Vacancy: Chief Executive – Dundee Heritage Trust

Vacancy: Chief Executive – Dundee Heritage Trust

Job Title: Chief Executive – Dundee Heritage Trust

Responsible to: The Trustees of Dundee Heritage Trust

Closing date: Friday 23rd November 2018


These are exciting times for Dundee. The city is undergoing a radical transformation which has put it in the international spotlight like never before.

With £1billion being spent regenerating the Waterfront area, Dundee has been named “the coolest little city in Britain” and a must-visit European tourism destination.

Culture and tourism are key drivers of the new Dundee economy, and further exciting developments in these areas are likely as part of the forthcoming Tay Cities Deal.

An opportunity has arisen to be right at the heart of all this, as Chief Executive of the organisation behind two of the city’s two most prominent 5 star visitor attractions.

Dundee Heritage Trust, and its operating company Dundee Industrial Heritage Limited, are registered charities formed in 1985 to preserve and interpret Dundee’s industrial past.

The jewels in its crown are Discovery Point, located in the heart of the Waterfront and home to the ship which took Scott and Shackleton on their first expedition to Antarctica, and Verdant Works, a world class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage.

The Trustees of Dundee Heritage Trust are looking for a dynamic individual to lead the organisation through this exciting period, maximising the opportunities that the coming years present.

The successful candidate will bring vision and creativity, experience in the sector, and the personality to lead and inspire the team.

Job Overview

Dundee Heritage Trust and its’ operating company Dundee Industrial Heritage Limited are registered charities formed in 1985 to preserve and interpret Dundee’s industrial past.

The Chief Executive is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership of the organisation, working closely with the Executive Management Team to successfully run its two leading visitor attractions – Discovery Point and Verdant Works – and various key programmes from preservation to education.

The role requires an inspiring and experienced individual who can act as an ambassador for the brand, deliver on the organisations’ vision for the future, and maximise all revenue and funding streams.

Key responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the Trustees and with the support of the Executive Management Team, deliver a three-year vision and strategy which achieves a level of commercial growth consistent with the increasing profile and footfall anticipated on the back of V&A Dundee, the Tay Cities Deal and other related city developments.
  • Responsible for the revenue/profit performance of the Trust, providing both commercial and people leadership required to achieve this.
  • Raising the profile of the company and its brands and growing its audiences, as well as maximising existing and identifying new sales/ fund raising streams.
  • Presenting plans for Trustee approval and reporting on progress against these plans.
  • Recognised internally and externally as an Ambassador for the Trust – government, relevant agencies, media as well as local / national industry partners.
  • Leading and supporting a valued, engaged and developed workforce which is intrinsically involved in delivering all aspects of the above.

Qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience

  • Minimum of three successful years in a leadership position in the visitor attractions/heritage/museums sectors.
  • Understanding of relevant legal, statutory and regulatory obligations including obligation in relation to charities regulations.
  • Wide ranging knowledge of the industry.
  • Sound knowledge of financial management and ability to monitor and respond proactively to key performance indicators.
  • Dynamic leadership skills.
  • Experience of working with the press, TV and digital media.
  • Excellent marketing /promotional and presentation skill to support the position’s ambassadorial role.
  • Experience of delivering large-scale projects to expected timescale and budget.

How to apply

This is a challenging but exciting role which offers the right candidate a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on an award-winning organisation – and a city on the up.

Applicants are invited to send their CV’s to Val King and if you require further information please contact Val on 01382 309060

Closing date: Friday 23rd November 2018

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