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Location: Sunderland

Salary: Salary: up to £60k

Job Type:

Job ID: 168589

We are working in partnership with the Trustee Board to identify creative, inspirational and dedicated candidates for the role of General Manager to provide both strong leadership and strategic support to the Sisters of Mercy Order based at Oaklea Convent in Sunderland.

Notwithstanding the history and success to date, the Trustees recognise the future direction and function of the Convent needs much greater focus and a clearly defined, more agile strategy. You will therefore work closely with the members of the Order and the Trustees to oversee aspects of longer term planning whilst also ensuring the smooth running of all operational and financial activities within the Convent and its associated charity status.

Interestingly this unique leadership role embodies a fundamental challenge of maintaining emphasis on the traditional role of the Order around faith and education, whilst also deploying more progressive thinking towards future sustainability and financial stewardship.

Despite the unique nature of the charity organisation, it is anticipated that candidates will bring significant insight and transferrable skills from leadership roles within other sectors. Ideally covering disciplines such as finance, property, human resources, and operational management.

Candidates would ideally have strengths in the following specific areas:-

  • Leadership experience

  • Finance background and / or ability to prepare & scrutinise management reports

  • Commercially astute

  • Team motivation & management skills

  • Communication & relationship skills – internally and externally

  • Energy, drive and enthusiasm

  • Caring, values based mindset

  • Prior experience of asset management, investment portfolios would be desirable

  • Exposure to property, estates & facilities services would also be desirable

This is clearly a really interesting and quite unique opportunity recognising the values based context within which the role sits, its charity status and the obvious wider, positive impact that both the Convent and the order has within modern society.

The ideal candidate will therefore be someone who would thrive on the custodial nature of the role whilst at the same time channelling the skills & strategies developed elsewhere, putting them to best use within the Convent and this highly rewarding leadership opportunity.

Applications would be welcomed from candidates with a faith based background, albeit not necessarily from the Catholic Church. Full consideration will be given to aspects of part-time or flexible working, depending on personal circumstances.

If you would like to apply, please forward a copy of your CV together with a covering letter summarising why you are interested in this opportunity, and why you believe you are relevant.

If you require any further information or have any questions, please contact our appointed consultant: Scot McHarg at NRG Executive E: scotmcharg@nrgplc.com T: 0191 260 4472

Closing date: noon 16th April