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Chief Executive Students’ Union Bournemouth University (SUBU)

We seek a Chief Executive who can role model empowering leadership, provide a holistic and strategic vision for our services, and possess the collaborative skills necessary to unite the teams and partners needed to achieve that vision.

  • Location: Bournemouth (at least 3 days on campus)
  • Salary: £82,700 - £88,500

We’re SUBU, the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University, dedicated to ensuring students get the very best from their university experience. 

As an independent charity, our mission is to enhance the lives of Bournemouth University students. Whether through running clubs and societies, hosting events in our venues, or supporting students with our Advice Service, we aim to be the voice of students at Bournemouth University.

Our goal is to achieve the very best for each and every student – whether that’s ensuring the highest quality learning experience, providing opportunities to enhance career success, or simply offering a welcoming and fun place to socialise and make friends.

As our Chief Executive, you will lead an ambitious team and build on a strong foundation. You will have the opportunity to develop a new strategic plan with the goal of helping us realise our full potential.

The past years, marked by the pandemic and its social, political, and economic aftermath, have been the most challenging in SUBU’s history, impacting our services, finances, and ways of working.

Despite the challenges, we have remained focused on our core purpose: our students.

Every decision we make and action we take is guided by the needs of our students.

We seek a Chief Executive who can role model empowering leadership, provide a holistic, financially sustainable and strategic vision for our services, and possess the collaborative skills necessary to unite the teams and partners needed to achieve that vision.

SUBU has always been there for students and always will be. If this inspires you, we encourage you to get in touch.

We particularly welcome applications from those traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles.

Inclusion and fairness are core values of our organisation; we celebrate diversity and encourage it in all operations. Proud of the diversity reflected in our staff, trustees, and sabbatical officers, we acknowledge there is always more to do. We work tirelessly to ensure people from marginalised communities are involved in decision-making processes at all levels within SUBU.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063


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Welcome from the CEO

At the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (BU), our mission is to create for BU students a home away from home and give them the opportunities to develop their skills and find their community. We do this through our diverse offer of over 80 clubs and societies, volunteering opportunities and campaigns targeted at specific student groups to celebrate the diversity of our student body and give them a platform to use their voice.

To ensure the direction of our union is representative of our students and our needs, we are proud to be completely student-led. We strive to empower our student voice through our 6 liberation networks, 4 full-time officer roles and 11 part-time officer roles which are all democratically elected.

We are very proud to cater to a very diverse body of students unrepresented by the traditional demographic composition of Bournemouth, such as international students, mature students, students with care responsibilities, commuting students etc.

SUBU’s new CEO will join a students’ union brimming with prospects and aspirations. Offering an unrivalled opportunity to shape the new strategic direction, you will harness the potential of a place people love, because of the vibrancy of our university and local communities, the strength of our teams, the experience of our people, the wealth of our culture and values and the quality of our outstanding natural environment and create the best learning and life experience for both our students and staff.

The key skills we seek in a successful candidate include:

  • The ability to work very closely with the Full-Time Officer team and ensure the team is being supported always.
  • Financial acumen with a strong understanding of the role commercial services play in the sustainability of the SU.
  • Understanding of the structure of the SU and the importance of the direction of the SU being student-led.
  • Be experienced in managing staff, maintaining morale and a positive work environment.
  • Experienced in engaging the university as a stakeholder and managing stakeholder relationships.

We look forward to receiving your applications soon.

About Students’ Union Bournemouth University

The Student Union at BU Ltd., otherwise known as SUBU, exists for Bournemouth University students. We are an independent charity dedicated to making the lives of Bournemouth University students better, whether that is through running clubs and societies, putting on events in our venues or supporting students with our Advice Service; we are here to be the voice of students at Bournemouth University.

Some of our recent achievements include:

  • Introducing an International Students Buddies scheme attracting over 400 students.
  • Using Student Representative feedback, putting in place Academic Advisers for all undergraduate students, regardless of their year of study.
  • Working with BU to develop a BU Maintenance Bursary that is automatically given to eligible students, ensuring they are received by all entitled to them.
  • We have established a thriving clubs and societies community with over 80 groups currently open for students to join. Each year, we see an increase in the diverse variety of clubs and societies that offer a vast array of interests to students.
  • Since 2018/19, we have provided independent advice to 7,500 students, with over 90% of clients who rate us consistently describing the service as Excellent or Good.
  • SUBU organise the largest end of year celebration at any UK university. The Summer Ball has become enshrined in student life and is a unique aspect of BU that students from other universities eye with envy. Nearly half of our students attend each year, and the post-event video is the most watched online content from BU or SUBU.
  • Each year, our liberation networks and campaigns ensure we have spaces and events celebrating the members of marginalised communities, allowing them to come together, create communities and promote intersectionality.

Our mission – Why we are here:

We will support, represent and empower you – our students – to make your vision a reality.

Our vision – What do we want to be:

We will be an excellent Students’ Union that helps you create the best university experience for yourself, your community, and your future.

Our Aims – What will we focus on:

  1. Realise your potential – We will deliver high-quality opportunities for students to develop and evidence transferable life skills that empower students to succeed.
  2. Create your community – We will deliver holistic support across areas of student life and studies, offering students opportunities to make friends, create lifelong networks and have fun.
  3. Empower your voice by being fully informed and student-led – We will work with students to ensure your voice is heard and, together, we make a positive impact.

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    Thank you for your interest in this role. Please download the Job Description and Person Specification.

    To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “SUBU – Chief Executive” into the subject field.

    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 2nd April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 5th April 2024
    First stage interviews: Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April 2024
    Second stage interviews: Thursday 25th April 2024

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