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We are recruiting: Operations Officer

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The Elders are looking for an Operations Officer. This is an exciting position assisting with practical and logistical support to the Elders, Advisory Council, team members and others for Elders’ meetings, travel and events.

Role Overview

Working closely with the Deputy Director (Operations) [DDO] and line managed by the Operations Manager [OM], the Operations Officer contributes to the work of the Operations team, sitting within the larger Corporate Services team. This role involves supporting the planning, and organisation of all operational and logistical elements of Elders’ meetings, trips and events, as well as supporting the secretariat’s information technology infrastructure, system security and technical capacity, and the facilitation of knowledge management.

Reporting to: Operations Manager

Person Specification


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office 365, as well as experience managing IT and telecoms systems and procurement.
  • Experience of working in an international, multi-cultural environment, and of harsh and dangerous environments; Experience of protocol/diplomatic skills preferable.
  • Comprehensive experience in international travel, experience working with high level partners at both a private and government level, and of providing logistical support for high profile events and/or individuals.

Person Qualities

  • Flexible, happy to work in a dynamic environment where priorities and plans may change unexpectedly, and able to remain calm under pressure.
  • High level of organisational and administrative skills, attention to detail, ability to problem solve and adapt quickly.
  • Initiative, confidence and willingness to accept responsibility.


  • A strong personal commitment to the mission and values of The Elders.
  • A flexible style and willingness to work in a small, collaborative team.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with sensitivity and respect. 
  • This role may require frequent international travel, sometimes at short notice and, in exceptional circumstances, for up to two weeks. Additionally, you may be required to attend staff or Elders events in the UK from time to time.

Working at The Elders

We operate a hybrid working policy, with a high degree of flexibility for staff. We ask staff to attend the office based on need, not a quota of days. We believe there are certain activities that are best conducted in person and also hold monthly “in days” when the whole team comes together. Additionally, some roles involve international travel, the timing of which is usually decided by Elders’ commitments. Aside from these obligations, staff are free to choose the balance between working remotely and working in the office that suits them best. We are based close to Green Park station in London, in a newly refurbished office.

Salary will be in the £29,600 -32,000 per annum range, depending on experience.

In addition to a competitive salary we offer the following benefits:

  • Private pension scheme with 10% employer contributions
  • Optional private medical and dental insurance
  • Group life assurance equivalent to 5 x annual salary
  • 28 days of paid annual leave (with 3 of these days on stipulated dates between the Christmas/New Year holidays) plus all UK bank holidays and public holidays
  • Enhanced parental leave

The Application Process

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) setting out why you want the role and are suitable for it to [email protected]. Applications close at 23.59 on Monday 1st July 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview w/b 8th July.

The Elders is committed to creating an inclusive working environment that values diversity and equal opportunities.  We welcome and encourage applicants of any ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Given the Elders’ global outlook, we particularly welcome applicants originally from countries in the Global South. As we are not able to sponsor visas, all applicants must have the right to work in the country where the role they are applying for is based. We will assess purely on your abilities and fit for a role.  We are happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a fair recruitment process and to enable you to be successful in your role if selected.


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