Chief Operating Officer
The London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine is looking to appoint a Unit Chief Operating Officer (GCOO) to the MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the operations within the Unit, and to build and develop the integration with central services at LSHTM.
The post-holder will be a key member of the Unit’s Senior Management Team, as well as being head of the local operations group, and a member of LSHTM Management Board.
The post-holder will be responsible for providing high-level support and advice to the Unit Director in their leadership and management of the Unit. The post-holder leads and manages the Unit’s operational services (financial, administrative, HR, IT, technical and support departments) as well as ensuring robust governance and accountability in line with LSHTM and MRC policies, and in compliance with Gambian legislation. The role will also be responsible for logistics, procurement and project management. With accountability for the budget, the role holder will be responsible for all stages of the budget process, including planning, complex resource management, and management of capital investment.
The successful candidate will have significant, demonstrable leadership and operational experience gained in an organization of scale and complexity, and will possess the business acumen and credibility to meet the challenge of this senior role. You will be comfortable and adept at handling competing operational demands, whilst ensuring the workforce delivers strategic objectives effectively. You will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a sophisticated and flexible approach to senior stakeholder management and influencing. A relevant first degree is essential. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.
The GCOO will report to the Unit Director and will be accountable to the LSHTM Chief Operating Officer. This is a challenging but highly rewarding opportunity for the right candidate.
The post is full time and permanent, based at the Unit’s research facility in Fajara in The Gambia, and the postholder will also spend time at the Unit’s field stations.
The salary for this post is up to £80,000 per annum. The post will be subject to LSHTM terms and conditions of employment. Annual leave entitlement is 30 days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the USS pension scheme is available. A package of overseas allowances is available depending on whether the successful candidate would need to relocate to take up this position.
Applications should be made on-line via our website at http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote reference MRC-MRC-2020-06.
The supporting statement section should set out succinctly how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.
Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.