Job Opportunity: Chief Executive at IMarEST

The Role

Based in London and reporting to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive leads and manages the IMarEST Executive team, its subsidiary companies and associated organisations and is responsible for:

  • Developing and delivering the strategic plan and annual business plan & budget;
  • Providing strong leadership and guidance to the Executive;
  • Providing strong leadership and support to the global volunteer teams e.g. branches & SIGs;
  • Ensuring strong governance processes underlying the work of IMarEST committees;
  • Ensuring robust protocols for regulatory work in Intergovernmental organisations;
  • Assuring the long-term sustainability of the Institute by delivering valued services to existing members and recruiting new members;
  • Acting as a key spokesperson for IMarEST with press, media, governments and intergovernmental organisations;
  • Representing IMarEST as a speaker at conferences and seminars;
  • Supporting the President and other office holders;
  • Maintaining strong processes and developing a high performing, continuous improvement culture across the Executive and volunteer teams;
  • Maintaining robust HR processes to ensure high performance.

Key relationships will be with:

  • Members;
  • Presidential team;
  • Board of Trustees and its committees;
  • Council and its committees;
  • Branch office holders and committees;
  • UN intergovernmental bodies;
  • National governmental bodies;
  • Industry, academic and training organisations;
  • Royal Academies, Engineering UK, Engineering Council and other professional engineering organisations;
  • Science Council and other science & technology organisations;
  • Key partners and suppliers;
  • Guild of Benevolence.

The Individual

The successful candidate for this role must have the proven ability to run a (not-for-profit) organisation with full P&L responsibility and the necessary experience to give the organisation clear direction and provide visible and convincing leadership both to the Board of Trustees and the Executive; experience of managing volunteers is also critical. The new Chief Executive must have outstanding written and spoken English skills and the capability to communicate to different audiences, where some people are non-native English speakers, and to present to large audiences with the ability to stay on message with the press and media. The candidate needs to have “presence” in a room and stand out as an ambassador for the Institute; stakeholders need to naturally seek and listen to his/her opinion on important issues. Building relationships with key stakeholders is the key part of the role and the ideal candidate must have the skills to keep a range of participants with differing points of view engaged in discussions and persuade them to come to a common understanding and approach to solving issues.

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes and experience:

  • Held a leadership position in an international membership or marine related organisation;
  • Experience in, knowledge of, or passion for the marine sector;
  • Good knowledge of macroeconomic drivers and the environmental agenda;
  • A network of contacts within the marine sector;
  • Comfortable dealing with grass roots members around the world and individuals at Board level;
  • Board room presence: the ability to interact with high level contacts and build consensus on long-term strategy, to initiate the appropriate tactical and operational actions for the Institute;
  • Self-starter who leads by example;

Motivated and dedicated; achieves results with and through his/her team.

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