Senior Grant Operations Manager


About Laudes Foundation

We are a new, independent foundation joining the movement that is responding to the dual crises of climate change and inequality by supportive brave, innovative efforts that inspire and challenge industry to harness its power for good. 

Laudes Foundation provides our partners with philanthropic capital, expertise and connections. We work collectively with and through specific industries to help catalyse systems change. At the same time, we influence those working in the global financial system to redirect the flow of capital to ensure investment encourages good business practices. 
We work with businesses, shareholders, investors, workers and producers to create a new definition of value beyond shareholder value alone. This means rallying thought leaders and academics to make that definition credible; supporting civil society to make it plausible; mobilising media and movement-builders to make it desirable; influencing policymakers to make it effective; engaging financiers to make it feasible; and empowering citizens to make it beneficial. 
We champion transparency, equity and diversity, innovation, and collaboration, and we both learn from our peers and partners and share our insights and knowledge widely. 

What you'll do

In your role, you will oversee the efficient and effective grant management lifecycle (from pipeline to exit) and the foundation’s global grant operations activities, while liaising with the soon-to-be established services business unit, to ensure the smooth and effective operations for the foundation and that the foundation works in a professional and globally aligned manner. 

Key responsibilities

Grant Management. Refine and oversee the execution of a high-quality grant lifecycle (from pipeline to exit) and develop and manage the tools and platforms to enable effective, efficient and controlled grant management. In conjunction with Programmatic, EP, Communications and other Philanthropy Services teams, update and continuously improve the grant management process, and lead the communications and training of global staff as relevant.

Operations. Oversee and refine in consultation with all service users, the foundation’s operational support, logistics and administration to deliver the foundation’s objectives. Working with other teams in Philanthropy Services - and in future teams within the services business unit - (particularly the policy house team in legal/governance, operational excellence, and finance) ensure operations have the right procedures, processes and controls in place to support the foundation’s impact and efficiency objectives.
Team effectiveness. Develop grant operating procedures with relevant service levels and performance targets to make teams more efficient and effective, while ensuring a controlled environment. Introduce change and improvements following the organisation’s agreed methodologies, working in conjunction with other departments and Global Solutions. 
Learning. Work closely with Effective Philanthropy and other Philanthropy Services teams to identify learnings across the foundation and apply them to the grant life cycle and operational support to drive improvements to make the foundation more effective in achieving its objectives. 
Collaboration. Engage with peers in the industry and participate as a member (and where relevant, leader) of learning groups to understand external best practice in the field of grant management and apply this to the foundation’s operations. Be the linking pin between Laudes Foundation and the soon-to-be established services business unit.
Project Management. Support the development of new and changing technology, processes and controls within the foundation with an emphasis on user representation (Global Operations and end users) in requirements definition, detailed design and testing/implementation.
Budget Management. Manage the Global Operations budget, which constitutes part of the Philanthropy Services budget, being accountable to the COO.
People Management.
Support, manage and develop the Global Grant Operations team to deliver on their individual and team objectives and key performance indicators.

What you've done

To be successful in this role, you have extensive experience working on the operations side of a foundation or NGO and deep understanding of how a foundation operates efficiently and effectively.

Ideally, you meet the following requirements:
  • Experience delivering operational improvements in a social impact environment; 
  • Thorough understanding of the grant-making process, ideally with a large global foundation background; 
  • Experience of managing the administrative, logistic and support needs of a diverse and widely distributed organisation;
  • Management experience with a proven track record of inspiring and motivating dispersed teams and building a culture of high performance, collegiality and ambition;
  • Fluent in English and preferably at least one other language of the countries where the foundation is active.

What we offer

At Laudes Foundation we have one thing in common: we are passionate about our work.  We offer an international, high-energy, and collaborative environment that values diversity and inclusion where you can develop your passion into a meaningful career.  As a new philanthropic organisation we encourage risk-taking and transparency, so if you are a self-starter who wants to inspire and challenge industry together with your team, the opportunities for you at Laudes Foundation are (almost) endless.

Additional information

•    Geographic scope: Global
•    Reports to: TBD (Member of the Management team)
•    Direct reports: 5 (total staff: 15)
•    Travel expectations: Up to 30% travel (candidates should be able to travel freely without any restrictions)
•    An (online) assessment can be part of the recruitment process
•    Reference checks are part of the final hiring procedure

Interested? To apply please upload your cv and cover letter via before September 19, 2021.

Laudes Foundation is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse team.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, LGBTQI candidates, ethnic, racial and religious minorities, and other underrepresented groups.

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