Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn
Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn

Charity registered in Scotland SC036903

The Galson Estate is a community-owned estate of 56,000 acres of coast, agricultural land and moor in the North West of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The estate comprises 22 villages running from Upper Barvas to Port of Ness with a population of nearly 2,000 people. The estate passed into community ownership on 12 January 2007 to be managed on their behalf by the Trust.

Current vacancies

General Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,000 – £37,500
  • Isle of Lewis*
  • Closing 6th August 2021

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (UOG) purchased Galson Estate, comprising 616 crofts in 22 crofting townships, in the north of the Isle of Lewis in January 2007. Reporting to UOG’s Board of Directors, the General Manager will provide effective and dynamic leadership and management for the overall organisation, enabling it to support the community to fulfil its vision of “a thriving and well-connected community with excellent local services and amenities, harnessing its natural assets to create a unique cultural and social environment.” The postholder will work with the board and staff team to maintain a sustainable business and funding model. Overseeing the management team, the postholder will have accountability for driving the strategy of the organisation. The postholder will also hold the role of Company Secretary.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of leading both strategic and operational planning processes
  • A good understanding of governance, with direct experience of working with a voluntary board
  • Strong negotiating skills, with proven ability of influencing key decision makers
  • The ability to combine strategic capability with a hands-on approach that achieves results
  • Experience of managing and contributing to budgets, delivering projects to support a strategy
  • A personal and professional manner and credibility that generates trust and confidence in others.

*The post will be mostly based in the UOG Business Centre, South Galson, Isle of Lewis. The post will be home based until the new office building opens in the Autumn. Flexible working arrangements are in place.

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