Chief Executive Officer

Company:Headway People

Location:France / Paris


Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Headway People, a leading direct sourcing specialist recruiting exclusively for the higher education, research and training sectors, is seeking a director for a prominent educational group based in Île-de-France:

Chief Executive Officer (F/M)

Activities :

Reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors (non-executive), the CEO leads the Executive Committee and holds the following primary responsibilities:

  • Driving the implementation of the group's innovative and ambitious strategy
  • Enhancing academic excellence and the distinction of the educational offerings
  • Achieving economic performance in line with objectives
  • Managing a multicultural staff and attracting, guiding, coaching, and rallying leaders/talents within the group
  • Representing the Group externally to numerous academic and institutional stakeholders.

Specifically, the CEO is tasked with :

  • Directing and overseeing the Group by animating its bodies
  • Implementing the strategy and securing levers that reinforce coherence with major societal challenges (diversity, inclusion, climate...)
  • Steering profitable growth by managing the economic dimension of academic development
  • Ensuring effective, efficient, and relevant alignment between development and necessary resources (real estate, human, financial, IT...)
  • Encouraging and strengthening the impact of academic research towards businesses, programs, and society as a whole
  • Ensuring coherence in the portfolio of offerings (schools and programs) with the expectations of targets and developing synergies between programs and schools
  • Developing and leading the sustainable development strategy
  • Contributing to the communication and visibility of the group to the media and professional, institutional, and academic bodies
  • Committing to improving the social openness of programs
  • Ensuring the enhancement of student experience on campuses and in online activities
  • Developing the recruitment of talented national and international students and initiating prestigious academic partnerships attractive to students.

Desired profile & personal qualities :

  • PhD (Habilitation à diriger des recherches or equivalent is a plus)
  • Understanding of the Group's environment and context to quickly integrate its key challenges
  • Leadership profile with experience in leading transformation projects in the complex world of higher education
  • Ability to drive profitable growth, mastery of economic and financial management within the budgetary process and management control developed by the group
  • Strong national and international network connections: prestigious schools, accreditation bodies, economic players in public and private spheres (ministries, embassies...)
  • Connection to the world of businesses and organizations that employ graduates
  • Native or fluent French and proficient English.

The following personal qualities are highly valued:

  • Ability to adopt, embody, and develop the Group
  • Ability to create and unite teams around shared issues
  • Creativity and pragmatism
  • Listening skills and leadership
  • Decision-making ability and reporting skills
  • Ethical sense and respect for others.

Job details :

  • Based in Paris with national and international travel
  • Executive status with a 4-month probationary period, renewable once
  • Motivating remuneration package based on profile and experience.

Recruitment Process :

Please submit your complete application (CV, letter of interest, and list of referees) to: or

The process will include:

  • Two to three interviews with specialized consultants from Headway People
  • The completion of a specific confidential dossier by shortlisted candidates
  • Interviews before a selection committee of the group.

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