CalMac advertises for managing director

CALEDONIAN MacBrayne is advertising for a new managing director with “a proven track record in delivering sustainable growth through commercial and market development strategies”.

According to adverts for the post placed in the national press, the ideal candidate for the position, which comes with a salary package in the region of £100,000, will “be able to demonstrate competence in transformational projects and sustainable business growth”, and will have operated at senior or board level in a geographically-dispersed business with a turnover in excess of £100 million.

Excellence in “operational and customer service delivery” is also required, while formal training and/or practical experience in “using continuous improvement techniques and project management skills” is desirable.

The advert also states that experience of working in the transport industry, and/or the public sector, would be beneficial but is not essential.

The company’s previous MD, Philip Preston, stood down at short notice in November after two years in the job as part of what was described as a “refocus”.

A week later the firm announced the appointment of Gary Robertson as Mr Preston’s interim successor on a six-month fixed-term contract.

Mr Robertson has a track record as a short-term business ‘troubleshooter’, having previously performed restructuring roles with DSG International, owner of the Currys and PC World brands, with its parent company DSG Group and with Glen Dimplex Cooking.

The closing date for the CalMac role is February 10, and two-stage interviews will be held in early March.