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Head of Strategy, Operations & Innovation
Save The Children
2.1km | London , UK
role reference:  wyw_#00121
Location
2.1km | London , UK
Salary
Annual
£46,750 - £55,000
Contract Full-time
Industry Non-Profit Organisation
Hours 37.5 - 37.5 Hours
  • Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Non-Profit Organisation
  • OPERATIONS
  • Leadership
Description:

The job of a Save the Children UK's Head of Strategy, Operations and Innovation is busy and varied.

  • Do you have a strong track record of running strategy, planning, budgeting and accountability processes across multiple teams?
  • Do you have hands-on experience of simplifying complex organisational processes and influencing outcomes to enable impact, efficiency and effectiveness at an organisational level
  • Are you driven to find and scale what works and eager to challenge the status quo?
  • Do you want a varied role where no two days are the same?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you! 

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns (PAC) and working closely with the PAC Senior Leadership Team (SLT), you will be responsible for designing and monitoring the strategy of the PAC Division.

You will ensure all of our human and financial resources are deployed to maximum effect, ensuring our processes and policies are effective and efficient and delivering special projects as needed.

You will also head up a team of high performing strategy and operations professionals including coordinators, an Executive Assistant and a Scrum Master.

This role is at the heart of delivering impact for children here in the UK and around the world and would suit someone who is driven to find and scale what works, eager to challenge the status quo and enjoys variety, pace and creating environments in which others can thrive.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. You will visibly lead our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect. 

Main Accountabilities

The Head of Strategy, Operations and Innovation's key duties will be to:

Enable the smooth execution of PAC's divisional priorities by providing strategic and tactical support to the ED and SLT and managing the division's strategy and evaluation processes:

  • Deliver effective strategic planning meetings and away-days, capturing and driving delivery of the resulting actions and ensuring the senior leadership team is supported with effective MEAL and management information
  • Lead divisional and organisational reporting on departmental key performance indicators, ensuring objectives are being met and providing support to help meet them when they are not 
  • Lead resource planning for the division, ensuring that all human and financial resources are being used to maximum effect and that grants are effectively won, managed and reported on
  • Work with relevant business partners to ensure PAC's needs and perspectives inform organisational planning and organisational processes support our impact
  • Join organisational Corporate Senior Leadership Team meetings and pick up responsibility for any cross-organisational strategy and operations projects that arise from them
  • Ensure that the Division is represented in cross-organisational boards, forums and projects

Oversee the delivery of a portfolio of priority projects in line with the divisional and organisational strategy:

  • Manage a varied portfolio of operational and change projects and support the team to turn innovative ideas into business cases, grant applications and project plans
  • Manage restricted funding received related to key PAC priorities as well as sectoral and cross-sectoral pieces of work
  • Work with colleagues across PAC, Save the Children UK and the wider movement, build relationships with and steward potential and current donor partners, especially as it relates to SCUK's new Partnerships for Impact strategy
  • Surge team members into divisional priority projects as needed and ensure a culture of agility, audacity and collaboration is maintained across the team and the wider division
  • Drive a culture of trust, transparency and inclusion through open and consistent communication across the team and the PAC division overall
  • Oversee the implementation of a comprehensive divisional communications and engagement plan which, working directly with colleagues from the Internal Comms team and elsewhere 
  • Ensure consistency and knowledge management, promotes a culture of learning and inclusion, and role models our Workplace Behaviours
  • Lead and support the creation of an inclusive environment across PAC, where people feel safe and valued at work
  • Oversee the implementation of a divisional Diversity & Inclusion plan, ensuring alignment and active engagement with SCUK's People & Culture strategy and Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

Ensure effective operational support to the ED and division through line management of a high performing team of strategy and operations professionals: 

  • Ensure direct reports are given proper direction, performance management, support, feedback and development opportunities
  • Work with direct reports and others in the team, collaborate with colleagues on the continuous improvement of policies, systems and processes to ensure we are as effective and impactful as possible 
  • Role model our organisational behaviours and integrate all elements of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy into the work of the team and wider division
  • Surge team members into Squads and project teams as needed.

 Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way that reflects:

  • Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with its Child Safeguarding Policy
  • A commitment to Save the Children's vision, mission, values and approach
  • A commitment to effective management of risk, by operating within the Charity's code of conduct, policies, procedures and controls and by carrying out the risk management and assurance responsibilities of the role as set out in the Risk Policy and Procedures.

Person Profile

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience of running strategy, planning, budgeting and accountability processes across multiple teams
  • Experience of simplifying complex organisational processes and influencing outcomes to enable impact, efficiency and effectiveness at an organisational level
  • A high degree of numeracy and comfort with spreadsheets, data analysis and financial information
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills to prepare a range of materials for a range of purposes (including management information, bids, business cases and presentations 
  • Experience of innovation and the skills to translate new ideas into programmes of work and project plans
  • Knowledge of trends in funding and experience with securing, managing and reporting on grants
  • Experience of managing and motivating teams with a diverse workload

Abilities

  • Ability to manage multiple objectives and competing demands, set clear direction, and monitor progress and impact across a range of work areas
  • Ability to communicate with impact verbally and in writing in a variety of settings
  • Ability to build external and internal relationships that create opportunities for impact and learning 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Key skills:
  • Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Non-Profit Organisation
  • OPERATIONS
  • Leadership
Annual
£46,750 - £55,000

CONTRACT

INDUSTRY

Role Type

37.5 - 37.5 Hours
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