AboutWith over 14,000 members, 150 sports clubs and societies, 4 elected officers and 2 venues, there’s always something to talk about at the Union of Brunel Students. As a democratically student led, registered charity we are guided by our values and committed to improving the student experience at Brunel and having a positive impact on their lives through the diverse services, activities and opportunities we provide.
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Chief of Operations to oversee the strategic management of our Commercial Services, Finance Department, HR & Compliance, and Facilities at the Union of Brunel Students.
Who are we?
Part business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professionally run, but different. Professional teams support Elected student leaders so as they make change, improve lives and fulfil potential, we help make it happen.
The Union of Brunel Students has a small but impactful staff team dedicated to serving the needs and interests of our members. Our size allows us to work closely together and make decisions quickly, while our passion for creating positive change means that every member of our team has an impact on helping us deliver our Vision to ensure that every student thrives at Brunel.
We are one of more than 600 students’ unions across the country. And with more than 15,000 members, 150 clubs and societies, a huge range of services and a bold strategy, we’re one of the most exciting.
What’s the job?
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Chief of Operations to oversee the strategic management of our Commercial Services, Finance Department, HR & Compliance, and Facilities at the Union of Brunel Students. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all services are operated cost-effectively and to the highest standards while maintaining compliance with legal and licensing regulations. You will be responsible for the line management of the Venues General Manager, the Finance department and the HR & Compliance Manager. You will also be responsible for the management of contracts relating to third-party provision of cleaning, security, maintenance, and catering and be the key liaison with the University on all facilities and estates related issues. As the organisational lead on Health & Safety, Risk management and Environmental sustainability, you will ensure the Union is a safe, compliant, and sustainable place for staff and members.
Who you are:
We are seeking a highly experienced and dynamic individual for the Chief of Operations role. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of strategic planning and management of commercial services, finance, and facilities. They should possess strong leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage and develop a diverse team. The candidate should also have a deep understanding of legal and regulatory requirements and be able to ensure compliance across the organisation.
The Chief of Operations will need to be innovative and able to identify new opportunities for income generation while maintaining excellent customer service and operational standards. The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical and project management skills, and a “can do” attitude. They should also have the ability to train and develop staff and show a successful approach to business planning.
Because you’re excited by the challenge!
If you are a strategic thinker who is passionate about developing and building projects and who possesses excellent leadership and communication skills, we encourage you to apply. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative team and to make a real difference in the Union.
We offer a generous benefits package to reward our staff’s hard work and commitment:
- Pension Scheme – statutory workplace pension scheme ‘NEST’.
- Generous holiday allowance – 25 days a year plus bank holidays. Additional days are given at Easter and Christmas in line with the University closure dates (usually about 5 additional days a year).
- Long service – 2 additional days leave will be given after 5 years continuous service
- TOTUM Card – All Union career staff are entitled to receive a TOTUM student discount card free of charge.
- Activ[email protected] – Free membership to our social sports programme.
- On-site parking – Parking on campus at a low-cost rate.
- Flexible Working – The Union adopts a flexible working environment.
- The opportunity for some homeworking
- Personal Development – The Union is fully committed to investing in your future. If you are interested in a training programme which you feel would benefit you within your current position you can submit a training request via your line manager.
- Employee assistance programme
- Excellent sick pay
- Enhanced Paternity and Maternity leave after a years’ service
Our Values are an important factor in The Union of Brunel Students as they drive our decisions.
- Driven by You
- Open to All
- Passionately positive
For more information on our values visit our website: www.brunelstudents.com and check out our strategic plan.