General Manager Information Page

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Letter from the current General Manager: 

Dear Potential SOAS GM,

I love SOAS. I have been working here for 23 years (21 in the current job), and I cannot imagine a more vibrant global community to work with. The students here are from all over the world, and are genuinely committed to the study of Asia and Africa. This is partially why I am leaving - I have to stop letting the world come to me, and start going out to the world. But I do hope that before I go I can hand over to a successor that makes the most of this amazing opportunity.

All SU's say they are different. So I won't push that line here, you will still be training and supporting sabbs, overseeing a talented and dedicated staff team. However SOAS SU genuinely does differ from many other Unions in its size, its activity and its structure. It is the only SU in England to have a completely student Trustee Board. We have a small staff compliment but turn over approximately 1.4 million a year. We have been in surplus for over 19 years, and have significant reserves. On the other hand we have had more occupations and student action than any other Union in the last 20 years. The senior staff member role (which the Trustees do not want to rename as Chief Executive), is a tricky one. Keeping the services afloat whilst running the rapids of student politics.

Other staff in Students' Unions often say to me when they visit our common room and bar that it "feels like a proper student union". Sometimes they say it ruefully, enviously or with an eye to the seventies stereotypes. We have been on a journey for the last 21 years to go from a small Union with no staff and no money, to one which is financially secure but is still ripe for development. At every stage the key thing has been to grow, without breaking the very thing people loved. We have refurbished, added staff, inherited a radio station and even bought a Yurt. 

Now is a great time to join, there is still so much potential here. But be warned - you will have to love students who are constantly in your face, be able to do everyones job, small means doing everything. The sense of accomplishment is palpable at year end, but be prepared to be in the news, to support your officers through often bizarre trials. Feel free to have a chat if you need to know more....

And best of luck

Peter Baran


Students' Union General Manager

Location: London
Salary: £53,632 to £61,589 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On:       4th June 2019
Closes: 25th June 2019
Job Ref: 001827


Hours: Full-time (37.5 per week)

Department: Students’ Union

The role and its responsibilities

This is the Senior Staff Member role within SOAS Students’ Union, responsible for the effective strategic management of the Union; working in conjunction with Sabbatical Officers/Trustees to develop the Union in a planned and sustainable manner in accordance with its core objectives and values. Overseeing the financial, legal, operational and commercial health of the charity in conjunction with the trustee board.

Skills and experience

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader, able to manage a small team of professionals delivering commercial services, activities and events whilst supporting the political leadership of the Union. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to both run the operational aspects of a busy central London Students’ Union and advise and guide the officers around the strategic direction of the charity. 

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Peter Baran on email or phone 020 7898 4996.

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About SOAS Students’ Union

SOAS Students’ Union is the student led representative body of students at SOAS, University of London. Made up of over 6000 members, with over 200 sports and societies, with a bar, shop and radio station, it is a registered unincorporated charity with an annual turnover of over £1 milllion. Led by four elected Co-Presidents, and a trustee board of elected students, SOAS Students’ Union is one of the most active Students’ Unions in the country, has students from over 150 countries around the world and has been regularly rated as the most political Student Union in the UK.

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and celebrated its Centenary in 2016.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please complete the short online application form. Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Closing date: Tuesday 25th June 2019. 

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

You can apply here via uploading your CV and Cover Letter to the online application form

Interview date is to be confirmed. 

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

We are working to achieve a diverse and representative workforce at all levels within SOAS University of London. Women and Black and Minority Ethnic groups are actively encouraged to apply for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level.


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