Chief Operating Officer

Surfers Against Sewage

St Agnes, Cornwall
£60,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.sas.org.uk/job-opportunities hugo@sas.org.uk 07384817661 Hugo Tagholm

Reference: SAS COO

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


We are seeking to appoint an exceptional and experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will be an energetic and inspiring individual in this new role. Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is one of the UK's leading marine conservation and campaigning charities. Our mission is simple: to create ocean activists everywhere. Our projects and campaigns inspire, unite and empower individuals and communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.

Thriving ocean, thriving people.

This is our vision of the future. This simple phrase captures everything that matters to us, not just in SAS, but humankind. It’s a mantra, a motto, a rallying cry to drive us on, with a huge collective goal to help tilt our delicate planet back on its axis. This sounds huge, but when you love what you do, and work as one, that future draws ever nearer.

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional and experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will be an energetic and inspiring individual in this new role. The COO will be responsible for shaping, implementing and strengthening the charity’s policies, processes, management and infrastructure to support its continued growth and impact as one of the UK's most effective marine conservation charities. The role will also implement strategic goals set out by the board and CEO, and help shape these where required.

The primary responsibility of the Chief Operational Officer will be to manage the Cornwall-based staff and ensure that the systems, HR policies, processes and support are in place to deliver, maintain and build sustainable organisational growth.

The role will oversee the development and refurbishment of SAS headquarters overlooking the sea in the picturesque village of St Agnes near Cornwall's capital Truro. This will deliver an inspirational, creative and dynamic workspace to reflect the character, impact and optimism of the charity.

Essential qualities and experience:

  • Proven experience as COO or in other managerial position within an organisation of similar scale and complexity.
  • In-depth knowledge of charity governance and HR requirements.
  • Ability to operate at a senior strategic level whilst being able to muck in as part of a small but growing team.
  • Ability to communicate fluently to different stakeholders, influencing and informing as required, whilst motivating teamwork, collaboration and productive working relationships.
  • Exemplary time management; meeting deadlines; adapting to changes in priority and working flexibly.

Surfers Against Sewage values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

To apply please submit your CV and covering letter to hugo@sas.org.uk 

Closing date for applications: 21st October - Midnight

First interview date: 6th & 7th November 


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