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Commercial Director

Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you have taken an interest in the role of Commercial Director at Leeds University Union.  Our current Commercial Director is moving on after 5 years, to become a Chief Executive with another Students’ Union and this role offers a great opportunity for LUU to build on our existing leadership.  2013-14 is an important year as we embark on a strategic review to create our new Plan for 2014-18 and we are excited to be welcoming two new directors to our team at the same time.

LUU is a highly regarded and successful organisation in our sector and we are keen to build further on our success.  We offer students a range of services and our members are at the heart of all that we do.  Student members of staff are integral to the running of our shops and bars, over 1000 volunteers organise a whole host of co-curricular activity from sports clubs and language societies to community projects with the elderly.  Our Advice Centre ensures there is support for students when things go wrong and we have a strong voice in the University and the wider Community representing students and lobbying for change.

The role of Commercial Director is vital to our success over the next few years.  We will be looking to this post-holder to ensure success for our financial strategy to allow us to invest in student services and lead innovation and continuous improvement in our existing portfolio of enterprises.  You will be able to commercialise ideas presented by our extensive market research with students and proposals which come directly from members of your team.  You will be able to recognise partnerships which can enhance the overall impact of LUU as well as create new income streams.

The right candidate for this post will be someone who will enjoy the challenge of leading change as part of our senior team and working with our Board of Trustees which includes elected students.  LUU has a very strong and unique culture and our people are vital to our success.  We live our behaviours on a daily basis and seek to ensure all our people are highly engaged and love their work.

The Job Description and Person Specification for the role can be found below. Simply fill in the information fields further down this page and they will be revealed to you and also emailed to you. Salary for this role is up to £65k.

I hope you take time to read more about this opportunity and about the work of LUU, please get in touch with our advising consultants if you would like to discuss any of the particulars further.  If you feel that the environment and challenges of this role could inspire you, then we look forward to receiving an application.

Aidan Grills 4 Bradley 4
Aidan Grills
Chief Executive
Bradley Escorcio
Chair of the Board of Trustees