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Chief Executive Officer | The SU, University of Bath

Do you believe that when students come together, they can shape the communities they are part of for the better? This is a fantastic opportunity for the next Chief Executive to deliver a new strategy as the SU sets about re-inventing for the 21st century, and help agree a bold set of inclusive values that are fit for a modern SU.

  • Location: Bath, Somerset
  • Salary: c.£65,000 - £70,000

About the role

Our Students’ Union is the representative body of students at the University of Bath. We believe that when students come together, they can shape the communities they are part of for the better. Through our student leaders, elected representatives, staff and trustees, we grow and support communities of students as they provide opportunities for others and positively change the world around us.

We support a diverse range of activities, from helping students get their voice heard, providing advice, hosting student groups and offering a range of commercial events and venues, to ensure that students can have the transformative educational experience they deserve.

We enjoy an excellent relationship with our University partner and in recent years have modernised our infrastructure and developed a new cause-based strategy which will help us shape and evolve what we do in new and exciting ways. We have recently taken on two new additional venues which will allow us to provide more spaces on campus and in the city for students to socialise and enjoy extra-curricular activities, with dedicated spaces for art and community outreach as part of this.

Our new Chief Executive will pick up our new strategy as we set about re-inventing the Students’ Union for the 21st century, and help us agree a new bold set of inclusive values that are fit for a modern SU. We can then work towards delivering the ambitions set out in the plan.

Who we are looking for

Our ideal Chief Executive is someone with has high levels of emotional intelligence, who role models inclusive leadership and can thrive when working with multiple stakeholders to solve complex challenges.

We currently benefit from a good financial position but, like most charities, we could benefit from further diversifying our income streams and looking for more efficient ways to deliver our KPIs. It will be important that you have strong financial acumen and experience in income generation and leading sizeable budgets.

We are developing an action plan to help us deliver a structured approach to bringing together all equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives in one place; this includes us working towards Investors in Diversity accreditation. We strongly encourage any candidate who has a track record of demonstrating inclusive leadership to consider this opportunity, and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

If you are inspired by our mission, we would love you to contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel, Business Manager | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 6th January 2021

Our Benefits:

We offer competitive salaries, a vibrant and fun working environment and flexible working to enable your work-life balance.

We offer more than just a “job”; we offer career opportunities for committed and ambitious people to help shape our organisation and the lives of the students we represent.

Our staff enjoy a safe and pleasant working environment, with a variety of benefits encompassing pay, generous pension and work-life balance, along with excellent facilities on campus.

You can find out more at: Staff benefits

Join us and be part of our story!

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Bill Yuksel

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Welcome from Francesco Masala, SU President

We’re so pleased you found us.

We believe that students can and want to shape the communities they are part of for the better.

Through our student leaders and elected representatives, we create opportunities for students to come together and inspire them to make change and shape the world around them.

It’s a seriously fun place to work, driven by our values with a diverse and international perspective, with a really supportive staff team and a focus on your development.

Students’ unions come in all shapes and sizes. With job roles at all levels, and with more than 550 unions across the country, you can work with us to start building a career doing what you love.

Come join us!

Francesco Masala
The SU, University of Bath President

About The SU, University of Bath

What we do:

The Students’ Union is the body of students at the University of Bath. We believe that when students come together, they can shape the communities they are part of for the better. Through our student leaders and elected representatives, we grow and support communities of students as they provide opportunities for others and change the world around us for the better.

Together we promote student interest and welfare, provide support and advice, represent the student community with the University and others, and provide social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities.

How we do this is through student-led:

Voice – helping students stand up, speak up and make their voice heard,

Experiences – making friends and memories that last a lifetime,

Groups – broadening horizons with our communities of students,

Support – providing advice and support on student life,

Development – developing the skills students need to lead and change.

Our work is overseen by an independent board made up of six elected student officers, two independent students and five external independent trustees. The SU is funded by a grant from the University of Bath, membership income and the commercial revenue that we generate through our range of student spaces and services.

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    Please download the Chief Executive Applicant Pack and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

    If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

    To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “CEO, The SU Bath University” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


    Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 6th January 2021
    Preliminary interviews: Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th January 2021
    Final interviews: Friday 29th January 2021

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