This position suits – those with a commercial mind balanced with a working background in a membership-based business/construction/architecture or design.
You now have the chance to become the confident figurehead for leading the group’s five-year strategy, which aims to benefit a loyal and ever expanding membership. In return, you’ll play a pivotal part in the UK’s only trade body that dedicates itself to promoting the interests of the architectural ironmongery industry.
The opportunity to pioneer the latest era of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) – which has provided a valuable service to its members since 1961, is a fantastic chance for anyone with great drive and determination. If successful, you will be reporting to the President of the GAI and leading five full-time members of staff, helping to support two main revenue streams – membership acquisition and educational services.
This role seeks a strong leader, who possesses people-centric skills and can bring a strategy to life. If you are able to enthuse a team and promote an attitude, vision or service that can resonate with those working under, above and around you – then you may just be the person we are looking for.
To flourish in this role, you will need to have the ability to turn a plan into action, whether it’s through existing frameworks or your very own intuition. A large part of the client’s service is to ensure that the members are receiving the support they need, in terms of quality education, training and resource.
You will need to be able to balance the provision of world-renowned educational services, while keeping a close eye on improving the commercial position through driving up membership and increasing the GAI’s presence through its well-attended events. A proactive approach to increasing membership rates is a vital demand for this role.
The GAI has worked hard to attain its status and gain the respect of its members, so this same appreciation will need to be mirrored, and even improved upon. Retaining the GAI identity as an important industry brand and a valuable asset to the architectural ironmongery sector is imperative. This is very much a ‘hands on’ role, where the Director is expected to connect with GAI members and build rapports with a variety of people and organisations.
A decent knowledge of the sector or a willingness to learn it is desirable. You will need to develop a keen sense of the architectural ironmonger industry, which means public, political and regulatory policies will need to be followed and addressed, should these have an effect on the GAI service and its members. Due to the specialist scope of the Group, someone who has run a business or division with a background in construction, architecture or design would be highly desirable.
As the Director, you will also need to have an analytical mind. Measuring the success of campaigns or monitoring relevant data is important. The ability to analyse performance and results will be crucial for GAI future plans and agreements. The right person will need to identify, access, absorb and interpret relevant information and pinpoint high level key issues. The ability to read and analyse Management Accounts and make recommendations is crucial. Similarly, you must be confident in reading, understanding and commenting on legal documentation.
If you aren’t afraid of utilising existing contacts, as well as developing your own, then this will serve you well. You should have a can-do attitude and constantly consider the rights, demands and concerns of GAI members, in order to consistently deliver member value. While speaking on behalf of the GAI you will represent all elements of its service, to all its members and any third parties involved.
Having excellent people skills, the ability to engage all the team and to listen to those around you is key. Being a great listener and vigilant to the industry is essential because recognising membership voice and adapting to industry change will have to be dealt with efficiently as you manage stakeholder expectations and prioritise critical tasks. You will be heavily involved in contributing to and implementing a five-year plan, and it’s up to you to guide, inspire and deliver a GAI service from which every member can benefit from.
If you believe that your managerial background or your experience running an educational, training or industry specific membership body could bring value to this role, then we’d like to hear from you. This really is an outstanding opportunity to put your own mark on an already established association and to create a future that you, GAI and its members can be proud of.
As a recap, we are looking for someone who is:
– Analytical but not afraid to think on their feet.
– Professional but can communicate with all voices.
– Able to sustain success but also improve upon it.
– Willing to understand the industry and where it’s heading.
– Competent in balancing an educational scope with commercial necessities.
– Bold enough to drive membership through events and other avenues.
– Able to guide and focus others towards key objectives.
– Experienced in managing a team.
– Capable of using data and policy to align GAI agendas.
– Comfortable with preparing and monitoring budgets.
– Flexible to travel within the UK and, occasionally, internationally.
All in all, you’ll be an individual with gravitas, presence and first class influencing and communication skills.
Learn more about the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers by visiting their website.
Disclaimer: Please note, The Talem Recruitment Group have been retained exclusivity to handle the recruitment process on behalf of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers for this vacancy. All direct applications will be referred to Talem by GAI.