Chief Commercial Officer

Ref: 6422

Crown Agents

The role can be based globally

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Role Managed by:

Clara Nelson Strachan

Principal Researcher & Head of Research, Social Impact & Environment Practice

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6204


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary is competitive with the market rate and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment

Closing Date: 03/04/2023

Tackling Today’s Challenges for a Better Tomorrow

A unique not for profit International Development organisation, Crown Agents empowers leaders to accelerate self-sufficiency and prosperity for their communities, businesses, institutions and countries, reaching over 120 million people a year (in 2022) in over 80 countries. We work in partnership with our clients to design and implement practical solutions to their needs. We tackle the complex challenges they face, delivering innovative programmes at scale to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, whether that’s responding to procurement needs for PPE and COVID19 vaccines in over 50 countries, or providing access to drugs and life-saving medical equipment in Ukraine.  

We are now seeking an energetic, passionate and highly ambitious individual to join our Executive Team to drive the next stage of growth in an organisation that combines commercial expertise with a deep public sector ethos. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Commercial Officer will lead, invigorate and develop business growth and delivery, with responsibility for the overall leadership, development, planning and delivery of the Supply Chain function and Commercial Development Office. As a key member of our Executive Team, you will participate in corporate decision making, advocating and implementing strategies throughout the organisation. You will be a compelling thought leader and will manage key relationships on behalf of Crown Agents with governments, donors, partners, the international development community, and other stakeholders.

This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a genuine passion to bring lasting change all over the world, and across a multitude of disciplines. The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic and a can-do attitude. You will demonstrate significant experience of strategic and operational leadership internationally, leading teams to win and deliver large scale programmes. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong network and a proven track record of building impactful relationships across a range of stakeholders. Crucially, you will bring an ability to inspire and lead others through positivity, ambition and drive, a strong commercial acumen and, most importantly, will be demonstrably aligned with our mission, values and goals.

For 190 years, we have worked where the world’s greatest needs and the greatest challenges converge. If you have a passion for designing, winning and delivering powerful programmes focussed on our Supply Chain expertise, have strong commercial acumen, love building and inspiring teams and care for your staff, we want to hear from you.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification, quoting reference 6422. The deadline for applications is on Monday 3rd April 9am BST.

The role can be based globally. We would expect someone based outside of the UK to have an initial period of time at the London HQ for orientation. The salary is competitive with the market rate and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to first-round interview with Perrett Laver Consultants in mid-April. Final interviews will be held in mid-May.

Crown Agents is committed to diversity and will promote diversity for all candidates at all times as well as a business culture that reflects that belief. Crown Agents will treat everyone equally irrespective of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation, and places an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy. Crown Agents shall not discriminate unlawfully when deciding which candidates are selected for interview, or in any terms of employment, and will ensure that each candidate is assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the role. Crown Agents is committed to being an organisation enhanced by diversity and encourages applications from anyone who shares our values and commitment to improving the lives of communities affected by poverty or conflict.

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