Appointment of the London Campus Director - Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham Trent University

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in working with us in the key role of Confetti London Campus Director.

I founded Confetti in 1994 – as a former music producer, I was frustrated by the lack of opportunities for people from all backgrounds to be able to learn about the music industry from those who were in it.  I couldn’t see anywhere that did that authentically. Almost 30 years later we are now a leading provider of creative industry education and training and since 2015 we are proud to be a part of one of the UK’s most popular and trailblazing universities – Nottingham Trent University.

Confetti sits at the heart of a family of businesses known as the Confetti Media Group. They all work in synergy to develop and support those working and aspiring to work in the creative and entertainment industries. And it is an exciting time to be working with us.  We have just our ambition to create Confetti London – a sister campus to our Nottingham hub.

If you join us, you can expect to be part of a rewarding creative scene, one that champions an entrepreneurial approach to education and business, and that strives for excellence in all it does.  I thank you for your interest and wish you luck with your application.

Craig Chettle MBE
Chief Executive, Confetti Media Group

Confetti Media Group

The Confetti Media Group is a family of innovative and entrepreneurial businesses that work together to support and develop those studying and working in the creative, digital, and entertainment industries. At the heart of the group sits the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, part of the multi-award-winning Nottingham Trent University, and the Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023.

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies

Confetti has been a leading provider of Creative Technologies education in the UK for almost 30 years. Part of Nottingham Trent University it offers college, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in areas including music, events, esports, media, and games. The Nottingham campus is home to almost 3000 students who benefit from our unrivalled world class facilities industry connections, and our “Do it For Real” ethos.

Confetti X
Opened in 2022, our £5m esports production venue is a jaw-dropping space for students to access the very best facilities and technology for esports production and other emerging technologies.

With strong links with industry, the 14,000 sqft complex has already been the host venue for amateur and professional esports tournaments, including the Commonwealth Esports Championships Qualifiers and the British Esports Student Champs.

Antenna
Nottingham’s original co-working business hub is located on our city centre campus and is a vibrant home from home for a creative community of businesses, sole traders, freelancers, and alumni.

Constellations
Creators of high-end bespoke creative industry education and business environments – Constellations are key to the successful design and installation of Confetti’s Nottingham and London campuses.

Metronome
Metronome is a national centre for music, moving image, video games, live performance, and spoken word. Anchored around a 400-capacity (228 seated) venue, Metronome delivers an ambitious, diverse, and contemporary cross-media programme.

Notts TV
Since 2014, Notts TV has been the local TV channel for the City and County – dedicated to ‘Championing Notts’. It broadcasts on Freeview, Virgin and On Demand a range of programmes 24 hours a day – from local news to history; sport to music.  It also creates vital training opportunities for students from both Confetti and NTU.

Spool
A respected out-of-London audio post-production company who has helped bring some of the most iconic moments in film and TV history to the screen. Regular clients include the Bafta-winning Shane Meadows and Channel 4.

For more information on the group click here.

Confetti London

Our London Vision

A growing generation of young people in London and the South-East are looking to enter vocational education, and located in Whitechapel – London’s centre for the creative industries – Confetti London will have just what they need to launch them into their careers. In 2023, Confetti and Nottingham Trent University will expand into London with the creation of a new campus dedicated to delivering pioneering creative education aligned to the entertainment industries.

Opening in September, Confetti London will replicate Confetti’s award-winning Nottingham campus – it will be a high-end digital and multi-purpose campus, situated in the bustling district of Whitechapel.

The new campus will include a 600-capacity multipurpose venue, which will host live music, entertainment and esports, along with specialist studios and teaching spaces. Students looking to forge a future in the entertainment industries will be able to study hands-on courses in performance, production and business for the music industries, event management, and emerging technologies such as esports, virtual production, and content creation. Courses will be open to both UK and international students, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications available.

Our growth plans for London are focused on building and maintaining a quality provision. There are many UK universities with London operations, we are clear that the Confetti and Nottingham Trent University offer will stand out from day one because of the unrivalled facilities and the backing of the country’s leading modern university.

Nottingham Meets London

We’ve been delivering leading edge creative industry education since 1994, whilst creating a unique suite of commercial businesses that supports the student learning experience. These include Metronome, a music and events venue, and Confetti X, a complex dedicated to esports production which recently hosted the Commonwealth Esports Championships qualifiers. Our London campus will replicate that model, creating a multipurpose live events venue for students to learn and work in.

