Chief Operating Officer

Location
London
Salary
c. £85,000
Posted
20 Mar 2019
Closes
17 Apr 2019
Ref
71164
Position/Level
COO
Contract Type
Permanent
Language
English

National Portrait Gallery

Chief Operating Officer

Salary: c. £85,000  

Location: London

The National Portrait Gallery, founded in 1856 and housed in a Grade 1 listed building, encourages reflection on the nature of British identity, individual achievement and the impact and influence of people making a mark on the country’s history. With rapid changes taking place in our society, the Gallery has a key role to play in reflecting these changes and supporting a culture of inclusion.

The Gallery seeks a dynamic Chief Operating Officer to join its Executive Group. The successful candidate will be responsible for the strategic oversight of the Gallery’s commercial, communications, development, digital, and estates & operations functions, raising its profile with external stakeholders and maximising income.

This is a particularly exciting time as the Gallery is in the planning process of a transformative £35.5m capital project, Inspiring People – the biggest development since the building first opened. The new Chief Operating Officer will play a pivotal role in supporting the successful delivery of the project.

The Role

  • Contributing to the Gallery’s strategic and corporate planning and risk management processes on a day-to-day basis.
  • Defining and delivering effective strategies and plans across the Gallery, which enhance and develop its profile with a wide range of supporters, stakeholders, visitors and customers.
  • As a member of the Company Trading Board, leading the development and delivery of a successful Commercial Strategy.
  • Leading the development of an effective communications and marketing strategy, including digital, and supporting the Director of Development in delivering a fundraising strategy.
  • Ensuring successful leadership in the delivery of the Inspiring People project and working with the Executive Group to ensure that the values of the project are maintained once the building work is complete.
  • Supporting the Director of Estates & Operations in providing strategic leadership across the Estates and Operations team.
  • Being a visible senior ambassador for the Gallery and the Inspiring People project, attending events as a Gallery representative.

The Candidate

  • A strong operational delivery background and demonstrable experience of leading performance and service delivery in a complex, challenging environment.
  • A successful track record in implementing large-scale business transformation in an operational context.
  • Outstanding leadership skills with the ability to motivate, manage and inspire multi-disciplinary teams and to set a compelling vision.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, with a track record of developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide-range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Takes a broad interest in the long-term success and development of the Gallery.
  • Commercially astute with entrepreneurial flair.
  • Experience of overseeing the management of a public building, which is open all year round, would be desirable.

For further information and details on how to apply, please click on the 'apply' button.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; William Pringle or Leia Clancy on 020 7529 3090.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 17th April 2019

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