PaddingtonNow BID - Chief Executive Officer

Location: Paddington
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: £60,000 DOE
Application Deadline: 16th January 2023


PaddingtonNow BID was established in 2005 and has just won a Renewal Ballot to secure a fifth term which will run until 31st March 2028. The BID area covers 35 streets in the older part of Paddington and contains around 290 member businesses.

The Renewal Proposal sets out the BID’s plans and aims for the coming five years. It can be downloaded here.

The current BID Manager is retiring in 2023 and the Board are seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to lead and represent the BID and enhance its presence and activities in the area.


Job title:

Chief Executive Officer

Reporting to:

PaddingtonNow BID Board

Job Function:

To provide strategic and operational management for PaddingtonNow BID, engaging with key stakeholders, including levy payers and non-levy papers within the BID area, Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police Service and community organisations. To be responsible to the BID board for the delivery of the business plan and to manage contract and services delivery against budgets. To identify opportunities for the betterment of the BID area and propose these to the Board.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the organisation, internally and externally.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to extend the scope of delivery; build external relationships.
  • Manage the operational team to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the Company’s objectives, as agreed by the Board.
  • Ensure management of office and staff is conducted in accordance with the Company’s approved management systems and protocols.
  • Ensure that the Chair and Directors are regularly briefed on operational activities, (including opportunities and threats).
  • Provide updates on all matters of consequence to the Chair (and to the Board where appropriate).
  • Arrange for, attend and contribute to Board meetings.
  • Monitor and manage performance of the Company against the overall Business Plan and annual action/delivery plans.
  • Manage and/or oversee all projects delivered by the Company ensuring time and budget targets are met.
  • Promote the Company to stakeholders and Levy Payers and ensure appropriate messages about the Company’s activities and achievements are delivered.
  • Be the operational point of contact for relevant partners and work to coordinate the aims of the Company with other appropriate initiatives.
  • Safeguard the financial position of the BID to ensure that performance is in-line with approved budgets and cash flow forecasts.
  • Take a lead on the generation of non-core income.
  • Oversee contractual and payment arrangements in respect of appointed contractors and suppliers.
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities for extending the range, benefits and income of the Company.

Note: The above list is not in order of priority, and other tasks commensurate with the grade of the post may be required of the post‐holder.


Person Specification:

Essential

  • Leadership experience
  • Evidence of commercial acumen and experience of small business management
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision under the direction of a Board
  • Evidence of direct management of staff and contractors
  • Ability to manage complex relationships with partners
  • Proven negotiation skills at strategic and operational levels in both public and private sectors
  • Ability to work with professionalism and integrity at all times.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to handle complex information
  • Flexible working including some out of hours

Desirable

  • Project management experience
  • Presentation skills
  • Knowledge of the Paddington area and of BIDs
  • Knowledge of political and economic conditions of retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

References will be required from successful candidates.


Person Characteristics:

  • Player Adaptability - This role requires the ability to handle detailed information, balance multiple tasks and respond quickly to business situations and be able to work within a changing environment.
  • Team Player - Work cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance the effectiveness of the business.
  • Ethically focused - As the BID leader, the BID CEO needs to demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour at all times. This person will regularly be invited to attend events representing the BID at evenings and weekends.
  • Lead - Positively influence others, demonstrate good listening skills, humility and the ability to accept social diversity
  • Decision making - The BID CEO needs to support the business and staff by quickly assessing situations as to their importance, risks and urgency and lead the business by making clear and timely decisions in the best interests of the organisation.

Terms and Conditions:

You will be employed by Paddington Business Improvement District Ltd.

We are currently based at offices on the second floor of 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ where we are co-located with the Marble Arch London BID and The Paddington Partnership. However, we anticipate relocating early in 2023 to our own premises in the BID area.

This is a full time position of 35 hours per week with normal office hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm with a one hour lunch-break although the role also calls for occasional evening and weekend working.

This is a permanent position which will continue as long as the BID is successful in future Renewal Ballots. Appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and a probationary period of three months.

Starting salary is circa £60,000 commensurate with experience.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days per annum, plus paid public holidays.



To apply for this role, please send a completed application form plus covering letter to:

Christopher Peers
PaddingtonNow BID
7 Praed Street, London, W2 1NJ

or email: chris.peers@paddingtonnow.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Monday 16th January 2023.

Interviews of short listed candidates will take place during w/c 23rd January 2023 in Paddington.