Reflecting the course offer in Nottingham, the student experience will be underpinned by a proven curriculum, world-class learning opportunities, and extensive industry connections. This will allow students from campuses in Nottingham and London to collaborate on live projects, access work experience across the UK, and spend parts of their study across both campuses. It will offer new progression routes for Confetti college-level students from Nottinghamshire to study in one of the world’s leading commercial, financial, and cultural centres.

This ambitious plan will be strengthened by the relocation of Access Creative College’s London centre onto the same campus. The UK’s largest independent training provider, specialising in creative education, will provide its students with the opportunity to continue their studies in London with support from Confetti and NTU.

The role

Campus Director

Job reference:
AQ1591

We are looking for an experienced and motivated leader who will work with Confetti’s Leadership team to make our ambition for Confetti London a reality.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the new campus and will need strong business acumen and a good understanding of the education sector.

Working closely with colleagues in Nottingham, you will set the direction and culture of the new campus – ensuring it becomes a safe, inspiring, and inclusive place to work and study.

We can offer you a competitive salary, a variety of great benefits and rewards, and a friendly and vibrant working environment.

Job Title: Campus Director
Department: Executive / London
Contract Type: Permanent
Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer (CMG)
Responsible for: London based staff – structure to be confirmed
Issue Date: September 2022
DBS Check: Yes – Enhanced

Overall Role

  • Provide strategic leadership and operational direction to ensure that Confetti/Nottingham Trent University (NTU) achieves its key strategic priorities of becoming a strong presence in London, recruits to target and operates efficiently and effectively.
  • Responsible for overseeing the work of all staff contributing to the success of the London campus and will be central to ensuring that all activities adhere to organisational policies and practices.
  • Responsible for reviewing and further developing the London campus delivery model including the enhancement of communications with key service providers.
  • Work closely with the senior team to lead, manage, and oversee the day-to-day running of the London campus and contribute to the overall strategic direction and effectiveness of the Confetti Media Group (CMG).

Duties & Responsibilities

Overall

  • Lead the implementation of the strategy in relation to the direction, development and success of the London campus and the promotion of its position within the HE sector.
  • Lead, direct and oversee the management of the London campus, ensuring that the delivery model fully supports the vision and aspiration of the campus.
  • Deliver an excellent student experience through effectively managing the resources and operations of the London campus, including the creative use of space for course and activity delivery, academic provision and quality assurance.
  • Lead and creatively manage the diverse needs of the various students and stakeholders on the London campus, ensuring the delivery of a personalised and transformative higher education experience.
  • Identify and establish effective relevant partnerships to enhance the London campus provision.
  • Manage, develop and maintain effective relations between Confetti, NTU and London campus service providers to ensure its smooth running and continued development.
  • Lead the development of the London campus to ensure the achievement of UK and international student recruitment targets, and ensuring full compliance with UKVI requirements.
  • Promote and develop the London campus ethos and identity through significant effective intra and inter campus communication.
  • Identify & develop creative strategies and approaches that will create a sustainable competitive advantage in London.
  • Significantly raise and enhance the profile of the London campus with external stakeholders, promoting the interests of the campus as part of Confetti and NTU, establishing and maintaining links with local and international communities, business and cultural bodies.
  • Provide strong effective leadership and direction to a diverse team of staff, some of whom will not be located in London.
  • Drive high performance across all operations, ensuring collaborative working and clear accountability. Ensure confidence in the services provided.
  • Provide credible representation and leadership of Confetti and NTU in London, being an effective and notable ambassador both at national and international levels.

External Engagement

  • Manage, develop and maintain effective communication and excellent working relationships with London campus service providers and Confetti.
  • Build effective links with relevant London organisations and commercial entities at both national and international level.
  • Identify and represent the University on appropriate key external bodies to ensure that the London campus is effectively recognised and positioned.
  • Explore and maximise commercial opportunities which align to the vision of Confetti and NTU.

Governance & Finance

  • Promote good corporate governance and ensure that the relevant boards and their respective committees are provided with timely advice and information in order to enable them to conduct their business effectively and efficiently.
  • Continually evaluate performance by analysing and interpreting data and metrics and recommending changes and improvements to operations where appropriate.
  • Work with teams to develop, maintain and oversee systems and processes to help ensure the highest quality student experience.
  • Oversee the planning, monitoring and delivery of the capital and revenue budgets for the London campus.

