Director (Part Time) - Science Discovery Centre

Science Discovery Centre

Remuneration commensurate with experience

This is an excellent opportunity for a commercially strong, experienced business leader to take on the day-to-day leadership of this highly-regarded and successful Science Discovery Centre.  Originally established in 1982 and moved to its present location in 1986, Catalyst offers a unique focal point into science by providing an award-winning science education programme supporting Key stage 1 to 4 and by preserving the heritage of the highly successful and commercial chemical industry.  After a number of years of financial pressure, the Centre has become a key part of the local visitor economy and now wishes to capitalise on this position of stability by the appointment of a part-time Director to lead the overall management and operation.

Reporting to the Chair and supported by a very strong, diverse and highly committed Board of Trustees, the appointee will be responsible for devising, developing & promoting policies and objectives for the efficient operation and further development of Catalyst to ensure its long-term future and ongoing development.  With a flexible and pragmatic approach, experience and understanding of a STEM related Industry and a strong commercial outlook, the appointee will be an exemplary relationship builder, have strong financial understanding and be a skilled negotiator whilst possessing outstanding people and communication skills.  Alongside the passion and commitment to deliver the organisation’s future, cultural fit will be of paramount importance to this appointment as will an understanding and acknowledgement of the issues the industry.  It is anticipated that the time commitment will be 4-5 days per month with additional time to be charged on a pro-rata basis.

Candidates, ideally qualified to degree level or equivalent in a science or technical discipline, should demonstrate a track record of strong commercial experience ideally within the science industry along with the ability to contribute strategically and develop strong teamwork with a high level of integrity.  With a demonstrable track record of relationship-building at the highest level, both internally and externally with all the key stakeholder groups, along with significant experience in the development and successful closure of new commercial and sponsorship opportunities, the appointee will demonstrate tenacity, ‘presence’ and strong financial awareness coupled with exemplary communication & presentation skills.  Listening, influencing and negotiation will all be key requirements of this individual along with strong analysis and decision-making skills and a positive, enthusiastic outlook to ensure that Catalyst continues its current path of development.

Interested applicants should send a detailed CV and covering letter quoting current salary and reference 1608/web to

Job Details

Part time
North West, England
Degree Level or Equivalent
November 4, 2016