Chief Operating Officer/Accelerator Manager

London, United Kingdom
Apply by 11 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 March 2018

Job Description

Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

The Position Overview
SPRING is a pioneering accelerator working with early, growth stage and mature businesses to develop products and/or services that can transform the lives of girls aged 10-19 across East Africa and South Asia. We work with world-class experts using Human-Centered Design (HCD) to support these businesses to create innovations with purpose and shared value. Our 5 year programme is funded by DFID, the Nike Foundation, USAID and DFAT.

SPRING businesses receive nine months of world-class HCD, research, investment readiness support and more for each diverse cohort of 20 enterprises from a specific region. In return, businesses commit to launch a market-oriented innovation that meets the needs of adolescent girls (and have it tested with them) and supports the core operations of the businesses to enable sustainability, viability, and scalability.

More information can be found on the SPRING website: https://www.springaccelerator.org

Outline of Position
Palladium is seeking a COO/Accelerator Manager responsible for the day to day programme and budget management of SPRING Accelerator and successful delivery of services as described in the client Head Contract.

Programme Management
* Ensuring timely delivery of quality services and contractual commitments in the head contract. Creating operational excellence in programme management including:
* Create, disseminate, and manage the changes on a complex programme plan, covering all aspects of the programme in all locations.
* Working closely with the Country Managers, Consortium partners, and technical experts to ensure smooth and appropriate internal communication, collaboration, and successful delivery of activities.
* Creating and managing any required working and steering groups.

Financial Management and Procurement
* Budgeting for packages of work, including new contracts for consultants and additional activities, as well as tracking progress toward milestones.
* Oversee processing of supplier and consultant invoices to the requisite budget threshold together with the Finance and Operations Associate.
* Lead on programme budgeting and forecasting which feeds into corporate submissions.
* With support of the Finance and Operations Associate, responsible for monthly tracking of budget categories and overall budget and timely delivery of fees.
* Consistent application of sustainable procurement to create operational surplus within the programme that does not affect quality or supplier satisfaction, that can then be re-invested in programme activities
* Managing and flagging any risks to the programmes financial delivery of income targets or stability
* Internal reporting to the Palladium finance team as needed with the CEO, ensuring the project demonstrates good value for money.
* Supporting the preparation and delivery to DFID of budget variations and contract amendments
* Minimize financial risk to Palladium.

Client Reporting
* Primary responsibility for accurate reporting to Palladium and clients (DFID, USAID, Nike, and DFAT) including production of quarterly progress reports, bi-annual reports, annual reports, briefing papers in advance of MMR and IPR (Palladium operational reviews).
* Reassessing and updating the framework for and report regularly against efficiency, effectiveness and economy i.e. Value for Money to DFID.

People Management
* Primary responsibility for contractor and employee contracts, in conjunction with Palladium HR and the Operations team and Programme Finance Officer.
* Oversee country managers to ensure they are fulfilling contractual duties against programme needs
* Line management for direct reports.

Requirements
* Education to degree level
* Minimum of 7 years relevant and demonstrated experience in managing and delivery of complex programmes.
* Experience working on an international development project with DFID (essential), DFAT, USAID (desirable), and other development donors.
* Experience with social enterprises, start-ups, not-for-profits, accelerators and/or incubators in developing countries.
* Strong financial management experience of budgets between £10M - £20M per annum
* Experience and ability in managing operational performance with tight financial constraints demonstrating effective budget management
* Experience of capacity planning and translating strategy and vision into operational objectives
* Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills.
* Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of Microsoft office applications (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
* Excellent attention to detail and ability to work to tight deadlines.

Key Competencies and Professional Expertise required
* Excellent leadership, representation and organizational skills
* Strong interpersonal and people handling skills
* Excellent communication, presentation and report writing skills
* Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports
* Ability to foster successful partnership approaches and relationships among a variety of organizations / institutions
* Ability to communicate effectively, influence effectively, and negotiate persuasively with variety of decision makers

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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