People Leadership & Development

  • Lead and inspire a diverse team towards achieving their organisational and personal goals, providing high level coaching, support and guidance.
  • Ensure all campus employees operate at the appropriate level of competency for their posts. Coach, support and develop staff to enhance their performance and take effective steps to deal with underperformance.
  • Provide strong leadership and management by setting direction, monitoring and developing performance, building morale and generating a sense of common purpose.
  • Ensure key messages are communicated to all employees effectively and in a timely manner and ensure communications from employees are shared back with the senior team where appropriate.
  • Drive excellence and high performance within and across the team and promote and provide regular feedback to recognise achievement.
  • Oversight of and involvement in employee and student disciplinaries, as appropriate and necessary.

Business Relationships

  • Lead point of contact with senior colleagues at NTU, representing CMG on key NTU committees and liaising with relevant staff to achieve shared goals.
  • Manage relationships with major suppliers, vendors, partners and customers and negotiate contracts and service level agreement where appropriate.
  • Act as an advocate/ambassador/spokesperson for CMG externally at a senior level.
  • Support Confetti/NTU to develop the profile and reputation of Confetti and NTU across the sector and seek to shape relevant policy to reflect its aspirations.

Key Competencies / Behaviours

  • Consider the ‘big picture’ and long term impact of decisions and actions, thinking strategically and tactically where required;
  • As a key member of the senior team, maximise the capacity, performance and impact of the entire organisation;
  • Continually develop personal skills, knowledge and expertise, striving for personal excellence;
  • Set high standards for value based relationships both internally and with external customers/partners/suppliers;
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and partners and maximise potential opportunities;
  • Make decisions based on the broad organisational context, considering qualitative and quantitative data to make complex decisions;
  • Engage the organisation in problem solving and decision making to ensure best input and challenges are surfaced;
  • Gather internal and external information to enable strategies and decisions to be set in the context of best practice and current/future trends;
  • Create a climate of open and honest discussion of all issues;
  • Demonstrate skill in active listening inside and outside the organisation;
  • Deliver difficult messages with confidence, sensitivity and credibility;
  • Display a passion for communicating at all levels inside and outside Confetti.

Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience

ESSENTIAL

  • Significant experience in a leadership role within a Higher Education environment operating with a high degree of credibility and with significant track record of achievement and influence, at a senior level within an organisation.
  • Significant experience of managing a wide variety of professional and support staff.
  • Development of strategic and operational plans and their successful implementation.
  • Experience of successfully negotiating new business.
  • Experience of successful project management.
  • Commercial and entrepreneurial experience with evidence of successfully identifying and implementing business development opportunities.

DESIRABLE

  • Strong knowledge of international student’s recruitment opportunities and UKVI compliance restrictions.
  • Strong knowledge of the current issues in national and international Higher Education.
  • A Masters level qualification or equivalent in an academic or business related subject.

Skills, Qualities & Abilities

ESSENTIAL

  • Outstanding leadership and management skills with a proven capacity to engage and motivate colleagues.
  • Sound financial and resource management skills to plan and deliver significant projects within budget.
  • Strategic and creative thinking, with the proven ability to innovate and to provide leadership in a complex organisational environment undergoing considerable change.
  • Highly effective communication skills with the ability to establish high level effective relationships with a range of internal and external bodies.
  • Skills in being able to establish a high level of credibility within the academic community, professional community and with external stakeholders.
  • Skilled at managing by influence.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate, negotiate, influence and listen.
  • Managing stakeholder relationships.
  • Innovative and proactive and able to demonstrate a high degree of initiative.
  • Drive, energy and vision for success.
  • Strong commitment to equality and diversity in education and employment.

Company Values

ESSENTIAL

  • Excellence – Always aiming to do what you do, to the highest possible quality.
  • Innovation – Always striving to do what you do, in a better way.
  • Enterprise – Self-motivated and ready to take on new challenges.
  • Integration – Working effectively with two or more of CMG businesses towards a common purpose.
  • Openness – Operating cooperatively and decently in all situations.

It is a condition of employment that all employees comply with CMG employment policies detailed in the Staff Handbook, individual CMG policies, and Quality Procedures.

 

How to apply

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to Nottingham Trent University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Akhil Yerneni on +44 (0)7808 649 556, akhil@andersonquigley.com; or Ed Pritchard on +44 (0)7873 218 380, ed@andersonquigley.com.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 7th November 2022.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV;
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) outlining how you meet the points under the person specification;
  • Please include details of two referees, though please note that we will not approach referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted; and
  • Please use the following link to complete the online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference number AQ1591

Timetable

Closing date: noon on Monday 7th November
Longlisting: Thursday 10th November
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: 11th November – 16th November
Shortlisting: Thursday 17th November
Final Panel Interviews: Thursday 1st December (on campus)
Second Interviews: Thursday 8th December (location TBC)