Chief Operating Officer

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom


Chief Operating Officer

Location: Cambridge
Salary: c. £90000 FTE
Basis: permanent; full-time, part-time or flexible
Eligibility: You must be eligible to work in the UK

About us

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity working to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.

Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed educational content and programmes that are helping millions of people learn new knowledge and skills.

Through Code Club and CoderDojo, we support the world’s largest network of free informal computing clubs for young people. We are the digital skills partner to the Scouts and the National Citizen Service. Tens of thousands of educators have taken our online courses, and millions of people use our free online learning resources. In October 2018, the UK government announced that we were part of a consortium that was awarded £78.5m to train computing teachers in England.

We are at the forefront of the global movement to help young people learn about computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.

The role

The Foundation has grown significantly in ambition and scale over the past twelve months, and we are set to continue growing over the coming year, with a budget of c. £10m and a plan that will see us help millions of young people all over the world learn computing and digital making skills.

We are now looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer to join the Executive team and help lead our organisation in this next phase of growth. Working closely with the Chief Executive, you will have responsibility for leading the development of business plans and budgets, making sure that resources are allocated to priorities, monitoring performance, managing risks, and ensuring that the appropriate ways of working, processes, and productivity tools are in place to help us deliver our ambitious goals.

You’ll be responsible for managing and supporting key central functions, each of them led by an outstanding professional: digital products, communications, finance, people and culture, governance and performance (which includes IT and facilities), and fundraising. You will be the kind of person who thrives on variety and has a talent for making organisations work effectively.

More than anything, you will be a digital-era COO. You will understand how digital products are created in a user-centred way, you’ll be confident with agile ways of working, and you’ll have an instinct for how to use digital technologies to drive productivity.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join the leadership of one of the most exciting non-profit organisations to emerge in the last decade. You’ll be joining an extraordinary team that cares about its mission, the quality of our work, and for each other.

We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we will make it work for you.

Main responsibilities

Organisation Structure

This role will report into the Chief Executive, Philip Colligan, along with four other senior leadership roles; Managing Director of Youth Programmes, Chief Learning Officer, General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer.

Experience and personal attributes

You’ll need to be:

You’ll need to have:

In addition, you might have some of the following:


In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

Timetable for applications

Closing date: 17:00, Monday 7 January 2019
Telephone Interviews: 9/10 January 2019
First face-to-face interviews (in Cambridge): 14 January 2019
Second face-to-face interviews (in Cambridge):TBC

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