Livingston James supports Kids Operating Room in appointment of Chief Operating Officer

*Please note this opportunity is now closed to further applications. Should you be interested in similar roles and wish to have an exploratory discussion, please contact Douglas Adam at [email protected].


Kids Operating Room saves children’s lives in the world’s poorest countries.


Founded by Garreth and Nicola Wood, Kids Operating Room’s turnover is currently in the region of £5m per annum, with approximately 25 employees split across Edinburgh (Head Office), Dundee and Nairobi. The majority of our work is currently focused in Africa and Latin America, with plans in place to expand to South East Asia in the near future. With 48 Operating Rooms already built, 10 more being shipped this year and an initial 120 planned for Africa alone, they have no plans to slow down.


The ambition is to double in size in the next three years, giving them capacity to build towards at least 500 Operating Rooms around the world within 10 years.


Kids Operating Room is now looking to appoint an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO), to be based at Head Office, who will work closely with Chief Executive, David Cunningham, to successfully manage the day-to-day operations and administration of the charity.


The role will manage the existing Directors and directly run the Finance and Administration team. The chosen individual must be able to demonstrate collaborative leadership and seek to implement a collaborative workplace within the charity.


The incumbent will be required to design and implement effective systems and structures for the smooth operation of the charity’s business. The COO will implement all appropriate policies and procedures to ensure the safe and successful delivery of our work and improve reporting mechanisms to allow the CEO, Chair and Board to have access to the most accurate and up-to-date data.


Ensuring they build an inclusive, diverse and positive culture, ensuring staff and volunteers are valued with a clear understanding their roles, and ensuring their promises to partners and hospitals across the world can be delivered upon are key priorities for the new Chief Operating Officer.


For more information, please view the full position profile below and Douglas Adam would be happy to hold any initial, confidential discussions to answer questions and provide more detail. 


Kids Operating Room is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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