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Chief Operating Officer

  • Salary £70-75,000 per annum
  • Permanent position
  • Location Central London
  • Reports to the Executive Director

The Organisation

Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is the UK Chapter of the world’s leading anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International. Our priorities are combatting corruption within the UK, reducing the UK’s role in fuelling corruption overseas and tackling global corruption through hosting two of TI’s global programmes on corruption in the health and defence & security sectors.

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or well-being depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority. Corruption holds back economic development, prevents markets operating fairly for businesses and consumers, and further exploits already marginalised people. At TI, we focus on world-class research and advocacy designed to analyse the problems and provide realistic solutions.

TI-UK is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, with around 50 people in London and a small number of key consultants based overseas. This is a senior management team role within a high-impact organisation, providing an opportunity for the right individual to make a real difference.

In recent years, we have expanded rapidly following the receipt of several large institutional grants. As new systems are developed, we are looking for a COO who will take a leading role in enabling the organisation to manage its growth, be responsive to both our funders’ and internal needs, and to strengthen our processes and capabilities in a way that is appropriate for an organisation of this size and nature. This will help us respond to the new and more global operational requirements that face us. With the focus on corruption deepening world-wide, TI-UK’s impact needs to be continuously strengthened and the COO has a pivotal role to play.

While TI-UK has grown in terms of income, depth of work in the UK and the hosting of two of TI’s global programmes, we need to develop and synthesise our financial, HR and operational systems and processes to enable the organisation’s work to flourish. Even with this growth, we remain a medium-sized charity but with considerable reach that requires us to obtain the most out of our income, to employ and motivate highly capable people and to provide excellent financial information and other resources.

The successful candidate will be a fully qualified accountant, a good communicator and have proven leadership, people and management skills. S/he will promote diversity, equality, inclusion and the charity’s values.


The Role

We are seeking an exceptional individual, with an interest in our work, who will bring leadership and management both as a member of our SMT and to our financial activities and key operational areas.

As we are a lean organisation, you will inevitably pick up both hands on technical work as well as the higher level strategic support. You will be comfortable working through a period of change/growth and be happy playing a key senior role in the organisation, with both the strength of personality to take difficult decisions, and the people skills to bring colleagues with you and drive the implementation of new procedures across diverse and busy teams. To accomplish this, you will manage a team of 5-6 staff, some part-time.

Finance responsibilities occupy 50% of the role and include:

  • all statutory reporting
  • management accounting
  • financial aspects of donor reporting and grant management.

Operational areas include:

  • operational risk and mitigation measures
  • travel and overseas deployments
  • grants and contractual relationships including those overseas
  • grant management systems
  • information technology strategy, systems and security including data protection
  • human resources
  • facilities
  • health & safety.

Organisationally, the COO will also ensure

  • there is consistency of procedural and operational approach across the charity’s programmes
  • the organisational culture reflects our values
  • there is a support services function that enables the mission-related programmes to thrive
  • there are management information systems that support a culture of effective delivery and continuous improvement.

Full details of the duties and responsibilities are available in the Role Profile.

Experience and Qualifications

You should be a qualified accountant with substantial post-qualification experience preferably within the environment of a charity that has large restricted funds, and with knowledge of Charity SORP. International NGO experience would be a major benefit, together with a hands-on manner allied with the ability to be strategic and be seen as the key enabler for our programme teams.


Terms and conditions

  • Salary £70-75,000
  • Permanent
  • 25 days’ holiday (in addition to public holidays)
  • Flexible working culture
  • Pension


  • Deadline for applications: Midnight Wednesday 29 January 2019
  • Interviews will be held in mid-February
  • Ideally, candidates should be able to start as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should submit

  • CV
  • Cover letter of no more than three pages outlining experience and interest in the role and fit with the role profile

Please note that TI-UK is unable to provide help for candidates to acquire work permits or visas. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Due to large volumes of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. TI-UK reserves the right to vary the terms and conditions of this role profile to adapt where necessary to the charity’s requirements.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to jobs@transparency.org.uk

COO Job Description December 2018


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