Managing Director - Wessex Fire & Security - Shaftesbury

Wessex Fire & Security are a family run company based in Dorset, with over 30 years experience in the Fire & Security business. We are seeking an experienced Managing Director with a proven track record in the industry to join our team.

Main Purpose of Role

Based at our Head Office in Shaftesbury the role will lead, manage and develop the commercial and operational activities of Wessex Fire & Security to improve growth rate, market share and profitability

The role will also be actively involved in the interests of the Wessex Group, ensuring maximum benefit is achieved from shared opportunities

Detailed Responsibilities & Duties

  • Develop and implement a five year business plan in line with Group overall strategy to maintain and improve growth & profitability
  • Full responsibility for profit & loss, with accountability for the company stability within the Group. Continuing development of pricing strategies in order to deliver annual budget plans, including overall control of costs and expenses.
  • Develop annual business plans, budgets and forecasts for presentation to the Group Board. Agreement of turnover and profitability targets as routes to the five year plan.
  • Utilising agreed business plans to identify resources required to meet monthly and annual objectives based on sales targets and marketing plans.
  • Leading by example, initiate and support business change to enable delivery of overall objectives
  • Coordinate and drive business operational activities to ensure maximum financial return
  • Oversee continuous efficient running of operations whilst maintaining QA procedures, customer requirements and quality of delivery
  • Initiate appropriate research to support development of annual marketing plans and identify future markets
  • Analyse and interpret management information to draw recommendations and conclusions on which to plan future change and support current operations
  • Gain full understanding and ownership of organisational structure strategies and policies of key clients in order to improve long term customer retention.
  • Working closely with the team to drive efficiency, compliance and quality of delivery. Creating optimum motivation and employee engagement to ensure that objectives are met and the team fully understand the expectations of their roles.
  • Ensuring awareness of current and proposed legislation, actions and policies within the fire and security sector that may impact customers. Developing proposals to assist clients with any changes.
  • Oversight and accountability for recruitment and training & development of team.
  • Fostering a culture of compliance with legislation, best practice and safe systems of work. Liaising with the Group Health & Safety Advisor to ensure appropriate employee monitoring and audits. Communicating clearly with clients on the company’s health & safety policy.
  • Ensure a customer focussed culture across the company.
  • Manage external communication activities to ensure a consistent approach across all marketing activities

Behavioural profile

In addition to skills, qualifications and experience the successful applicant will possess the ability to:

  • Make decisions in a timely and appropriate manner supporting others to do the same
  • Set challenging objectives, monitoring progress and taking appropriate corrective action where necessary
  • Be assertive in order to meet agreed timescales and deadlines and overcome any problems which may hinder progress and a successful outcome
  • Create a culture of strategic excellence and encourage others to think longer-term. Developing strategic advantage and seeking opportunities for future development
  • Use influencing skills to smooth relationships when difficult circumstance prevail and develop a culture of trust both within and outside of the team
  • Engage with others easily, motivating them to seek opportunities and achieve high standards
  • Bring a sense of urgency to situations when required, demonstrating a proactive approach. Be willing to get involved at any level in order to improve and maintain required pace to achieve goals and objectives
  • Remain persistent when facing challenge to ensure that thoughts and ideas are communicated effectively to achieve full and proper debate. Provide inspiration with the drive to succeed.

Tangible, measurable results must be achieved and evidenced when resistance to their accomplishment is encountered. There will be pressure to meet deadlines despite unplanned problems and unexpected interruptions. Strong communication using all mediums and excellent people skills are key requirements for success in the role

The successful applicant will be a self-starter, naturally competitive, imaginative with excellent problem solving skills, direct, influential, persuasive, confident, and take a proactive approach.

Additionally they will be able to demonstrate confidence, charm and poise with the ability to converse with others easily. They must have a significant level of strategic awareness with a keen customer focus. Influencing and motivational skills are a critical requirement with the ability to drive projects forward at an appropriate pace.


  • Pay dependent on experience
  • Company car or car allowance
  • BUPA medical insurance
  • Pension contributions
  • Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Life Assurance

All subject to qualifying periods of employment and Conditions of Contract.

For an application form please CLICK HERE.

Or for further information please email or call 01747 858039 (No agencies please).

Due to a high volume of responses we may be unable to feedback to all applicants, therefore if you do not hear from us within 2 weeks please consider your application unsuccessful.