Chief Executive: British Independent Retailers Association
Birmingham with National Travel
Attractive remuneration package

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) was founded over 115 years ago and today it is the UK’s leading trade association for independent retailers. Its members account for 6,500 retail outlets, from single shops to small chains and large department stores and agricultural dealerships.

Bira is committed to tackling the challenges faced by independent retailers. It is the voice of independent retail and plays an integral role in lobbying the government and ensuring the high street remains at the forefront of the UK retail community.

Bira aims to ensure its members are represented, informed and supported. It provides guidance and a range of benefits and services including banking. There is an overarching trade association as well as bira bank and are also a number of divisional trade associations each having a dedicated committee; these provide and share specialist trade information, product knowledge and support.

The Board now seeks to appoint an exceptional individual to succeed the current Chief Executive who will be retiring later this year.

The Role

• Lead the Executive Team and oversee the strategic direction and day to day operations within bira and its 5 constituent trade associations and bira bank

• Ensure bira continues to develop the range of services it offers to members whilst maintaining a solid financial basis and a strong profile with decision and policy makers within Government

• Responsibility for the development and delivery of key strategic objectives including growth of membership and the range of services and support offered to members. Provide strategic leadership and motivation to the employee base

• Lobbying at a national level, influencing government policy, and acting as a public spokesperson with a view to promoting the best interests and outcomes of the association’s members

The Candidate

• Proven senior leader with experience gained at Board, ExCo or CEO level within a trade association, membership body, service based, affinity marketing or retail related organisation

• Experience of driving positive growth, change and development whilst retaining staff engagement and support

• Highly effective communicator and influencer with an excellent appreciation of the aims and dynamics of a membership organisation and an understanding of the challenges facing the retail sector

• Strategic in outlook with an agile intellect and demonstrable experience of translating strategic vision into outcomes and a proven track record of achieving commercial and broader objectives

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