We are looking for an outstanding, proven leader to run PEAS’s global operations. A ‘best in class’ action oriented senior leader, you will be excited by the potential of playing a key role in building on PEAS’s success so far. You will show exceptional business acumen to ensure our sustainability and a proven commitment to the investment in people that will drive organization effectiveness. You will also bring an ability to design operating systems that enable impact at scale by progressively lowering PEAS’ externally financed cost per beneficiary. The role will report to PEAS’ founder and CEO, John Rendel, enabling him to focus increasingly on the longer term strategy, external relationships and fundraising, and on programme design iterations.

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Responsibilities of the role:

1. Execute the medium and long term strategic plans as set by the CEO
2. Lead the business and operations components of strategic planning to ‘Get more disadvantaged children through quality secondary education’
3. Act as the central, organization facing senior leader, managing a growing 800+ person team through 4/5 direct reports
4. Design and implement such systems and processes as are required to increase organizational efficiency and to allow continued growth by combatting the natural increase in complexity that occurs as PEAS grows
5. Report to the CEO and Board of Trustees on PEAS’ finances, operations, impact and risk
6. Ensure risks are understood, tracked, managed and, where possible, reduced
7. Act as a sustainability and efficiency ‘czar’ to enable impact at scale by progressively reducing PEAS’ externally financed cost per beneficiary
8. Oversee the implementation of, and reporting on, restricted grants
9. Lead decisions around the organisation’s budgets, operations and staffing within the strategic approach and principles set by the CEO
10. Oversee the project grants team to support the CEO in attracting finance for our school construction and ongoing operations
11. Facilitate the CEO to motivate, inspire and listen to PEAS staff and partners
12. Take on such tasks and projects as are required from time to time to promote the organisation’s Mission

The person:

• Above all, we are looking for a person with the potential, drive and flexibility to work closely with the CEO as a partner that can lead the organisation as it continues to grow from a successful startup to a world class social enterprise
• The experience to act with confidence and credibility to provide support and challenge within the leadership team
• A proven commitment to and experience in the recruitment and development of exceptional teams
• The business acumen to become PEAS’ sustainability and efficiency ‘czar’
• Strong financial management experience to oversee the organisation’s finance function, including overseeing audit and budget processes and financial reporting
• The management and operations experience to run a young but rapidly growing organisation (HR, Finance, internal communications and ICT)
• The commitment to the organisation’s values and vision and resilience to manage challenges
• Excited at PEAS’ potential to create impact at scale but happy to balance a growth focus with a prudent approach to risk that ensures the sustainability of our existing programmes
• A proven leader who can ‘do the right thing’ as well as ‘do things right’
• A proactive, energetic, hardworking individual able to work with stamina and pace.
• An empowering manager with experience of achieving results with/through and not around other team members  
• A proven track record of contributing to business strategies and implementing change programmes at a senior level
• A results focused implementer creative enough to develop new strategies to achieve the organisation’s long-term goals
• Exemplifying PEAS values: long-termist, collaborative, genuine, effective, empowering.

Application process

Please submit a cover letter (paying particular attention to the person specification) and curriculum vitae to recruitment@peas.org.uk

Please include all portions of your application in one attached document preferably as a PDF document, and use “Chief Operating Officer” as the subject of your email.

Only applications completed in the above format will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be shortlisted and contacted. PEAS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its recruitment practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

PEAS is a UK based charity with a mission to expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we receive, we cannot respond to unsuccessful applicants. If we have not contacted you within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful.

To discuss the role please call 07786 372381

Closing date: Monday June 20th 2016

PEAS has a strict child protection policy. All staff are expected to abide by this.