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Director of Commercial and Services Cambridge Students’ Union

We are looking for someone with the right vision and leadership style. We want you to set ambitious targets for yourself and others and provide a clear vision to achieve incredible results.

  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: £41,349 - £50,636 per annum

Cambridge Students’ Union (Cambridge SU) is a growing charity. In recent years, we have almost tripled in size and we are targeting further growth.  We have one clear goal; to be a ground-breaking organisation that leads the way in representation for all students.

As our Director of Commercial and Services, we want you to help us build a range of commercial spaces and ventures for students, from the ground up. We are planning to open our first new venture in 2023, of which you would lead the planning, design and delivery.

Our 2025 strategy has a clear focus on building strong communities for students. We have exciting ideas and will be seeking to develop other social spaces for students over the course of our strategy. We will be excited to discuss some of our ideas with you, as well as learn about the vision you might have for growth.

You will also lead our Marketing and Communications team and all our outsourced services; finance, HR, IT and media sales. We do not expect you to have expertise in all of these areas, although experience of managing external partners or leading multiple portfolios would be helpful.

Our Director of Commercial and Services is a critical leadership position within the Union. We are looking for someone with the right vision and leadership style. We want you to set ambitious targets for yourself and others and provide a clear vision to achieve incredible results.

You will need practical leadership skills to ensure that new ideas get off the ground and barriers are overcome. It will be essential that the new Director can effectively manage critical stakeholder relationships, in particular our relationship with the University.

We are focused on finding someone with the right values and vision to support our ambitious plans and we are open to supporting someone into their first Directorship. We recognise that not all candidates will meet all our criteria. If you have the right vision and values, a commitment to professional development and some of the key experiences we encourage you to consider this role.

We have an incredible support package in place to help our new Director grow professionally, which includes access to an MBA and ILM level 7 in leadership. We also have an experienced leadership team to support with developing your day-to-day leadership.

Cambridge SU is proud to be a Living Wage accredited employer. We particularly encourage candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy as these groups are under-represented at this level across the organisation. Let us or our recruitment partners at Peridot Partners know if there are any barriers you have to applying and we will seek to work with you to overcome them wherever possible.

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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Dear Candidate,

We’re so excited that you are interested in joining Cambridge SU during this integral period of growth and change. We’re an ambitious and new SU, having been established in 2020. This is an exciting time for the organisation as we have recently developed a new strategy and have moved into a new building.

We’re looking for someone to join the team to own, create and grow our commercial services. The ideal candidate will thrive at taking on this new opportunity, and building services within the vision of the SU.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Amelia & Zaynab

About Cambridge Students' Union

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and celebrated universities. It is widely acknowledged as a global leader in the Higher Education sphere, and consistently ranks highly among the best universities in the world for teaching, research and student outcomes.

Cambridge SU is the representative body for all 24,000 students at the University of Cambridge and its constituent Colleges; it is a registered charity within the University community that exists to represent, campaign for, and support students at the University.

The Union has incredible access to decision-making across the Collegiate community, representing members’ interests on most major committees. The University has adopted many agendas promoted by the Union in recent years, from changing assessment methods to increase flexibility for students, to committing to address sensitive cultural challenges at the institution such as sexual harassment and unconscious bias.

Key challenges for the University centre on Widening Participation efforts to increase participation from students from less traditional backgrounds, and in navigating the current funding challenges facing the Higher Education sector. For students, many wish to see a more progressive approach applied to the student experience by modernising the best of what Cambridge already offers.

The SU is led by 8 Sabbatical Officers, and has 18 full-time staff and 5 part-time staff.

Our vision

We will increase the power of the Cambridge students community to deliver positive change whilst also enhancing our students’ experience.

Our Mission

We will provide high-quality tools, skills, strategies, knowledge and development opportunities for students to share their education and experiences. We are proactive in building student communities and developing effective relationships.

Our Values

  • Open
  • Empowering
  • Community-Building
  • Bold
  • Creative


Cambridge SU is a creative and progressive student-led organisation that is committed to the equal opportunity for all.

Our staff are key enablers to the work of the union on behalf of Cambridge SU’s membership community.

Cambridge SU is a Living Wage accredited employer. The Living Wage Foundation celebrate and recognise the leadership of responsible employers who choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum.

Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and a high adjustable and accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Generous annual leave and additional closure days between Christmas and New Year, an additional day of annual leave on your birthday, and also additional days leave to move house.
  • Access to training and development oppertunites
  • We offer Tech and Cycle salary sacrifice schemes
  • We operate a Hybrid working policy (typical expectations are 3 days in the office 2 days from home).

Cambridge SU is committed to creating an organisation in which all members and employees are respected, discrimination is not tolerated and diversity is encouraged. All members and employees will be treated fairly and with respect.

Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds.

We particularly welcome applications from those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within Cambridge SU at this level.

We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post. We will do our utmost to provide formats more accessible to prospective applicants, please email us.

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 26th September 2022
    Longlisting: Friday 30th September 2022
    First stage interviews: Friday 14th October 2022
    Second stage interviews:  Friday 21st October 2022


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