About the role



Our new 2021-2030 strategy will take us towards our bicentenary and beyond; ultimately, we recognise that our long-term success for animals depends on us helping people to help animals.

This role really is at the heart of our work. Reporting directly to (and working closely with) the CEO, you’ll be accountable for the delivery of transformation-critical workstreams and programmes which will support the successful delivery of our strategic objectives. Moreover, you’ll lead on the corporate planning cycle, strategic impact framework, and business planning, as well as special initiatives and projects which come within the remit of the Programme Office Team. Your principal accountabilities will cover strategy & planning; performance management; and business improvement.

The role will be highly visible and influential across the charity, and you’ll have strong working relationships with colleagues in the Executive Leadership Team – particularly the Director of People & Culture and Director of Finance, as well as the CEO. We’ll look to you to develop a framework of continual review and assessment of our work, with meaningful and effective reporting systems that allow us to build a rigorous evidence base for our future planning. We want to grow our overall capacity for innovation, business intelligence and analysis, and you’ll embed structures and cultures that support this.

Candidates will be accomplished change leaders, with experience of strategic planning in a multi-site operation, and used to working on a national scale. A project management qualification will be essential, and you must be a skilled drafter of business plans and implementation plans, including setting KPIs and reporting frameworks. It’s vital that you are at ease operating at the most senior executive and Board levels. Emotional intelligence of a high order is a must, and you must be able to communicate effectively (and sometimes at short notice) to the full range of audiences across and beyond the RSPCA.

Sensitive to the journey we’re making – but always ambitious to get us there – you must demonstrate that you understand the importance of people at the heart of change, and be able to convince us that you can engage colleagues and bring them with you. This role will depend as much on the success of the relationships you forge, as on your own analytical and organisational prowess. Able to move easily from high-level strategy to the granular detail of implementation, you must be flexible and comfortable working with ambiguity. An instinctive horizon-scanner, with a full repertoire of project management and change techniques, you’ll also bring a focused curiosity and the ability to credibly lead ‘what if..?’ discussions with senior colleagues.

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