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Chief Operating Officer

Harris Hill
Birmingham, West Midlands
£80,000 to £90,000 p.a.
Closing date
18 Dec 2020

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Senior Management
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This Catholic organisation’s mission is to serve the people living within the Archdiocese, supporting parish priests and the people in our parish and school communities, to worship and live according to Gospel values and to evangelise within their local communities through the witness of their lives.

It extends from Stoke in the North to the Thames in the South, including seven cities and five counties; an area with over five million people. It serves a Catholic population of c.450,000 through a network of 217 parishes and some 240 schools.

The needs of our communities are changing. While some congregations are shrinking, others are seeing significant growth. Ensuring the Archdiocese manages its resources to enable it to deliver its Mission is vital, and this is the responsibility of our Chief Operating Officer ( COO ).

Key details: 

Job title: Chief Operating Officer at Catholic organisation responsible for the expansive area of England under the ministry of the Archbishop of Birmingham
Location: Birmingham 
Contract tenure: Permanent, Full-time 
Salary: £80,000 to £90,000 p.a.

Working closely with the Archbishop, Area Bishops and the Vicar General, the COO is responsible for the lay workforce, and the financial and property resources involved in providing administrative services in fulfilment of the Mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese, primarily through the provision of support to parishes. In the lay matters, the COO will be the voice of the Archbishop. Their role includes ensuring compliance with all legal requirements including Charity Law on behalf of the Trustees of the Archdiocese.

The COO will play a lead role in developing and implementing the Diocesan Plan, modelling principle of Co-Responsibility in the Archdiocese s leadership between the clergy and laity.

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate have:

  • Experience of strategy development at board level.
  • Experience in compliance, governance, and internal controls.
  • Experience of leading multi-discipline senior team.
  • Significant experience of leading a finance function.
  • Proven motivational skills.
  • Ability to reach sound judgements through strategic, analytical thinking.
  • Experience of delivering organisational change.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role with details on how to apply, please send an expression of interest in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at

For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with your number and suitable times to speak. You can also call her on 0207 820 7321 but please be aware the line can be busy so a pre-arranged call is the best way to ensure availability.

Please note: responding to this advertisement will not in itself be considered an application. We will need a CV and a supporting statement addressing the full person specification in the information pack.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 18th December.


Harris Hill has been providing the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector with high quality recruitment solutions for over 27 years. In the past year we have worked on more than 3,000 charity vacancies (approximately 2,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary) and are continuing to grow, developing new teams to respond to the strong demand for specialist charity professionals.

Our teams focus on specific functions within charities including Fundraising, Marketing/PR/Digital, Data Management & Business Support, Finance, Human Resources, Temporary and Executive-level roles.

We are committed to delivering a level of excellence to both candidates and clients alike and have an unrivalled reputation for finding talented people their ideal charity jobs within the UK's leading national and international charities and non-profit organisations.

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