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Chief Operating Officer

£350 per day + travel and subsistence expenses

UK / South West

Estates & Facilities Management



Rob Cullum
020 3962 9900

Rob joined our estates and facilities management team in 2018 to head up our further education specialism where he will be managing the full range of interim, permanent and search appointments. Rob brings over 15 years’ recruitment experience in managing and delivering collaborati


Job Description

REF: 16049
Posted: 24 May 2021
Closes: 24 May 2021

The Management Recruitment Group are delighted to be partnering with AUCSO to appoint their new Chief Operating Officer to drive training, innovation, and development across the organisation and its members.

The Association of University Chief Security Officers, AUCSO, is the primary association for Security Professionals working in Universities, Colleges and Institutions of Higher and Further Education in the UK, Europe and across the globe, with current members represented across 24 countries worldwide. AUCSO emerged from an informal grouping of Universities in the South of England and became a formal Association within the Higher Education Sector in UK in 1984. The Association then quickly grew to include members from the North of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. 2009 brought a number of changes to the Association with members of the ‘European Association of Campus Security’ agreeing to merge and join with AUCSO to form the Association’s European Region.

Following the retirement of the previous Chief Operating Officer (COO), AUCSO are looking to appoint a proactive, forward-thinking, and dynamic individual who can drive training, innovation, and development across the organisation and its members. The COO role plays a critical part in the overall strategy and success of AUCSO, you will be responsible for the coordination and planning of executive events which help service their growing education community, and as such will represent AUCSO at various assemblies through appearances and delivering talks to its members and industry professionals. As well as this, you will be responsible for driving innovation ‘behind-the-scenes’, which include creating and implementing training and delivery programmes for members and colleagues, modernising, and updating content on AUCSO’s website, and developing relationships to increase and expand memberships and opportunities.

The successful candidate will have excellent IT skills with a strong knowledge and experience of website management (posting updates to content etc.). Essential to the success of this position is high levels of confidence and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills as there will be a requirement to lead at events as well as public speaking in front of large groups of members and colleagues. A strong project management and organisation approach is also needed. Whilst a deep understanding of security within the education sector is desired, a good working knowledge of Facilities Management strategies and operational procedures is essential, including experience of working with and leading multi-disciplined teams.

For a confidential discussion please contact our advisor Rob Cullum of The Management Recruitment Group at or on 07973 193 785. The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this campaign. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 13th June 2021.

The Management Recruitment Group aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you are seeking a career move but this position is not right for you, please browse the other vacancies on our website. We also welcome speculative applications.

£350.00 per day + travel and subsistence expenses (working on average of 2 days per week, up to 90 days per year)