Chief Operating Officer

Asthma UK


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £90,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    01 April 2019

  • Client

    Asthma UK

Ref: GSe50037.1

At Asthma UK, we operate with considerable reach and influence to alleviate the impact of what can be a debilitating and devastating condition.  Part of our challenge (and opportunity) is the sheer scale of asthma prevalence; over five million people in the UK live with asthma (including more than 1 million children), there are 3 million asthma attacks every year and 3 people die every day as a result of the condition.  We provide a range of services to help people with asthma live healthy and full lives, whilst also lobbying and funding vitally important research to find a cure. 

Our talented and ambitious team is diverse, with a broad range of industry experience that is enabling us to do more for our beneficiaries.  Those beneficiaries most at risk are highly digitally engaged and we have invested heavily in digital capability and change to do more to support them in recent years, but there's still a great deal to do. We’re also determined to optimise our strategic partnerships in the research, digital health and income generating space.  We will not stand still.

We are now looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer to join the Executive team and help transition our operations to a next phase of growth. Working closely with the Chief Executive, you will be responsible for leading our financial strategy, owning our overall governance framework and leading on the development of robust business plans, budgets and streamlined operations; monitoring performance and risk whilst eliciting best value from our increasing number of strategic partnerships.  As COO, you’ll also play a broader, enabling role, ensuring that we are able to respond to the opportunities offered to us by the smart use of digital, data and technology.    

Financially qualified, you will be a high-calibre COO with a strong track record of financial, technology, strategic and operational management, ideally gained in a small to medium sized business which operates with significant external reach.  Having ideally supported technology led business transformation elsewhere, you will be commercially astute and conversant with the operational and financial risks and opportunities offered by digitalisation, able to derive outstanding performance from a range of internal and external teams to ensure that we maximise investment and deliver. 

With prior exposure to a range of business models, your diversity of experience will enable you to cast a critical, yet constructive eye over the way we do business to accelerate delivery of our strategy.  Your personal investment in our mission, along with your high energy levels, appetite for change and variety, intellect and positive attitude will also ensure that we remain future focused; able and willing to embrace optimum and new ways of working to do more for people living with asthma.

If you have the ambition, credentials and values to help steer our organisation and operating model to the next level, we’d love to hear from you.

Closing Date for Applications Friday 29 March 2019 @ 5pm
Preliminary Interview at our London OfficeTuesday 9 April 2019 to Monday 15 April 2019
Assessment and Candidates to meet with Chairs of F&A and RemComBetween 1st and 2nd Interviews
Formal Final Panel Interviews1st Interview - Thursday 18 April 2019 & 2nd Interview - Thursday 25 April 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745

Juliet Brown: 0113 205 6089

Stephanie Crossland: 0113 268 0704