Chief Executive Officer

Co Dublin, Leinster
29 March 2019
19 April 2019
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. The HAI represents all levels of the supply chain and includes within its membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses.

Established in 1938, the organization is in existence 81 years and represents over 400 distributors and suppliers across the industry.  Members enjoy key benefits such as: training and development, HAI’s trade publication, The Hardware Journal, market intelligence, business and HR support, business representation and lobbying, sponsorship and networking opportunities through events and The Hardware Conference.

The Position

Reporting to the President and the Executive Committee, the Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the effective implementation of the HAI’s policies and strategies and for ensuring compliance.  In addition, the Chief Executive Officer will assist the Executive Committee in devising the organisation’s strategy on an ongoing basis.

The Chief Executive will be accountable for the Corporate Governance of the organisation so that it is accountable and transparent in its dealings with members, stakeholders and local businesses. The Chief Executive will take responsibility for the effective day to day running of the organisation. The role also involves liaison with the President and Executive Committee on governance, the delivery of the strategy and policy development and the achievement of objectives. The successful candidate will lead the team, ensure quality programmes and events are delivered and grow membership whilst exercising financial prudence and working within the values and ethos of the HAI. External representation is an important element of the role.


Degree qualified, the successful candidate will be an ambitious and hardworking leader with an accomplished track record in strategic delivery. The appointee will be capable of operating at board level and ideally have a sound knowledge and appreciation of trade associations, professional bodies and public relations as well as the importance of professional development as it pertains to the sector. The appointee will possess a solid understanding of corporate governance together with, financial acumen, excellent communication and advocacy skills as well as the information technology skills required to fulfil this crucial role. A strong personal ambition for what the HAI can and should be is required.

How to Apply

Candidates should write via e-mail, in strict confidence, to our retained executive search partners, Principal Connections, stating how they meet the above requirements, quoting ‘Chief Executive Officer – Hardware Association Ireland’ and enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter on or before 12 noon on Friday 19th April 2019.

Darren McCabe, Practice Leader 

Principal Connections – search & advisory

95 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2

+353 (0)1 703 8892

Hardware Association Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

A detailed briefing prospectus including job and person specification is available on request.

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the Republic of Ireland without restriction.

Principal Connections is Ireland’s leading Retained Executive Search and Leadership Consulting Firm and the Irish Arm of Agilium Worldwide LLC one of the World’s largest and foremost Executive Search Organisations.

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