Chief Executive Officer

Building Research Establishment ( BRE )

Watford with regular UK and international travel

  • Location

    Watford with regular UK and international travel

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  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive salary, plus bonus and benefits

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  • Expiry date

    25 October 2018

  • Client

    Building Research Establishment ( BRE )

Ref: GSe43129

An international, multi-disciplinary building science organisation, we have been making a positive difference in the built environment since 1921, improving buildings and infrastructure through our targeted application of research and knowledge generation. Owned by a charity called BRE Trust, we deliver one of the largest programmes of built environment education and research for the public good, with a complete range of advisory, testing, certification, commissioned research and training services. We also use our cutting-edge collaborative research to provide a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications to bring about positive change in the global built environment.

As our new Chief Executive, you will provide outstanding leadership to our complex, multi-dimensional business as we approach our centenary, helping us to achieve national and international growth and commercial success within the context of our strong value set. You’ll do this through leading the definition and implementation of a coherent future focused vision that strongly resonates with a broad range of customers and stakeholders, ensuring that we maintain and build on our reputation for independence and expertise as a global organisation that makes a difference. To do this, we must run our business well. We are at a key juncture and the decisions we make now will not only impact our future, but also the world and environment in which we live.

A Chief Executive in an organisation of analogous scope, size and complexity or Divisional Director of a comparable business, you will have successfully delivered an ambitious enterprise wide strategy and change plan in support of profitable UK and international business growth. You will have achieved this in an organisation in which technical and academic excellence is a given and development of innovative products and services are core capabilities. Having defined and implemented the required organisational change in support of business plans, you will have embedded a customer-centric, collaborative culture to provide products and services that respond to a broad range of customer and partner challenges and opportunities.

You will be an outstanding leader who operates with authority and gravitas in all respects, having thrived in a dynamic, changing industry sector where you have led, developed and motivated diverse, specialist teams to collaborate and deliver exceptional outcomes on behalf of a range of customers, partners and stakeholders. With a track record of developing and motivating individuals and teams to innovate and maximise intellectual capital, products and services, you will be a customer service champion, able to shape and run an agile, highly responsive yet complex business that delivers important outcomes and commercial results, with a willingness to go on record and promote UK plc at the most senior, formal levels, both in industry and government.

Closing Date for ApplicationsFriday 26 October 2018
Preliminary Interview with GatenbySandersonWednesday 7 November 2018 to Friday 9 November 2018
Assessments Following the Short Listing
Interview ProcessFirst Interview - Weeks commencing 10 December & 17 December 2018. Immersion Day - Weeks commencing 7 January & 14 January 2019. Final Panel Interview - Tuesday 22 January 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Eleanor Lawrence: 020 7426 3379