Director Retail Institute | Australian Retailers Association

Posted 13 May 2021
Job type Permanent
DisciplineExecutive Management/C-suite

Job description

Director Retail Institute

  • Key member of high performing executive team reporting to the Chief Operating Officer

  • Ownership of the business' commercial strategy

  • Rare opportunity to work for the most recognised national retail training provider in the Australian market.

Melbourne, Victoria

Full time

About the ARA Retail Institute

Located in Melbourne, the ARA Retail Institute is the leading national body providing for the education, consulting and professional development needs of the Australian retail industry.  We are the most recognised national retail training provider in the Australian market offering an extensive suite of specialist retail education programs with flexible delivery options to suit industry needs. We are also a credible partner to leading Australasian retail groups, property groups and government.  

We are a high performing organisation, dynamic and innovative in our thinking and goals, focused on our vision and diverse in our culture.  If you feel a sense of belonging to this type of culture and work environment, we want to hear from you.  

About the role

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

As the Director - Retail Institute, you will be tasked with delivering the strategy, implementing and monitoring a business growth plan that will continue the growth of the Retail Institute.   

You will:

  • Lead and grow the Retail Institute to provide the retail industry with quality education and training for Members and other stakeholders by providing outstanding levels of training and support to business owners and their employees

  • Ensure an overall team culture and HR practices for both team members and contractors who work with a high level of productivity and autonomy ensuring a spirit of honesty, integrity and teamwork

  • Encourage an overall Retail Institute team culture of professional performance, innovation and continuous improvement without taking major risks

  • Lead the development, coordination, execution and monitoring of the total Retail Institute’s total business growth strategy, business plan and financial budgets with the support and input of the CEO

  • Ensure that the Retail Institute successfully delivers on its contractual obligations and retains its compliance as a Registered Training Organisation.

About You

This is a full time and permanent role. To be considered for this role we will require you to have:

  • Several years experience working at a senior level in a Commercial/Operations/HR/Organisational Design role.  Experience in the Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector or Commercial Institutes would be advantageous

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications. A Diploma of Vocational Education or similar would be highly desirable

  • Demonstrated success leading and developing high performing teams

  • Been financially responsible for Profit & Loss

  • Superior internal & stakeholder management experience 

  • Proven success presenting to and working closely with agreed external Committees and Boards

  • The ability to travel interstate on a regular basis or as required

  • Have full Australian working rights. 

Upholding the ARA values in your role

Having the right skills and experience is an important aspect of being able to do your job well, but it’s equally important to uphold ARA values while you work with your colleagues. A team that works harmoniously with the same set of values will always succeed. 

  • Acting in integrity and taking accountability 

  • Open, honest and constructive 

  • Advancing diversity and inclusion 

  • Shaping the issues that matter 

  • Meaningful community impact 

  • Agile and future focused.

The Offer

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional Commercial director to further their career in a high-performing organisation with national reach and presence in the retail industry.

Other benefits include:

  • Play a key role in driving organisational growth across a range of functions

  • Attractive remuneration

  • Flexible working options.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please start the application process by hitting APPLY.  

You will then be directed to complete an online assessment evaluation through our chosen technology partner “Shortlyster”.  Your application will only be considered, once this online process is complete. 

The Shortlyster technology helps us to intelligently shortlist candidates who fit our role on a technical level as well as a cultural, organisational, job and personality fit. It allows us to standardise candidate evaluations with a scorecard based on science and powerful data. Therefore, eliminating the need to make decisions based on ‘gut feel’ as it removes all decision bias.