Head of Business Conservation Advice


Flexible in UK / Home-based
£43,095 - £46,264 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 31st May 2024   2 days left

This is a unique opportunity to lead a highly skilled and committed team of 17 advisers and specialists who together are working in partnership with businesses to deliver real nature positive improvements across the economy. You will lead the development of existing partnerships and programmes, and drive through new ones delivering ambition and impact at scale.

What's the role about? 

You will be responsible for the team that enables delivery of the RSPB's strategy and the key aims of conservation impact, nature positive business change and additional income to the society. In particular you will:

  • Lead a team of business conservation advisors, who are based across the UK
  • Develop the skills and capabilities of the team towards high performance and positive culture
  • Be responsible for the quality of RSPB inputs into business conservation partnerships and aligning with RSPB outcomes
  • Work across RSPB teams to bring to fruition new and expanded partnerships that are fitted to RSPB’s strategy
  • Be responsible for effective stakeholder management that facilitates collaborative external and internal relationships
  • Lead the communications, impact reporting and promotion of the team’s work, to raise its profile with key audiences
  • Direct the team’s activities and translate RSPB corporate strategy outcomes into work plans, meeting ambition and managing risks
  • Work with colleagues in Policy and Advocacy to enhance the evidence base and business case for a nature positive economy
  • Oversee the budget so that financial targets for income and expenditure are met
  • Report to and liaise with relevant RSPB governance boards as required, overseeing timely reporting

Key skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • Good understanding of nature conservation and how businesses are engaging on issues of sustainability
  • Strong track record of engaging with business partners, maintaining and developing long term relationships
  • Experience of leading and developing teams and uniting them to deliver impact
  • A strong customer focus and experience of contract management
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing business plans
  • Strong budget management skills
  • Proven experience in meeting ambitious targets and delivering impact at scale
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to present, influence and represent the organisation to key audiences
  • Extensive stakeholder management experience within a large organisation and externally across sectors

Additional Information

This is a Permanent Full-Time role. 

For further information please contact: [email protected]

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form where you will have the opportunity to explain how you meet the criteria set above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes.

We reserve the right to close this advert at any time.

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