Vice President
International Wrought Copper Council (IWCC)
£50,000 (with a review at six months), pension scheme, London, W2

Background – The Copper Value Chain

To provide context to the IWCC’s role, it is necessary to outline the copper value chain, which consists of the following participants:

• Copper producers: miners, smelters and refiners, whose end product is refined copper, known as cathode

• Fabricators: purchase copper cathode and transform it into semi-finished products, such as wire. The IWCC represents this sector of the industry

• OEMs: purchase semi-finished products from the fabricators, and manufacture end-products, such as cable


Founded in 1953, the IWCC, funded by the copper fabricators, is the industry organisation representing the interests of the copper fabricating industry. The IWCC has members in all six continents and these member companies use 70% of the copper produced annually. The IWCC is a non-profit company and has an annual turnover of approximately £1.1 million. There are four members of staff: the President, Vice President, Conference Manager and Data Manager, based in central London (W2). The employer is the British Non-Ferrous Metals Federation (BNFMF). All IWCC staff are on secondment to the IWCC.

Background to the Role

The IWCC is seeking to hire a Vice President (VP) to assist the President Mark Loveitt with the day-to-day management of the organisation. The role is varied and interesting, requiring significant interaction with the organisation’s diverse and international membership.

The role of the VP is to:

• Assist the President who runs the IWCC on a day-to-day basis

• Manage office staff

• Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation

• Act as Secretary to some of the IWCC Committees

• Attend most and assist in the planning of all IWCC committee meetings and conferences

• Have day-to-day financial control

The Candidate

This is a high profile role, requiring a unique skillset to make a success of the opportunity. Expertise in the copper industry is not a prerequisite, but the VP will possess the following attributes:

• Highly self-motivated, and willing to become engaged with, and understand the needs of the copper industry; not only the sector of the copper value chain which the IWCC represents, but also that of the upstream and downstream industries.

• Excellent social skills – IWCC contact points are often at board level, requiring the VP to adapt to the multiple business customs of the international membership.

• Highly organised, affable and adaptable, comfortable operating in a small office environment and on a strategic level with the major stakeholders within the global membership.

• An international outlook – there is a significant amount of international travel.

• Stamina and enthusiasm – to assist in the preparation of conferences, IWCC AGMs and committee meetings.

• A positive outlook and the ability to “wear many hats”, enabling the VP to work successfully with the small team at the busy head office.

• An enquiring mind and an interest in geo-political developments, as well as an understanding of global cultures and values.

• Enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved with the membership, the industry and the relevant stakeholders.

• A desire to make a positive impact for the IWCC and its members.

• University graduate, computer literate.

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