Director - Sporting Equipment Standards in Scotland

Our client is the global governing body for the sport of golf. This unrivalled and prestigious organisation is at the forefront in modernising the sport and making it more relevant to today’s society. The body’s purpose is to make golf more accessible, appealing and inclusive and to ensure it is thriving 50 years from now.

They are currently recruiting for a Director in their Equipment Standards Team. This key leadership position will have overall responsibility for the Team’s scientists, engineers and administrators, as well as the management and maintenance of organisation’s state of the art equipment testing facility and continuing the group’s compliance to ISO 9001.

The key responsibilities of the Equipment Standards Team are to: evaluate equipment such as clubs and balls; ensuring that the Equipment Rules are pertinent to the sport; and to conduct fundamental research into the science of golf. The conformance evaluation of equipment is achieved using a range of scientific tests and apparatus housed in the equipment testing facility.

The successful candidate will have a strong scientific, technical or engineering background; have an excellent ability to convey complex ideas to a range of internal and external stakeholders, from experts to lay persons; and have exceptional people management skills.

The Candidate 

Essential criteria:

Degree in Physical Science, Mathematics or Engineering, potentially to PhD level.

Extensive experience in the design and execution of research projects in collaboration with external or internal stakeholders.

Experience liaising with technical staff and conveying complex concepts to non-specialists.

Ability to generate clear scientific information.

Significant experience in leading, managing and developing a technical team.

Experienced in managing external agencies and partners.

Confident and articulate communicator capable of inspiring strong collaboration within the body and its external partners.

Exceptional management, organisational and planning skills.

Willingness to work outside normal working hours when necessary.

Flexibility to work from various locations, throughout the UK and overseas, when required.  


Desirable qualities:

Exposure to governance and compliance, potentially within a sporting context.

Knowledge of ISO accreditation, preferably ISO 9001.

Experience of working with a board structure.






Attractive salary plus benefits

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