Head of Visitor Centres

Seaton, Devon
Circa £40,000
12 Apr 2018
30 Apr 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Head of Visitor Centres
Circa £40,000 plus performance related bonus
Seaton, Devon
Full Time, Permanent

Are you an inspirational leader with a strong commercial background?  Do you relish the opportunity to make your mark by implementing a vision for an award winning visitor centre on the beautiful East Devon coast? 
Since it was opened by HRH The Princess Royal in April 2016, this centre has engaged over 80,000 people with the unique marine, coastal and geological heritage of the East Devon coast.  The Centre includes a café, shop, a tourist information centre and a highly innovative interpretation centre.  It has won many accolades and enjoys excellent visitor feedback. 
Your challenge will be to make the Centre a commercial success, increasing footfall, enhancing the café and retail space and building up the events and other income streams.  You will provide inspirational leadership to the Centre’s staff, drive the sales and revenue across the commercial functions of the Centre and provide operational management, acting as spokesperson for the Centre in the press and publically. There will also be great opportunities to develop and expand the Centre, linking it to surrounding attractions such as the Seaton Wetlands.
Our client is looking for a dynamic, motivated individual who shares the values of the Trust and who has significant, successful commercial experience in a similar sector.  You will have experience of managing staff and volunteers and be attracted to the challenge of tackling problems with a supportive team.  You will have considerable autonomy, but you will need to bring your colleagues, the local community and key stakeholders with you.
The centre is owned by East Devon District Council and operated by the Trust, via a trading subsidiary.  Initially the post will focus exclusively on this centre and will be based here. However, in future the postholder will have the opportunity to take on the management of other visitor centres run by the Trusts.