Chief Executive Officer

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Closing date 28 November 2021
Location Harrogate
Position type Permanent
Role Leadership / Strategy
Education Bachelor's
Experience >3 years
Salary GBP 60,000–70,000
Benefits See below

Job description

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) is the Professional Body for the Forensic Sciences. It is a registered Charity that supports over 3000 members worldwide. It was established in 1959, became a professional Body in 2004 and granted a Royal Charter in 2013. The administrative base is centrally located in Harrogate with a small team of permanent staff and an elected Council of Trustees Chaired by the Society’s President. CSFS are excited to announce that they are looking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to lead their team to manage the activities of the Society on its journey to grow and develop the professional body.

Key role

Management of staff & resources, strategic leadership, sales & marketing, product development, reactive & proactive support of the membership and the wider forensic science sector. Collaboration with the Council of Trustees in the development and implementation of strategic growth

Main responsibilities

• Manage and coordinate day to day duties of the office and remote based staff

• Manage staff recruitment, holidays, office cover and workload with a focus on flexibility and agile working

• Oversee management of resources (i.e. finances & financial modelling)

• Analyse data and produce suitable statistics for use at internal and external meetings as appropriate

• Manage hourly paid assessors, their contracts, and payments.

• Chairing of internal and external meetings

• Leading the strategic direction of CSFS Working Groups and Committees

• Liaise and support Niche areas and small businesses

• Representing the Society at a range of External and National meetings

• Lead on the strategic growth of all external offering for CSFS Members and the wider forensic community

• Lead on the facilitation of all external events including strategic management of the IT capability

• Work closely with the assessment managers on a daily, weekly & monthly basis and ensure that you are on top of their particular work area as and when required and support them in planning and delivery of the assessments and data recording, collation, and presentation

• Manage procedures around using, saving, storing, and deleting data in line with contractual protocols

• Collaborate effectively with the Council of Trustees as appropriate to ensure meeting of overarching strategic objectives

• Support Council to ensure continuing compliance with the Charity Commission, and CSFS Charter & Bylaws

Person Specification


• Knowledge of the overarching aims and objectives of the CSFS as a Professional Body and its position in the current marketplace

• Good knowledge of the Charity Commission and the impact of it on daily operation of the Society

• Good working knowledge of financial management as it relates to Charities

• Good knowledge of HR law and the ability to draft and manage contracts effectively

• An up to date knowledge of the current forensic marketplace and the challenges that it presents would be a distinct advantage

• An excellent knowledge of the current Forensic Science Regulator framework and the needs of organisational quality management

• Contract management


• Line management of small groups

• Project or change management

• Excellent IT skills and the ability to learn new systems quickly and lead from the front in implementation as and when required

• Experience of MS Office, MS Teams & Share point

• Excellent data handling and the ability to manage, collate and present large amounts of data effectively to meet the varying needs of a range of external costumers

• General office administration & leadership experience

• Experience with leading a blended team of onsite and offsite staff would be advantageous

• Experience of sales, marketing and negotiation would be an advantage

Key Skills

• Excellent IT Skills across a range of off the shelf and bespoke applications

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, adapting the style of communication to meet the needs of the audience

• Excellent presentation skills - the role holder will be regularly called upon to present to a wide range of people

• The ability to manage your own time effectively

• High level & complex Project Management

• High level of accuracy and attention to detail

• Demonstrate a flexible approach to work and a high level of self-motivation

• Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality • Ability to work well under pressure & meet tight deadlines

• Lead from the front but be an integral member of the delivery team when required

• The ability to work flexibly and take on a range of task as required to support all staff in their daily roles


The position will have the usual initial 6 months’ probation period. Following successful completion of probation a seven year, once renewable, contract will be awarded. The position is full time with flexible hours and an expectation to attend out of office hours when necessary.

Pension Scheme Yes

Annual Leave 30 days per year

How to apply

Please send a CV along with cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in the role to