Head of Education - National Association of Jewellers

Home based with regular visits to Birmingham and London

Salary £40K plus benefits package (full time role)


The Position

Our small, friendly team is based across our two offices in Birmingham and London. We are recruiting a professional, dedicated and energetic individual to drive commercial training and development for our membership, enabling them to enhance their skills and inspiring them to develop profitable careers in the jewellery sector.


The postholder will manage the delivery of commercially viable, compelling and relevant educational materials and training to our audiences. The role requires an individual with a knowledge of the UK vocational education system and experience of course development and project management, including the delivery of apprenticeships and national access to funding streams. The Association’s training activity is focused on raising standards and the profile of the Association and its members with the general public and other stakeholders in the industry.


This role has full budgetary responsibility for the Association’s training function (around a third of our turnover) and is responsible for developing and promoting NAJ’s position on a wide range of training-related issues and delivering projects aimed at improving training within the industry. The role involves working with volunteer committees, NAJ’s members and a wide range of external stakeholders such as the Goldsmiths Company, FE/HE colleges and universities, government and other trade bodies. The right candidate will make a positive and visible impact on the direction of skills within the UK jewellery industry.


You would be expected to develop an understanding of the business needs of the full range of NAJ Members and be capable of developing strategic solutions as well as providing detailed information and support to individual businesses, both large and small. You will be a confident communicator, have the ability to self-motivate and prioritise a busy workload, project a professional image and be a bright, focused practitioner, dedicated to building robust professional relationships with your peers, team members and stakeholders.


The growth of membership of the Association is national so the successful applicant should be prepared to travel widely as required to fulfil the job requirements, with occasional overnight stays.

For more information about us, visit www.naj.co.uk


Result Areas

       Successful development and delivery of projects in association with key partners

       Achievement of business-friendly policy outcomes in the area of training, skills and qualifications

       A high quality network of contacts to deliver key policy outcomes

       Effective delivery of clear and consistent messages to a range of audiences

       Active contributor to a highly motivated and effective team



The Package

A basic salary of up to £40,000 for a full-time role, depending upon experience

Additional benefits: 23 days holiday plus 8 public holidays, group personal pension scheme (defined contribution)*, life insurance*, flexible working hours

* after a qualifying period


To Apply

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Natalie Edmead-McKie  by 11.00am on Monday 19 February 2018. Initial interviews will take place in London on Monday 26 February. For an informal discussion about the role contact Simon Forrester, NAJ Chief Executive on 07917 247703 or for a full job description and person specification, contact the current postholder Kate Madelin on 020 7749 1702.