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Non Executive Directorships

NED for CQM Training and Consultancy

Location: Derbyshire

Date Posted: 21/01/2019

Closing Date: 22/03/2019

CQM Training and Consultancy, a subsidiary of the Instructus group, is a growing provider of training and development programmes, utilising levy funding for many of the programmes in the strategic areas of:

  • Continuous Improvement/Lean/Six Sigma
  • Business Skills including Leadership and Management
  • Vocational skills, particularly in the Food Industry

CQM’s client footprint is organisations of a turnover greater than £10m all the way up to multinationals.For example, key clients currently are Santander, Bakkavor, Diodes International, Swizzels Matlow and Roberts Bakery.CQM is proud to be a full provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and has won many national awards in recognition of the quality of its training provision, for example recently winning Training Programme of the Year at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards in partnership with a major snack foods manufacturer.

CQM is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Charity Instructus, and as such has accountability to the board of Trustees of that organisation as the single shareholder.Profits generated are used for strategic investment and to help fund the parent charity’s work furthering education for public benefit.

The Instructus board are looking to appoint an experienced Non-Executive Director to help CQM grow sustainably, whilst maintaining a focus on high quality of delivery.

The CQM Board

The Board Structure is as follows:

  • Managing Director of CQM
  • Operations Director of CQM
  • Sales and Marketing Director of CQM
  • CEO of Instructus
  • Non-Executive Director who is also a Trustee of Instructus
  • Non-Executive Director (new role) who is independent

The administration of the Board is supported by Instructus’ Senior Administrator. The board meets formally 4 times per year and also has ongoing responsibility to support the MD in developing and monitoring strategy deployment.

Role Purpose

As Non-Executive Director this role is to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the Executive Directors.The role will contribute to the development of strategy, performance and the management of risk at CQM.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide the necessary support and guidance to the executive team
  • Provide an independent oversight and scrutiny of CQM
  • Ensure appropriate governance is maintained
  • Provide a breadth of experience and specialist knowledge to the Board
  • Monitor performance of executive management, especially with regard to the progress made to achieving the determined company strategy and objectives
  • Play a prime role in appointing, developing and where necessary removing, executive directors and in succession planning
  • Alongside the board instil the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the boardroom and beyond
  • Chair board meetings

Key tasks and projects to include but not limited to:

  • Provide an impartial and independent view of CQM and its operations, removed from the day-to-day running of the business
  • Challenge and contribute to the development of the strategy
  • Draw on wider experience, in other organisations, to provide CQM with a breadth of understanding
  • Use specialist knowledge to input to decision making processes
  • Scrutinise the performance of the Board and other management in meeting objectives, including monitoring financial controls and risk management systems
  • Support management in developing a suitable succession plan
  • Commit to building a full understanding of CQM
  • Take time to understand requirements from the shareholder (Instructus) and ensure these are addressed at Board Level
  • To support in promoting a culture of accountability throughout the organisation

Requirements

You will have:

  • At least 2 years experience in a similar role as NED/Trustee of an SME for +£1m turnover and previous board positions (Executive or Non-Executive)
  • Sound financial acumen
  • Strong business experience focused on sales performance and financial objectives
  • Experience of driving commercial growth
  • Experience of setting and delivering commercial strategies
  • In depth knowledge of Training & Development markets and be up-to-date with the frequent changes

As a Non-Executive Director, you will be a:

  • Visionary leader who is able to think and plan strategically
  • Clear communicator, able to present information succinctly, both verbally and in writing,
  • Lateral thinker with an eye for opportunities and sales success
  • Ambitious; wanting to make a real difference!

Remuneration & Time Commitment

Director’s fee of £6,000.00 per annum. Full reimbursement of work-related travel and business expenses. Appropriate Directors Liability Insurance will also be provided.

This role will require a commitment of up to 12 Days per annum including 4 board meetings per year.

Application Process

If your application is successful in the first stage of screening we will arrange an informal chat with the CQM MD which is likely to be followed by an interview with Instructus CEO & CQM MD. The final stage will be an interview with Instructus (Shareholder) Board.

Instructus and its subsidiaries are equal opportunities employers.

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