SUSU Chief Executive Officer Recruitment - 2022

Dear Applicant,

We are the University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) and are here to represent students at every level at the University of Southampton and to make their university experience unforgettable. Independent from the University, we’re run by students, for students. We are a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, with over a 100 years’ worth of history. We are proud to be an integral part of a prestigious UK Russell Group and top 100 global university

We are looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead our organisation with a turnover of circa £7million and a staff team of some 250 people, of whom approximately 200 are current students at the University working part-time in our shops, bars, catering outlets and front-facing services.

A Students’ Union plays a special role in supporting and adding to every student’s university experience. Our vision is that every student loves their time at Southampton. There are four main ways that SUSU does this:

  • Representation - ensuring that students have a voice in their educational experience
  • Activities – facilitating opportunities for students to build friendships and communities and pursue their interests and hobbies
  • Social Enterprise – providing a range of products, spaces and events to students – from a meal deal in the shop to a memorable night out in our venues
  • Support – offering independent advice on academic, financial, and housing matters and a safe, sustainable and inclusive campus experience

Ideal candidates will have substantial leadership and management experience, including at a senior level in a complex organisation. They will have a proven track record of successful financial management, including substantial budgets and business planning, and of leading multi-disciplinary teams. They will have proven experience of formulation and delivery of strategic plans, objectives, and policies. It is essential that our new Chief Executive Officer has a demonstrable record of forging partnerships and engaging with a range of internal and external stakeholders at a senior level.

Our new Chief Executive Officer will work with the Board of Trustees to ensure the effective governance and leadership of our organisation, while developing and maintaining positive and mutually beneficial relationships with University stakeholders and other strategic partners locally and nationally. They will work with a team of Senior Leaders to lead the development and implementation of the overarching strategy, supporting strategies, and operational plans.

Further information about the role can be found in the Candidate Pack

To apply for the role please email your CV and covering letter to by 13:00, 23 August 2022. We will be shortlisting soon after applications close and expect to hold assessment days and interviews between 05 - 16 September 2022

If you would like to informally discuss the role before applying then please contact to arrange a conversation with one of our Trustees.

We have included links to useful documents below to provide more information about SUSU, our staff, and our plans for the future. SUSU is on an ambitious journey for the future, and this is an exciting time to be joining us.

We look forwards to hearing from you,

Oliver Murray
Union President 22/23 & Chair of the Trustee Board

Rebecca Self
Deputy Chair of the Trustee Board

Additional Information