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Competitive salary plus relocation

Managing Director


The Pickaquoy Centre are looking for a forward thinking, dynamic and inspirational Managing Director.  Their 120 full and part time staff are fun, hardworking individuals who are passionate about their roles and you will lead this exceptional team to deliver a wide range of services to the 20,000 Orcadians and the some 129,000 tourists and visitors each year.

The Pickaquoy Centre

The leisure centre is located in the main town of Kirkwall and is recognised as Orkney’s community hub.  They are proud to host high profile guests including royalty, entertainment professionals and the sporting elite but what makes them unique is that they are the heart of the community.  Their visitor numbers reached 670,000 over the past 12 months, a year on year increase of 13%, largely due to the launch of their successful ActiveLife membership scheme in partnership with Orkney Islands Council.  Just under 25% of the Orkney population is now registered under this scheme, bringing them closer to their vision of Every Body, Every Day, Active.

Mission - “Enriching people’s lives through sport, arts & leisure activities”

They host an exceptional range of activities for all ages and abilities from early years aquatics to The St Magnus International Festival.  Their campus also includes a fully digital cinema with a comprehensive programme that includes live streaming of West End theatre, opera and ballet, a four star camping park and a daycare centre for adults with learning difficulties. The quality of the facilities and services enables sports people to compete regularly at regional and national level, putting Orkney high on the sporting map.

Orkney was rated the most desirable place to live in the UK (source: Herald Scotland April 1st 2017).  The people of Orkney are a vibrant, outward-looking island community with a can do attitude and a passion for sports and arts participation.

The Role

Reporting directly to the Trustees, the Managing Director will be responsible for leading the strategic development of this multi-service centre with a current turnover of £2.7 million.  This is a business critical role where you will be instrumental in driving our continued growth.

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Managing Director to lead the Centre through the next stage in its development. The successful candidate should be experienced in strategic planning, communications and financial control as well as having the ability to develop and maintain client and stakeholder relationships. 

This is a rewarding, exciting and challenging role for an ambitious applicant. Experience in developing strong teams, enhancing operational standards and developing new business through innovation and engagement with local communities, are key to this position.

The full Job Description and Person Specification is available to download below:


For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Nigel Fortnum or Lauren Neil on 0141 212 7555.


To apply, please complete the short form below and upload your CV and covering letter / supporting statement.

You will receive an email acknowledgement of your application within 24 hours. If you do not receive this please contact Kelsey Sinclair on 0141 212 7555 to ensure it has been received.

Closing date for applications is Monday 9th April 2018.


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