Chief Operating Officer

Charity Commission


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Six figure package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    13 March 2020

  • Client

    Charity Commission

Ref: GSe62984

The Charity Commission is changing to serve the public better in the way we regulate the 168,000 registered charities in England and Wales, which make up a sector with an annual income of £79 billion. The Commission is an independent, non-ministerial government department, with around 420 staff, based across four locations. We register and regulate charities and are driven by our purpose to ensure that charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society.

Our new five-year strategy sets out a bold and ambitious vision, centered around a commitment to ensure charity delivers maximum benefit. We are now seeking to appoint an exceptional Chief Operating Officer to play a critical leadership role and assume responsibility for the Commission’s business and financial planning and for the successful delivery of our continued business transformation programme. Our new COO will be accountable for all corporate functions to ensure that they support our operational areas to deliver our strategy.      

Reporting to the Chief Executive and highly visible across the organisation, you will work with other directors and lead the development and implementation of our transformation programme, breaking down silos across the organisation and focusing the team on the delivery of our strategy.  As a catalyst for improvement, you will champion the right behaviours for making us a more joined-up organisation and ensure that we have one consistent and integrated picture of change.

This role requires a senior leader with an outstanding track record in delivering transformational change and continuous improvement across organisations. With the ability to take a critical and influential role in our senior leadership team, you will bring the skills to work across organisational boundaries, hold senior leaders to account and inspire and develop high performing, multi-functional teams. You will understand what it takes to work in a complex, fast paced and challenging environment. Above all, as a key member of the leadership team, you will be committed to delivering our purpose and will bring the drive and insight to help the Charity Commission further evolve and improve as an organisation.

Longlist MeetingFriday 20th March 2020
Preliminary Interviewsw/c Monday 30th March and w/c Monday 6th April 2020
Shortlist MeetingEither Tuesday 14th or Wednesday 15th April 2020
Referencing, psychometric profiling, additional due diligence Between Wednesday 15th and Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Candidates to lead a focus group with some senior staffw/c Monday 20th April 2020
Final PanelFriday 24th April 2020
How to Apply

You must submit:

  • CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps
  • Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) providing evidence and detailed examples of achievements to demonstrate how you can address essential and desirable criteria in the experience and skills section of the Person Specification explaining how you can address these. You should also include your motivation for applying.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name and the details of two referees who can comment on your ability to do the job. Please note, no referees will be contacted without your prior permission.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards becoming an inclusive employer and will not be provided to the panel.

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 13 March 2020.  Late applications will not be accepted

Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092