Head of Study Programme and Development

Institute for Masters of Wine


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    20 October 2019

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    Institute for Masters of Wine

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The Institute for the Masters of Wine

Job title: Head of Study Programme and Development

Salary: Competitive

Location: 6 Riverlight Quay London SW11 8EA United Kingdom

The Institute for the Masters of Wine is a professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. Our members, the Masters of Wine (MWs), hold the most respected title in the world of wine. MWs have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the MW examination, recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards.

There are 390 Masters of Wine today, working in 30 countries. The membership encompasses winemakers, buyers, journalists, shippers, business owners, consultants, academics, and wine educators. In addition there are 360 current students, from 45 countries, in the MW study programme. Through our members and activities, the IMW promotes excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community and has international expansion plans.  

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Study Programme and Development will be a key member of the institute’s executive team, responsible for the delivery of the study programme and Master of Wine examinations consistently across geographies for the 300+ candidates currently preparing for the exams. Within that remit the postholder will be responsible for building the membership of the institute by attracting high calibre potential members and supporting them through the process to becoming Masters of Wine and will work closely with the Executive Director in establishing processes and building an infrastructure to enable the IMW to achieve its goals.

Leading the small but global Education and Exam team, the post holder will require highly developed communication skills, cultural intelligence, strategic leadership, a passion for teaching and learning and meticulous attention to detail. Experience of working within the wine industry is not a requirement for this role, however a genuine interest in the world of wine, would be essential.

This is a unique opportunity to join an elite organisation with a global reputation for excellence in wine education, offering candidates the opportunity to travel globally and contribute to the international expansion of the organisation.

If you feel you have the skills and experience, we are looking for then we would be delighted to hear from you. For an informal and confidential conversation please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Ludovica Orlando 0207 4263993 ludovica.orlando@gatenbysanderson.com or Alison Elton 07785 614435/ Alison.elton@gatenbysanderson.com

Closing date: 20th October 2019

Closing date20 October 2019
Preliminary interviews22-23 October 2019
Short listing25 October 2019
Final panel01 November 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.

Associated documents
  1. IMW Student Guide.pdf