Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society, creating friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We change lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
The British Council operates through over 100 offices worldwide, employs over 10,000 staff worldwide and last year total income reached £1,077m. More than two-thirds of that income is generated from teaching English, administering exams overseas and from partnerships and contracts. The remainder comes from Government as grant in aid.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) sits on the Executive Board, reports directly to the Chief Executive and plays a critical role in the strong functioning of our corporate operations. The COO supports the CEO in setting and executing the short, medium and long term strategic plans, leads Strategy Performance and Insight, Corporate Affairs, Global Business Transformation and Internal Audit and Risk. The British Council is undergoing a series of major change programmes to ensure we remain lean, fit for purpose and delivering maximum value. Change programmes are underway across operating structures, finance, IT and our digital platforms. We are also relocating our London Headquarters to Stratford, East London. The COO will play a key leadership role in these changes and therefore in how effectively we deliver our global role in cultural relations and education.
You will have a track record as a COO or senior leader in a global organisation with a major transformation agenda. Most likely you will hold a professional qualification in finance, audit or business administration. You will have proven success in leading significant people, process and system change in corporate functions, risk management and a control environment of equivalent size, complexity and global scale.
This recruitment process is being handled by our partner Odgers Berndtson. For more information, and to apply online, please visit the website by clicking on Apply.
Closing date: 4th June 2018