Chester FC are seeking to appoint a chief executive officer (CEO) with the position seen as 'pivotal to the ultimate aims and success of the football club'.

City Fans United , the supporters organisation which owns the club, announced plans in March to appoint a CEO following a review of off-field staffing structures which led to the departure of commercial manager Tracey Smith as the CEO will assume responsibility for commercial activities making her role redundant.

Applications for the post of CEO are now being invited with a deadline set for 5pm on Monday, June 6.

According to the advert, applicants will be required to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in the administration of professional football at either club, league or governing dody Level.
  • A skill-set that incorporates all or most of the typical commercial activities of a football club such as sponsorship, digital, communications, CRM
  • Significant experience of setting targets for improvement activity and excellent staff management skills
  • Open-minded to the views of others whilst retaining the tenacity to achieve results
  • Effective negotiating, influencing and time management skills

The role profile states that 'leadership and inspirational skills' are essential and that 'fiscal awareness and financial prudence' are of prime importance as the CEO will work with the operations board to set, and manage, a budget that ensures the club continues to be operated in a sound and sustainable way.

As the CEO will be responsible for commercial activities, one of the successful applicant's key tasks will be to attract investment through sponsorship and to develop a commercial strategy together with the operations board.

Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the supporter ownership model and the club's community programme.

Chester previously employed a chief executive between 2011 and 2013 after Pat Cluskey was promoted from the general manager role he had filled since the fan-owned club was reborn in 2010.

However, Mr Cluskey left in April 2013 when his role was made redundant and Mrs Smith was appointed operations manager in June 2014.

She moved to the position of commercial manager last August when ex-Chester City secretary Tony Allan returned as general manager.

Anyone interested in applying for the CEO post should declare an expression of interest including a CV via email to general manager Tony Allan at