GENERAL MANAGER

GENERAL MANAGER

Overview

Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden, located in the heart of Connemara, County Galway, represents one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Owned by The Kylemore Trust, this historical settlement is run by the Benedictine nuns who have been in residence since 1920. The Mission of the Kylemore Trust is the advancement of the Catholic faith through the provisions set out in its constitution.

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Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Limited, the subsidiary of Kylemore Trust wishes to appoint a General Manager whose principal purpose will be to manage the operational delivery of sustainable long term returns from tourism related activities at Kylemore Abbey.  The General Manager will be guided by the policies, budgets, goals and targets laid down by the Board and more particularly the ethos and requirements of the Benedictine monastic community at Kylemore.  The General Manager will be a member of the lay senior management team which is led by the Executive Director of Kylemore Trust on behalf of the Abbess of the Benedictine Community.

Principal responsibilities will include but not be limited to: the development of Kylemore Abbey and Gardens as a leading tourism destination; ensuring continued sustainability of tourism activities for long term growth; providing leadership and direction to the staff and senior management team; assisting in the formulation and regular review of the organisation’s strategic and financial plans; building a robust business model delivering sustainable returns for the community; monitoring and controlling relevant business plans and targets; managing the commercial activities of the business, ensuring compliance with the highest standards of corporate governance; and managing the operational and administrative functions.

The General Manager will report to the Abbess, (through the office of the Executive Director), and the Board of Kylemore Abbey & Gardens through its Chairman.

It is expected that applicants will have significant experience at General Manager or Senior Management standing in the tourism and/or hospitality sectors with responsibility for the leadership of staff and operational budgets. A demonstrable ability to direct operational, financial and commercial matters is also required. Core competencies required include; leadership, strategic vision, financial and commercial acumen, operational management, judgement, communication, relationship building and results orientation.

A commitment to the mission, vision and values of The Kylemore Trust is essential.

A detailed briefing prospectus including job and person specification is available on request.

The Kylemore Trust and its subsidiary are equal opportunities employers who actively promotes inclusion; the best candidate will be appointed regardless of age, physical ability, gender, ethnicity or other grounds.

TO APPLY

Candidates should write via email, in strict confidence, to our retained executive search partners, Principal Connections, stating how they meet the above requirements, quoting Reference: ‘The Kylemore Trust – General Manager’, and enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae on or before 12.00 noon on Friday 05th October 2018.

Darren McCabe, Associate Director

Principal Connections – Irish Arm of Agilium Worldwide LLC

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