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Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation – Richmond upon Thames College

Richmond upon Thames College

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In this newly created role of Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation, you will be working closely with the Chief Executive & Principal and Corporation Board to define and deliver a commercial growth strategy for the new £80m campus which is due to open early 2020. You'll play an integral role in delivering commercial income targets as well and providing effective strategic leadership of the college’s commercial development and enterprise function, including the creation of a new College Development Office.

  • Location: Twickenham
  • Salary: Competitive plus 10% PRP
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About the role

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The newly created role Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation comes at a pivotal time for us, investing in an £80m campus. The role will lead on all commercial activities for Richmond upon Thames College Trading Company.

This is an exciting time to be joining the organisation as we enter a significant period of transformation and capitalise on our reputation for being one of London’s most innovative Further Education Colleges. As a senior post holder and reporting directly into the CEO and Principal, the Executive Director of of Business Development & Innovation will lead on the college’s commercial and innovation strategy including the setting up of a Development Office/Foundation. As a natural and persuasive leader, you will need to identify and attract brands and businesses to partner with for mutual success. This position will play a critical role in maximising income generation from the new campus and identifying new business opportunities through bids and tenders.

There is the opportunity for the right candidate to progress to Managing Director of Richmond Upon Thames Trading Company.

Who we're looking for

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We are looking for a strategic and highly driven Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation. The post holder will be part of the college’s Senior Leadership Team and lead on the development and implementation of the commercial business development strategy for Richmond upon Thames Trading Company.

The successful candidate will facilitate the growth of commercial income. A strong and proven track record in securing revenue streams is essential for this role. You will be a natural relationship builder who thrives at networking and events, maximising marketing and PR opportunities.

A passionate and driven leader, you will lead our commercial activities leveraging the college’s unique offering.

You will be comfortable and adaptable in developing a new role and environment. It is essential that you can balance the needs of our students, our values as an organisation and the requirement to drive commercial income.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Samantha Bunn | samantha@perdiotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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Dear Candidate,

FE recruitment for Richmond upon Thames College, Robin Ghurbhurun

Thank you for your interest in the role of Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation at Richmond upon Thames College. Our college is one of London’s most successful further education colleges and what makes us stand out is our future-focused and ambitious agenda for further education and skills.

Over the past few years the college has strengthened its position in the London FE landscape through an ambitious strategic plan that has delivered improvements across all aspects of our work. We are currently in the process of developing one of the most impressive FE estates in London and our new £80m campus provides us with the opportunity to deliver an agenda which transforms how FE and skills are delivered. This investment in our estate typifies the level of ambition we have for our organisation and our students; we are forward thinking and future-focused, and committed to delivering excellence in all that we do.

The campus will establish RuTC as a destination for the public, local community and employers with many new facilities. Following this investment, we are now recruiting for an Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation.

The post holder will be part of the college’s Leadership Team, leading on the development and implementation of the business development strategy of the college. They will facilitate the growth of commercial income responsive to markets and through existing and new innovative structures, operating models, marketing channels and partnerships. The Executive Director of Business Development & Innovation will also ensure effective student access to our Commercial Business Centres.

The post holder will be a senior executive with a strong commercial background. We are looking for a target focused, values driven individual who can demonstrate highly productive business relationships with a strong vision for utilising college assets to maximise profitability and mutually beneficial outcomes for the college and its customer base.

Proven track record of success in executive management and inspirational leadership is something that we are looking for in our candidates. We encourage applications from candidates who inspire and empower, who know that there is no better feeling than being part of a successful and dynamic team.

If you feel you have the experience, ideas and commitment to contribute to our exciting agenda we look forward to receiving an application from you.

With best wishes,

Robin Ghurbhurun
Chief Executive and Principal

FE recruitment for Richmond upon Thames College

Richmond upon Thames College is no ordinary further education college, we are here to inspire our students and promote aspirational opportunities for them. Over the past few years the College has strengthened its position in the London FE landscape through an ambitious strategic plan that has delivered improvements across all aspects of our work. We are currently in the process of developing one of the most impressive FE estates in London and our new £80m campus will change the way we deliver education for our students and local communities.

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We are an ambitious organisation and this investment in a new campus exemplifies our level of ambition. The building will establish Richmond upon Thames College as a destination for business, local community groups, individuals and employers with many new facilities including a new sports hall, restaurants, spas, art studios and many more fantastic spaces.

Our values are based on mutual respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability. We want to be a college that enhances careers and life chances, that inspires and a commitment to our community values.

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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Timetable:

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 1st July 2019
Interviews: w/c Monday 15th July

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