Chief Operating Officer

Ref: 7245


United Kingdom

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Role coordinated by:

Ibby Imam

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7383


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 28/05/2024

Join us in our mission to create a sustainable future for generations to come. 

We're on a mission to safeguard our planet and ensure a future where people and nature can thrive together so that by 2030 the loss of nature has halted and its recovery has begun. As one of the world's largest independent environmental and conservation organisations, WWF is active in nearly 100 countries, working to tackle the pressing issues of our time. From stopping deforestation to bringing nature back from the brink and delivering a resilient, prosperous and sustainable UK, we're dedicated to creating real, lasting change. 

We’re working globally and in partnership with communities, governments, companies and others who have the will to act and transform our world. We collaborate closely with local and indigenous communities, so our work is best placed to help people and wildlife thrive together. We are inspiring a global movement of people and creating a public mandate through our supporters and millions of concerned members of the public to ensure that restoring nature is put at the heart of all the decisions we make in our everyday lives.   

About the role

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional and dynamic leader as our Chief Operating Officer (COO). This role reports to the Chief Executive and is a key member of the Executive Group, providing pragmatic guidance and support for all professional services solutions across the organisation. The appointee will play a pivotal role in providing the strategy, leadership, and vision to ensure that WWF-UK has the appropriate governance, operational controls, systems, administrative and reporting procedures. You will lead the People and Culture, Strategic Planning and Performance, Governance, General Counsel, Finance, IT and Facilities Teams, ensuring the right structures and programmes have been put in place to transform the organisation effectively and drive the charity forward through the new strategy.  

This role offers a unique challenge for an individual with a genuine passion and commitment to WWF’s mission and dedication towards achieving our climate and conservation goals. You will be a qualified, strategic leader with a track record of leading an organisation through periods of transformational change. You will have experience of managing critical organisational support functions, a high degree of commercial awareness and business acumen as well as strong resource, financial and programme management skills.

Perhaps most importantly you will be an inspirational and inclusive leader with strong interpersonal and influencing skills with the ability to work collaboratively across disciplines within a fast-moving environment.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification below.

The deadline for applications is 09.00 BST on Tuesday 28th May.

The role will be contracted to work from the Living Planet Centre, Woking, with flexibility to work from home.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

At WWF, we are deeply committed to equity, equal opportunities and to continuously learning how to increase the diversity of our people and to become a truly inclusive organisation. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and encourage applications from people currently underrepresented, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+.  

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