TRAFFIC: Chief Operating Officer

Unit: TRAFFIC International

Organisation:  TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)

Location: TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Reporting to: Executive Director

Work percentage: 100%

Expected start date: 01 September 2023

Type of contract: Indefinite

Closing date: 26 June 2023


The COO will be responsible for effective and efficient use of financial resources, identification and management of operating risks, and oversight of human resources, technology, and operational and administrative functions in the organisation. The COO reports directly to the Executive Director, oversees a global finance and operations team, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Specific Duties

Finance Management
-Provide Strategic leadership for development and implementation of medium and longer-term financial strategies for TRAFFIC
-Provide support and leadership to the Finance Team to ensure adequate and efficient financial management across the organisation, at both global and programme office levels, including overseeing annual budget process, tracking of financial performance against budget, and periodic re-forecasting as needed;
-Lead the development and implementation of sound accounting and financial policies, procedures, and systems in TRAFFIC, and supervise compliance in accordance with statutory and donor requirements;
-Ensure effective and efficient cash and treasury management, including actively managing foreign exchange risk;
-Prepare financial analytical information to measure performance and support decision making by the management and the board, thereby driving financial sustainability and a culture of financial accountability;
Responsible for ensuring statutory and project audit processes are being complied with throughout the organisation;
-Ensure the overall accounting and financial information systems are fit for purpose and drive operational efficiency, and generate timely information for decision-making for management and Board.

Operations and Administration
-Oversee operational development of existing and new TRAFFIC offices, with attention to governance agreements, hosting agreements, office accommodation and facilities, business practices, and compliance with statutory requirements;
-Oversee development and implementation of key operation policies, procedures, and guidelines throughout the organisation, including safeguarding, project management, health and safety, data protection, sensitivity activity management, security, and others;
-Oversee development and implementation of our internal environmental sustainability policy, including contributing to sustainability initiatives of the shared office space in the David Attenborough Building;

Risk Management
-Oversee TRAFFIC's organisational and project risk management systems, including regular strategic reviews of TRAFFIC's risk management framework, including the organisation's internal and external complaints mechanisms;
-Support the Executive Director and Senior Leadership Team in identifying and managing all aspects of organisational risk, including financial, legal, and reputational risks.

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