Commercial Director (Interim)
16h ago
  • this role is open to remote working within the UK. Successful candidates will be required to travel to their closest UNiDAYS campus (London or Nottingham) on occasion.
  • The role in a nutshell

    The Commercial Director is responsible for controlling and overseeing all business operations, people and functions within the Retail Marketplace Commercial team.

    The Commercial Director is accountable for successfully executing the Retail Commercial strategy in line with the Group full year strategy.

    Day to day responsibilities

    Commercial strategy and execution

  • Execute on Global and Regional Retail Marketplace Commercial plans.
  • Own delivery of Retail Marketplace Member, Revenue, DC and Management objectives as a global and regional level ensuring targets are met.
  • Ensure an optimum monetisation approach for all onsite and data assets
  • Provide regular reporting to team members and senior management regarding team performance and goal setting
  • Ensure you are providing relevant front line market insight back into the business
  • Capability management & KPI responsibility

  • Accountable Commercial resources focused on Retail Marketplace - to lead, coach, manage and develop the next tier of leadership
  • Ensure all teams are skilled in upselling all products and services
  • Line management of the Category Leaders, Regional leaders and Director of Customer success and sales enablement
  • Owns delivery of Retail Marketplace Member, Revenue, DC and Management objectives as a global and regional level. Owns delivery of agreed upon volume of members and engagements into the Learning & Employability proposition (Futures)
  • Develop Commercial plan, in conjunction with the CSO, VP Marketing and VP Product, to achieve Company KPIs globally - New Members, Activation Rate, Engagements and Members.
  • Strategic partner management

  • Owns the top 20 global partner strategy, working with the Executive Team to ensure full business engagement with key partners, with the outcome being deeper relationships with priority partners, greater achievement against partnership fundamentals, successful execution against our partnerside distribution plan, and a team incentivised against long term partnership success
  • What we need from you


  • Clarifying complexity. Ability to communicate very clearly and succinctly with the ability to get to the heart of things - even on complex issues.
  • Open mindset. Ability to evolve their thinking and pov based on new information. Can identify nuances, contradictions, and see opportunities in trends and opposing views.
  • Confidence and humility. Ability to act decisively and with confidence to inspire teams whilst simultaneously displaying a humility that respects and encourages team efforts.
  • Great learner who views successful outcomes as both achieving specific objectives and improving their organisation’s ability to deal with its next wave of challenges.

  • High standards. Set consistently high standards for themselves and others - from talent acquisition and development through to communication and execution.
  • Progress over action. Ability to focus on the outcomes and understand the hierarchy of importance. Progress over action with the ability to course correct themselves and others.
  • Experience & Qualifications

  • Commercial leadership at an Enterprise grade organisation. Experience leading organisations that have multiple department touchpoints, with different solutions implemented with the major global brands.
  • Firm grasp on the industry with the ability to provide strategic direction for UNiDAYS partners and understand and digest the market by vertical.
  • Turn these insights and direct the internal teams to build scalable solutions for our priority partners.

  • A strategic thinker who takes real world partner feedback and builds a case for internal resource, to drive partner led products and solutions.
  • The voice of the commercial team and use this to help deliver these solutions.

  • Comfortable with large speaking engagements and the ability to clearly and articulately position the vision and the advantage of UNiDAYS to the wider industry.
  • Extensive partner contact, supporting the team in market and solving partner challenges.


    We've accomplished a lot since we started in 2011, but in many ways, this is just the beginning. This is the chance for you to get in on ground zero.

    An opportunity to make a difference within the business with global reach. We are the world’s largest Student Affinity Network, with over 22 million verified members in 115 markets including the US, UK, Germany, India, Canada and Australia.

    We work with 800 of the world’s biggest brands globally, taking their products and services into the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s professionals, delivering engagement, building affinity and sales.

    You’ll also be working for a Great Place to Work CertifiedTM company who have been recognised on the UK’s Best WorkplacesTM for Wellbeing 2022 list.

    To find out more about our workplace initiatives, see our UK exclusive case study with Great Place to Work and be sure to visit our profile for more information.

    We offer a fast paced, fun & social working environment where you can truly make an impact. We believe that work should enhance and complement your life which is why we leave it up to you to decide where you work.

    You can choose to work from your assigned campus (either Nottingham or London) or from home, whatever works best for your individual needs.

    Your manager may request you attend team meet ups at your campus but other than that it is up to you! We work hard at UNiDAYS , but we also believe in fair compensation for hard work.

    That's why we're pleased to offer all employees full access to our comprehensive benefits package.

    Our perks include :

  • 25 days holiday per year increasing with length of service, plus flexible bank holidays
  • Competitive salaries
  • 4pm finishes every Friday
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Company share option scheme
  • Private health insurance (Vitality)
  • Income protection policy
  • Life assurance policy
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Enhanced parental leave pay
  • Core hours with flexibility around how / when you manage your time
  • Regular team building activities
  • The latest tech and hardware will be supplied from day one
  • Good Vibes Program : we know we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working and UNiDAYS has always taken pride in the community we’ve created in the office but we’re just as committed to creating an innovative approach to fostering connections and improving engagement outside of the office! We want to boost your remote working experience so think virtual parties, pottery classes, wellness classes and guest speakers just to name a few!
  • Support for home working for all new team members. We will help assess your home set up and you can expense £150 towards any additional furniture you may need to be safe and comfortable when working from home
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

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