Location: Flexible with 2 circa days in London
Salary: Attractive package, including significant six figure base salary
Closing date: 13 August 2021
With a compelling vision to make the UK the most competitive, dynamic and future focused economy in the world, with business at the heart of social progress, working in service for the nation, the CBI’s purpose has never been more relevant: To transform the UK economy and in doing so create a better society for all.
In November 2020 Tony Danker began a five-year term as CBI Director General, motivated by the desire to help the country build a better economy and society. In May 2021 the Seize the Moment economic strategy was launched, identifying a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reset the UK economy, born from the scale of the shocks facing the nation: the COVID-19 pandemic; our new relationship with the EU; the speed of technological progress; and the climate imperative. Identifying six business-led opportunities for the UK to capture by 2030, the Seize the Moment strategy targets a decarbonised economy; an innovation economy; a globalised economy; a regionally thriving economy; an inclusive economy; and a healthier nation. Together these represent an economic prize estimated to be worth circa £700bn.
What’s more, in 2020 the CBI’s President, Lord Karan Bilimoria, announced the launch of the Change the Race Ratio, a campaign to increase racial and ethnic participation in British businesses. Advocating urgent action on black and ethnic minority representation at senior leadership levels, the campaign asks signatory companies to set clear and transparent goals to deliver real change and in doing so reap the well evidenced performance benefits that racial and ethnically diverse businesses deliver.
To realise the growth opportunities presented by the Seize the Moment strategy and the Change the Race Ratio campaign, the CBI is now seeking to appoint a Chief Commercial Officer who will be stretching and striving in delivering the next phase of the CBI’s development. The appointee will unleash growth through the delivery of key priorities which include growing membership; building successful ventures; developing and refining the proposition; extending the confederation strategy; stakeholder engagement; and building a highly effective team working in the Commercial Directorate (circa 100 FTEs) and across the CBI as a whole. The CBI are especially interested in hearing from diverse candidates who will bring fresh thinking and a new perspective, whilst ensuring continued momentum towards achieving the CBI’s own diversity and inclusion agenda.
The ideal candidate will bring the ability to inspire and motivate others whilst setting a clear path to the delivery of the vision. They will combine highly effective commercial leadership experience in both sales and account management with the ability to develop mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations; and innovative products and services. A highly capable communicator, they will take an agile approach to execution; have an inclusive and collaborative leadership style; and a passion for building diverse teams.
This role offers an unprecedented opportunity to influence the future of the UK economy and play a key part in placing business at the heart of social progress, working is service for the nation. To be successful, you’ll have an affinity with the CBI’s purpose and vision and be an advocate for building diverse businesses across the UK.
To apply please email Victoria Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and current salary details, quoting reference number: JSWB6725