Head of Organizational Effectiveness (m/f/d)

Deputy Director
Bonn, Germany
Deadline for application

December 23, 2021

The Mission

Forests sustain life on earth and must be protected. That's why the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) – a non-profit membership organization that covers over 200 million hectares of certified forests – exists to provide a sustainable forest management solution that is trusted by NGOs, consumers, and businesses alike to protect healthy and resilient forests, for all, forever. 

As the most recognized, trusted, and rigorous forest certification system, FSC’s "check tree" label – found on millions of products worldwide – verifies sustainable sourcing from forest to consumer. FSC’s responsible forestry standard, linked to a strict chain of custody certification, is a proven solution to tackle today’s climate and biodiversity challenges. This means choosing FSC helps protect the future of forests and the communities who depend on them. 

 Join our mission to protect the world’s forests. 

We are looking for an engaged Head of Organizational Effectiveness who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.

The Scope

As a member of our global leadership team, you will lead a newly formed unit that is tasked with creating tools, systems and processes that take our organizational effectiveness and efficiency to a new level as we continue to grow while implementing our ambitious Global Strategy.  

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and enhance our annual and mid-term operational planning processes and oversee their execution.

  • Create a high-level business process overview and subsequently a set of more detailed process descriptions where needed to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency; evaluate the costs and benefits of process certification and or quality management systems.

  • Support and strengthen a project and program management system and culture that creates results orientation while balancing agility, reliability, standardization, accountability, collaborative effectiveness, and people development.

  • Lead, structure and oversee the procurement policies and activities of the organization; develop approaches to enhance our organizational capabilities around sourcing and partnering. 

  • Lead, facilitate and/or support cross functional global initiatives in a variety of fields such as internal service level agreements, digitization, records & document management, ethics & compliance, specific management accounting projects, business case analysis, risk management.

  • Provide support to critical high-profile projects by advising on and facilitating the development of structures, plans, mandates, monitoring mechanisms, etc.   

  • Develop general and function-specific approaches to track and measure our organizational performance.

  • Support the Chief Operating Officer on special assignments.

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • University degree in business administration, international management, engineering, economics, business law or another relevant field, MBA or similar are a plus.

  • More than 5 years of work experience, thereof at least 3 years in a high profile internal or external management consulting environment.

  • Experience in people supervision as either team lead or in the context of large projects.

  • Outstanding analytical, conceptual, and communicative skills paired with an ability develop these skills in others. 

  • Effective cross-collaborator who liaises across the organization to ensure consistent messaging and consolidated technical analysis of relevant matters. 

  • Readiness to take contested positions, aptitude to hold difficult conversations, and strong ability to deal with conflict.  

  • Eye for both technical detail as well as strategic aspects with a results-oriented approach.

  • Technical expertise and experience in at least two of the following areas: project management, process management, procurement, strategic planning, corporate development, management accounting. 

  • Excellent written and verbal English communications skills to support clear and concise communication and consistency in messaging and approach, fluency in German, Spanish or French is a plus. 

  • High level of motivation to work with efficiency, flexibility and diplomacy under tight deadlines and pressure, both autonomously and as leader of a small team. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.  

  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week (part time of 60% or more could be considered).

  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract - 2 years (extension possible). 

  • Starting Date: 01 April 2022 (negotiable).

  • Travel: Sporadic travel is required. 

How to Apply

Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English. 

Please do not send any photos of yourself. 

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022.  

We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process. Should you not receive a confirmation of receipt please check your spam filter and if you cannot find it there contact us at recruitment@fsc.org 

Please be informed, that by applying for this position you automatically accept our Data Protection Information on processing your personal data. 

We are looking forward to your application! 

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