Chief operating officer

We are looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join our growing international team and support us in our mission to create a better world for humans and animals alike.

Salary: Salary range starting at £65,000 FTE annually

Contract: full or part time, but a minimum of 30 hours per week / permanent

Reports to: CEO        

Work base: home-based within the UK

Right to work requirements: eligible to work and travel in the UK or Europe

Role Description

The COO will lead on financial management; supervise and optimise the organisation’s operations in the UK; and support our growing international team in operational matters.

Playing a pivotal part in the Senior Management Team, you will be responsible for ensuring that Veganuary’s day-to-day operations – including governance, administration, HR, finance, legal and IT – remain compliant, responsive and efficient.

Core Responsibilities:

As Chief Operating Officer you will oversee Veganuary’s operations, financial strategy and administration while providing management, leadership and vision to ensure the organisation meets its short-term and long-term objectives. Your responsibilities span the following different areas:

1. Strategy and management: Work directly with the Board of Trustees, CEO and Senior Management Team to develop the organisation’s principles and strategy as it grows. Act as a strategic thought partner to the CEO, with a focus on maximising Veganuary’s impact while ensuring growth targets are met and sufficient monitoring, assessment and evaluation strategies are implemented. Work with the CEO and Fundraising Manager to identify funding priorities and develop compelling cases for support in line with Veganuary’s 5-year plan. Line-manage, develop and empower a small team of full-time and part-time staff.

2. Financial strategy and management: Oversee all aspects of finance at Veganuary and Veganuary Trading Limited, including leading the development and delivery of our financial strategy as well as overseeing our processes for financial planning, control and reporting (including our audited annual accounts and Trustees Report).

3. Operations, Administration and IT: Develop, direct and oversee all operational activities of the charity with a focus on designing systems and processes to enable growth. This includes leading on the implementation of processes, protocols and policies to help optimise the organisation’s day-to-day operations as well as overseeing our approach to data protection, health and safety and risk management. Oversee all aspects of office and admin management, including day-to-day office systems for security, maintenance and housekeeping as well as the management of IT systems and security.

4. Human Resources and Team Culture: Develop and oversee an effective HR function to ensure there is due regard for employment law and appropriate HR processes and procedures. Implement effective measures in recruiting, developing, managing and supervising staff including staff wellbeing initiatives. Ensure effective and positive team communications, and lead the development and implementation of our people and DEI strategy. Lead a culture of continuous efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness while supporting and motivating staff to achieve organisational objectives.

5. Governance and Compliance: Coordinate the production of Board and Subcommittee papers, ensure that governance processes are effective, and maintain a watching brief on governance and legal requirements. Participate in Board meetings and Finance and Remuneration subcommittee meetings when required and provide secretariat to the Board. Set up, implement and manage policies, processes and procedures to ensure compliance with charity law and efficient operational outputs.

6. Legal: Oversee and support the organisation across a broad range of legal and compliance matters both in the UK and abroad and overseeing Veganuary’s Legal Counsel. Ensure that charity, company and employment laws are followed and all required reports and returns are filed in a timely manner.

Person Specification:

An ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of ten years’ working experience in operations, finance or business development with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience in a similar role with demonstrable management and strategic experience at a senior level
  • In-depth experience and insights into the workings of different departments of a UK charity, including finance, operations, governance, charity law and human resources
  • Proven experience in scaling up operations in a business or charity comparable to Veganuary’s current size
  • Share Veganuary’s vision, mission and values and have a thorough understanding of the plant-based movement and environment Veganuary operates within
  • Excellent leadership and organisational skills
  • A strategic and proactive approach to solving problems
  • Knowledge of accounting, budgeting, financial analysis and data analysis
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and impact analysis
  • A strong desire to build efficient structures and processes that limit bureaucracy and drive growth
  • You will share and support Veganuary’s vision and values (detailed below)

If you do not not meet all the desired criteria for this role, but are passionate about our work and feel that you have the ability to quickly grow into the role, we would still love to hear from you.

Our Vision:

Our vision is simple; we want a vegan world. A world without animal farms and slaughterhouses. A world where food production does not decimate forests, pollute rivers and oceans, exacerbate climate change, and drive wild animal populations to extinction.

Our Values:

Impact: we are committed to a vegan world; we will utilise research to evaluate how the highest number of lives can be spared and direct resources to that end.

Empowerment: we will optimise our outreach to support and encourage people on their vegan journey in a non-judgemental, positive, constructive and easily accessible way.

Collaboration: by partnering with other mission-driven organisations and working closely with corporates, we will make a bigger difference.

Diversity and inclusion: we know that it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests and backgrounds to achieve our vision; we appreciate the value of this and how it brings us closer to achieving our mission.

Respect and integrity: in all internal and external relationships, we will strive for genuine, honest, and transparent communication.

Resilience: we will continue to create a professional and sustainable (human, social, economic and environmental) organisation.

Veganuary is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive work culture that reflects and celebrates our diverse world. We therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, regardless of their ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marriage and civil partnership status, or age. We recognise our duty as an employer to foster an environment that embraces diversity and are constantly reviewing our practices to become even more inclusive as an organisation. We also recognise that certain groups in our industry are under-represented – we welcome applications from all who meet the role’s requirements and are making efforts to attract a diverse pool of candidates to combat the lack of representation.

Application Instructions

Applications for this role are only being accepted via the Charity Job platform. You will be required to submit your CV and a cover letter of no more than 1,000 words by Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 23:59 UK time that answers the following questions:

• Why do you want to work for Veganuary?
• What will you bring to our organisation?
• When can you start?
• What are your salary expectations?

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As an inclusive employer, reasonable adjustments can be made to allow any who require additional support to apply for this role. Please get in touch with us if you require such support.