Job vacancy

Director of Operations (Open to flexible working)

Salary range:
Full time
March 26, 2021

Can you support our organisation to do amazing work? Global Witness is recruiting a Director of Operations.

About Global Witness

For over 25 years, Global Witness has fought to end environmental and human rights abuses driven by political and corporate elites.  Through bold and hard-hitting investigations, campaigning, and advocacy, we have catalysed change across the world to challenge the systems that enable these harms.

Our work is needed now more than ever.

We are facing a crisis: the climate is being destroyed and civic freedoms are deteriorating.  Rampant abuse of power is pushing the world to breaking point as Governments and Big Corporations all too often go unchecked in their exploitation of our planet and its people.

For us to succeed, we need to embody the principles we fight for, strive for greater cohesion, solidarity, and inclusion internally and across civil society and stay ahead of the curve by learning from allies and other social and political movements that share our mission.

Only together can we protect one another and the planet to build a better, more just future.

About the role

Reporting to the CEO, this is an opportunity to bring your experience of achieving operational excellence and a track record of leading projects to create lasting positive change across our organisation.  Our new Director of Operations will lead experienced and dedicated teams across Finance, IT and Facilities.  You will also be an active and effective member of the leadership team making sure that we work together to set organisation direction, ensure financial sustainability, create a great place to work and ensure that those who we work with externally experience the best of us. 

About you

We are looking for a highly collaborative individual, with a ‘can do’ attitude.  You will be adept at identifying, planning for and delivering opportunities that maximise our effectiveness, support our passionate people and our board.

With a firm grasp of issues of financial strategy and sustainability, risk, data security and health and safety you are an engaging and inclusive leader with experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams. 

Working for us

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive place to work. We value new perspectives, original ideas and different ways of working. We believe that diverse views and experiences improve the way we do our work. We do our best to make our jobs accessible to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation or identity.

We offer an excellent benefits package including a competitive salary and 25 days holiday (exc. Bank holidays), pension, private medical insurance and flexible working arrangements.


We hope you will consider making an application.  If you have questions about the appointment or would find it helpful to have an informal conversation please contact

[email protected] or [email protected] our recruitment partners and they will be happy to arrange a call.

To make an application, please go to and click on the apply now button with the following prepared:

·       Your CV (no more than three sides)

·       A supporting statement (no more than two pages) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the skills, knowledge and behaviour criteria.


Closing date:     26 March 2021                                                           

Preliminary interviews with Starfish:                   w/c 5 April and 12 April 2021

Agreement of the final shortlist:                            w/c 19 April 2021           

Interviews with Global Witness:                            Expected late April 2021                      


If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make any reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend any interview please let us know.

This is clearly an extraordinary time but we are committed to making this as easy as possible for candidates.  Interviews will take place virtually and someone from the Global Witness interview panel will contact shortlisted candidates prior to the interview to introduce themselves.