Chief Executive Officer

  • Lincoln City FC
  • Lincoln, UK
  • 11 Jan, 2021
Full time Finance Leadership & Management

Job Description

In this key role, the ideal candidate will provide inspirational senior leadership of Lincoln City Foundation, developing and delivering an ambitious strategic plan that increases both the Foundation’s and Football Club’s brand, impact, and reputation.

As an ambassador for both the Foundation and Club, the role will foster a positive culture, ensuring staff at all levels across the organisation are inspired and encouraged to succeed and prosper.

The Trustees are looking for a high calibre CEO who has the ability to make Lincoln City Foundation one of the leading and most respected Foundations in the country.

The individual must have exceptional business development experience with the skillset to provide ambitious strategic leadership for the Foundation.


Job Purpose:

To provide inspirational senior leadership of the Lincoln City Foundation, developing and delivering an ambitious strategic plan that increases both the Foundation’s and Football Club’s brand, impact, and reputation.

Strategic responsibility for the financial and business growth of Lincoln City Foundation, ensuring sustainability and diversity of income streams, that can be reinvested in community based activity for the benefit of Lincoln and its communities.

The Trustees are looking for a high calibre CEO who has the ability to make Lincoln City Foundation an ethical and great company to work for and become one of the leading and most respected Foundations in the country.

Job Description:

Strategy and Governance

- The development and implementation of the strategy and associated business plans

- Ensure the organisation is appropriately resourced to deliver its strategy and that all required processes and practices are in place

- Accountable for the financial sustainability of the organisation

- Ensure an effective operations model is in place and develop its maturity to support future ambitions and growth

- In conjunction with the Chair and Board, ensure clear and appropriate governance of the organisation, including timely reporting and an annual schedule of Board and committee meetings

- Embed a positive commitment towards equity across the organisation



- Establish a leadership team and supporting staffing structure that delivers the ambitions and strategic plans of the Foundation

- Lead, support and develop the senior leadership team of the Foundation

- Establish credibility throughout the Foundation, and the Football Club as an effective and trusted leader working in partnership with senior executives to benefit the charitable objects of the Foundation and the strategic aspirations of the Football Club

- Proactively contribute to and participate in the Football Club’s senior executive team

- Effectively communicate with key partners and influencers on the role and impact of the Foundation

- Develop partnerships and innovative ways to address current and emerging themes to improve the lives of communities across Lincolnshire


Stakeholder Relations and Income Generation

- Raise the profile and awareness of the Foundation

- Establish strong, effective, and lasting relationships with key partners in Lincoln and beyond to support the ambitions of the Foundation and Football Club

- Increase the active involvement of the Foundation in sport, education, business and community provision and the decisions that affect Lincoln and surrounding areas

- Develop and implement initiatives that significantly increase the diversity and sustainability of income for the Foundation

- Identify and nurture partnership opportunities based on evidence, emerging themes and need to attract funding for major projects

- Establish a ‘pipeline' of investment opportunities and effectively communicate with partners, as a means of enhancing the brand and opportunity to attract additional donors


Evaluating Impact

- Establish an effective process of monitoring and reporting impact

- Provide timely impact and process reports to Board and associated partners

- Evaluate how investment has been used against funding criteria and desired outcomes

- Ensure the annual report and supporting evidence demonstrates the full breadth and impact of our work

- Review and accurately analyse how and where income is being used and frequently report the impact and outcomes


Person Specification:


- Educated to degree level or equivalent

- Extensive experience of developing business

- An understanding of the charity or third sector

- An understanding of how organisations contribute towards the regeneration of communities

- Evidenced commercial acumen with a track record of developing diverse income streams


- Experience in a senior leadership capacity with strategic responsibility for business strategy and development

- Experience of delivering substantial business growth

- Experience of community development, with a strong understanding of local requirements and the ability to address and resource need appropriately

- An exceptional communicator, comfortable managing executive and board level relationships and external stakeholders

- Experience in developing and delivering organisation wide strategic initiatives

- Highly developed networking, partnership, and negotiating skills

- An ability to deliver results within a tight financial framework

- Willingness and confidence to take calculated and managed risks

- Evidence of leading, shaping and influencing cutting edge thinking and innovative practice

- Highly developed advocacy and communication skills being able to effectively raise awareness and promote to funders and partners

- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with people across different cultures, levels, and organisations

- An excellent standard of written, listening, planning, IT, and presentation skills

- Experience of the bid management process and the ability to oversee compelling bid/tender documentation

- The ability to inspire and get the best from a team, and encourage them to embrace their own learning and development


Personal Attributes and Values

- Resilient, with the ability to handle adversity and challenge positively

- Demonstrable willingness to be agile and flexible when necessary

- Highest levels of personal integrity and ability to maintain trust, sensitivity, and confidentiality

- The ability to foster a positive, values driven culture, where staff at all levels are supported and empowered to succeed

- Self-motivated and able to act on own initiative

- Flexible and adaptable attitude towards work

- The ability to travel independently


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This role has been assessed by the Senior Safeguarding Manager and due to the nature of this post, the post holder will be required to undertake an Enhanced with barred lists DBS check. As such this post is exempt for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the applicant must disclose all previous convictions including spent convictions at the time of application.

Closing Date 3 Feb 2021 at 12pm