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Job  Description  and  Person  Profile  for  Interim  General  Manager,  St  Bride  Foundation  
1.

Overview:  

St  Bride  Foundation  is  a  125  year-­‐old  charity  based  in  its  own  building  in  the  City  of  London.    The  
Foundation  was  set  up  to  support  the  community  of  print  workers  based  around  Fleet  Street,  and  
continues  to  offer  a  variety  of  services  which  support  the  local  working  community  and  also  celebrate  
the  Print  heritage  of  the  area.    The  Foundation  includes  the  fringe  theatre  known  as  The  Bridewell,  a  
bar,  rooms,  offices,  an  academic  library  and  a  working  Print  Room.  
 
St  Bride  Foundation  is  looking  for  an  interim  general  manager.    The  Foundation  is  going  through  a  
period  of  change,  and  requires  some  one  who  can  help  to  manage  the  operations  while    a  revised  
strategy  is  developed.    Working  with  the  Board,  the  successful  candidate  will  need  to  maintain  
business  as  usual  while  implementing    a  programme  of  changes  which  has  recently  been  started  and  
helping  to  move  the  Foundation  forward.  
The  role  is  currently  offered  as  a  six  month  contract  with  the  possibility  of  an  extension  to  be  agreed  
at  the  end  of  that  time  period.    This  is  an  interim  role  as  the  Foundation  reviews  its  activities.  The  
Board  wishes  to  take  time  to  consider  the  final  scope  of  the  role  as  the  strategy  develops  over  the  
coming  few  months.  
2.

Responsibilities  

Financial  







To  manage  the  activities  of  the  Foundation  in  line  with  the  plans  and  budgets  agreed  by  the  Board    
To  implement  and  review/revise  with  the  Board  as  necessary  the  plans  to  ensure  that  the  
Foundation  meets  the  targets  laid  out  for  revenue  and  costs  
To  report  to  the  Board  regularly  and  transparently  on  all  aspects  of  the  Foundation’s  performance    
To  oversee  the  provision  of  the  necessary  statutory  financial  and  other  reporting  for  the  Charity  
Commission,  external  auditors  and  other  bodies  
To  identify  opportunities  for  improvement  in  revenues  and  greater  efficiencies  in  costs  with  the  
Finance  Committee  
To    work  with  the  Board  to  prioritise  the  necessary  investments  to  develop  the  work  of  the  
Foundation  

Operational  and  People  Management  




To  lead  and  manage  efficiently  the  work  of  the  Foundation  staff  and  contractor  teams,  ensuring  
clarity  on  objectives  and  priorities  and  effective  delivery  of  services  
To    manage  the  staff  through  properly-­‐structured  performance  management,  appraisal  and  
reporting  systems  
To  ensure  that  robust  systems    and  proper  records  are  in  place  in  the  areas  of  staff  contracts,  and  
external  contracts  with  contractors,  suppliers,  sponsors  and  other  key  relationships  

 


To  manage  the  physical  fabric  of  the  building  and  maintain  it  in  good  repair  

To  ensure  that  the  Foundation  delivers  an  excellent  service  to  its  users  and  the  wider  public  
 
Strategic  





To  help  to  manage  the  implementation  of  the  new  corporate  strategy  with  the  Board,  staff  and  
other  stakeholders  
To  review  and  report  regularly  to  the  Board  on  progress    

External  Focus  
 

To  handle    relationships  with  key  stakeholders,  working  alongside  the  Board.    

To  represent  the  Foundation  externally  as  required  

To  ensure  the  development  of  an  effective  marketing  and  communications  programme  designed  to  
increase  the  number  of  businesses  and  clients  using  the  Foundation  

To  maintain  relations  with  relevant  trade  media  
 
Governance  
 

To  act  as  principal  staff  contact  with  Board  members    

To  manage  the  preparation  of  reports  for  the  Board,  including  its  minutes,  the  annual  plan  and  
budget,  and  ensure  good  communication  on  matters  of  operations  and  performance.  

To  ensure  that  the  Foundation  discharges  its  legal  obligations  in  respect  of  the  employment  of  
people  and  health  and  safety.  
 
3. Person  Specification  
 
We  would  expect  candidates  to  bring  evidence  of  consistent  achievement  as  a  senior  manager  in  an  
organisation  of  comparable  size  and  complexity.  Additionally  candidates  should  be  able  to  point  to:  
 
Essential  

Managing  an  organization  through  challenging  times    with  clear  measures  of  progress  and  success  

good  experience  of  financial  and  operational  management    in  a  small  organization  with  tight  
budgets  and  limited  people  and  financial  resources  

a  demonstrable  track  record  of  managing  people  successfully    in  a  manner  that  motivates      
employees  well      

evidence  of  managing  external  and  internal  communications  programmes  with  a  wide  variety  of  
stakeholders  

commitment  to  the  promotion  of  equality  and  diversity  
 
Desirable  

Experience    of  managing  a  meeting  and  entertainment  facility  (room  hire,  bar,  theatre,)  

Knowledge  of  the  printing  and  media  world  and/or  the  cultural  creative  industries  

Understanding  of  the  City  and  its  cultural  life  

Experience  of  working  in  the  charitable  sector  with  volunteers  and  fundraising  

Experience  of  sales  and  marketing    

Experience  of  working  in  a  customer-­‐  focused  organization  
 
In  addition,  we  would  look  for  the  following  qualities/capabilities:  

 
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Flexibility  and  pragmatism  
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Hands-­‐on  approach  to  getting  things  done  
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Strong  personal  communication  skills  
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Resilient  and  high  in  energy  
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Openness  and  transparency  
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Practical  creativity  
 
4. Term  of  appointment  
 
Initially  for  6  months  with  a  view  to  possible  extension.    Start  date  as  soon  as  practicable.  
 
5.  Remuneration  
 
Annual  salary  equivalent  -­‐  from  £55k  according  to  experience    
 
 


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