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Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Salary: £50k to £57k per annum

Hours per week: 35 hours per week over 5 days (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm)

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date:  14th December 2023

Interviews: w/c 15th January 2024

About Down Business Centre

Down Business Centre Ltd is a charity and social enterprise based in Downpatrick. Our core activities revolve around:

  • Promoting entrepreneurship

  • Encouraging the creation of new businesses

  • Promoting employment

  • Supporting the sustainability and growth of existing businesses

Our rental property base comprises three blocks of offices and 25 workspace units.  We recently opened a self-storage compound comprising 25 container units to provide businesses, community organisations and residential customers with flexible storage options. We also offer meeting room/conference room hire facilities.

Services include enterprise education activities in schools and community settings, pre-start-up training and advice, start-up training, advice and mentoring, as well as support to existing businesses through training and mentoring.  We also host various networking events.

Down Business Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Important Information
Location: Down Business Centre, Down Business Centre, Down Business Park, 46 Belfast Road, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, County Down, BT30 9UP
Date Posted: 16th November 2023
Closing Date: 14th December 2023
Job Type: Full time
Salary: From £50,000.00 Yearly to £57,000.00 Yearly

About the role

The role

The CEO will be responsible for all aspects of the Company’s operations and activities and for the management and supervision of staff.

Working closely with the Board of Trustees, the CEO will liaise externally with network partner organisations, Board appointed consultants/advisors, professional advisors (auditors and legal), the private sector, and other individuals or organisations that the Board may consider capable of assisting in the development of the Company’s aims and objectives.

The CEO will be responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan as agreed by the Board of Trustees.

The CEO will be responsible for the delivery of income, expenditure and capital costs in line with the approved budget.

A full job description is available to download.

To apply for the position, using the apply now button please provide a covering letter, summarising how your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for the position. 

An up-to-date CV with clear and concise information that can be used to determine your suitability for interview. This should include details of your current or most recent salary.

A minimum of two referees – with contact details - as well as guidance as to when, in the Recruitment process, we can take up these references.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to provide an Access NI check prior to taking up the role.

Down Business Centre reserve the right to enhance the criteria in the event of an unprecedented response.

What you will need

Required criteria

  • A recognised 4th level qualification in Business Management / Leadership or related discipline.
  • 3 years’ experience in a senior management role, working in a statutory / voluntary / community sector Centre with funding experience and staff management.
  • Proven experience of working closely with a non-executive trustee board, managing and developing a high performing team and budget management.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and assessment skills.
  • Personal drive and energy to achieve.
  • Able to influence external strategies and build strong relationships with outside bodies.
  • A professional approach and ability to work independently.
  • Team working skills with flexible and adaptable ‘can do’ attitude to work.
  • Ability to analyse and provide creative solutions to problems and communicate complex information in a range of formats.
  • A practical understanding of the issues and challenges facing people as they seek to set up their own businesses and those of existing business owners seeking to sustain and grow their enterprises.
  • Full driving licence and access to a car for business purposes or access to a form of transport that will meet the travel requirements of the post.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends if required.

Professional skills you’ll need for this job opportunity

Developing Strategic Alliances

Developing Strategic Alliances

Budgeting and Forecasting

Budgeting and Forecasting



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