Senior Operations & Execution Lead

Closing date: 04 June 2024, 09:00 BST

Location: Oxford, with flexible home working

Salary: £55,000 - £65,000 full time equivalent

Vacancy type: Permanent

Global Canopy is a data-driven not for profit that targets the market forces destroying nature. We do this by improving transparency and accountability. We provide innovative open-access data, clear metrics, and actionable insights to leading companies, financial institutions, governments and campaigning organisations worldwide.

About the role

Global Canopy is seeking an experienced and effective Operations & Execution Lead at a moment of very rapid growth and ongoing opportunity for the organisation as we implement our 2023-2030 strategy to end market impacts on nature.
You will have a proven track record of effective planning and execution in a relevant organisational setting, and will be able to flourish in a collaborative and dynamic non-profit, working with complex programmes and partnerships worldwide.
Your goal will be to standardise and help embed effective approaches, processes and tools for planning, delivery and monitoring of our work across the organisation. Reporting to the Director of Finance & Operations, you will work closely with the Programmes Director, People Director, and other senior colleagues to strengthen both organisational culture and practice for efficient, effective and inclusive execution.


To be successful in this role, these are the things that will matter the most:

  • Deep experience in operationalising and supporting a planning and execution cycle within a complex institutional setting.
  • People and communication skills, given how fundamentally this success will depend on effective collaboration with our Programmes Director, Finance & Operations Director and other organisational leaders.
  • Broad experience across a wide range of business functions, processes and systems. Commitment to and understanding of safeguarding, health and safety, and wellbeing.
  • Strategic mindset, anticipating risks and opportunities, and incorporating them into planning and execution processes accordingly.

Essential behavioural competencies:

  • Action-oriented, positive and systematic approach to problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Attention to detail alongside the practical mindset required to catalyse effective action. Diplomatic but firm in ensuring uptake of processes and systems.
  • Ability to work effectively within an international non-profit setting, working across complex programmes and partnerships and adept at managing change.
  • Creative, flexible and inclusive approach, able to find solutions to new challenges in the context of organisational innovation and growth.
  • High emotional intelligence, with a coaching and mentoring-based approach to management.
  • Strong alignment with our mission and values

At Global Canopy, we value diversity and inclusion. You can read our diversity statement on our website. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team with a diverse set of skills, experiences and abilities. We are committed to reducing systemic barriers in our recruitment processes.
Global Canopy works on issues of tropical deforestation. We are particularly interested in strengthening our team to include those with a background from forest regions such as Latin America and South East Asia. We welcome applications from people from these regions.
Global Canopy is an inclusive employer and accommodations will be made to allow anyone who requires additional support to apply for this role. Please get in touch with us if you require any additional support.

To find out more, download the recruitment pack or visit our website.