Chief Operating Officer

Cambridge, United Kingdom expand job description ↓

Description

Location: Cambridge

Salary: c.£100,000 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. We are part of a consortium that has been awarded £82m in Government funding to train computing teachers in every school 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, with an operating budget of c.£10m in 2019 and a plan that will see us help millions of young people all over the world learn computing and digital making skills.

We are 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 led by an outstanding professional: digital products, communications, finance, people and culture, and performance. You will also be responsible for working closely with leadership team colleagues across the organisation and external partners to support operational delivery.

You will be the kind of person who thrives on variety and has a talent for making organisations work effectively.

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, about 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

  • Lead the development of the business plan and budgets for the Foundation.
  • Make sure that resources are allocated to priorities. Support the quarterly goal and target setting process across the business.
  • Monitor performance against the business plan and budgets, reporting to the Board of Trustees.
  • Support operational delivery in critical areas of the business, working closely with members of the leadership team and external partners.
  • Provide strategic direction and support to central functions, including line management of:
    • Director of Digital Products
    • Director of Communications and Marketing
    • Director of Governance and Performance
    • Financial Controller
    • People and Culture Manager
    • Head of Partnerships and Fundraising
  • Lead the identification and management of risks to the organisation; work proactively with colleagues to solve problems and remove obstacles.
  • Support the Chief Executive with new business development and change management initiatives.
  • Ensure that ways of working, systems, processes, facilities, technologies and productivity tools are in place to support the business and drive efficiency.
  • As a member of the Executive team and wider Leadership team, contribute to the strategic direction, culture, and values of the organisation; deputise for the Chief Executive as required.

Organisation structure

This role will report to 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:

  • An experienced senior leader with a track record of delivering ambitious goals in fast-growing organisations.
  • An effective communicator who is able to write and speak clearly.
  • A natural collaborator with a track record of bringing together diverse, cross-functional teams.
  • Good with numbers, bringing significant experience of business planning, budgeting, and performance management.


You’ll need to have:

  • Confidence with technology, including experience of how digital products are built and how technology is used to drive productivity.
  • Sound business judgement, the ability to identify and proactively manage risks, and experience of leading change effectively.
  • Excellent people management skills and the ability to coach and support diverse teams to achieve great things.
  • Experience of delivering on large scale contracts with governments or similar.


In addition, you might have some of the following:

  • Experience of working in a non-profit and/or educational organisation.
  • Experience of working in an organisation that has global reach, and satellites or partnerships in multiple countries.


Benefits

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

  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Generous company pension scheme with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions
  • Life assurance and long-term illness insurance policy
  • Investment in professional development and learning
  • Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments
  • Generous family leave policy
  • Cycle-to-work scheme and season ticket loan policy
  • Regular organisation-wide maker days to improve your digital making skills
  • Monthly all-staff meetings and socials
  • Fresh fruit, tea, coffee, drinks in all our offices


Timetable for applications

Closing date: 17:00, Monday, 9 September 2019

Telephone Interviews: 16-17 September 2019

Face-to-face interviews: 30 September 2019

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