Are you our next Foundation Director?

We’re looking for a fabulous person to lead the innocent foundation. The right person will share our passion to win the fight against global hunger, and will thrive in a flexible, fast-moving environment.

innocent drinks has always donated 10% of profits to charity, and the majority of it comes to us at the innocent foundation. As a corporate foundation, we’re in the brilliant position of working for an independent charity, but we share an office with innocent drinks (Fruit Towers in west London). We spend some of our time inspiring innocent’s employees and consumers across Europe about the work we do with the funds they donate. We’re a grant-making charity which funds outstanding organisations to deliver projects tackling hunger around the world.

Our purpose is to help the world’s hungry. To do this, we fund work under two related goals:

Goal 1: stop children dying of hunger.

We fund projects which diagnose and treat children whose lives are in immediate danger because of severe hunger. The most serious form of hunger is called acute malnutrition and it causes millions of preventable child deaths each year. More than 70% of children treated are cured, but only 1 in 5 children affected can access the treatment they need. That’s why since 2014 we’ve invested in research to test better ways to identify and treat vulnerable children. These research studies have the potential to change national and global policy and practice as part of collective efforts to eradicate acute malnutrition and stop millions of children dying.

Goal 2 – help the poorest families feed themselves.

We fund sustainable agriculture projects which make sure families have enough food to feed themselves, with plenty left over to earn an income. We’ve done this since the earliest days of the foundation and have funded 70 food security projects around the world. In that time, we’ve seen climate change making bad situations worse. We know the answers are out there and we’re working as hard as we can to find them. We invest in entrepreneurial teams that have scalable ideas to help families become more food secure and increase their resilience.

Over the last 16 years, we’ve given nearly £9m to help more than one million hungry people and have learnt a lot about how to make the biggest possible impact with our donations. As a foundation we’re looking to accelerate our response to a growing need – last year alone we granted over £1.6m across a portfolio of 18 projects. Our projected annual budget for the next three years is £1.5m.

What does the role entail?

You will work with our board of trustees to achieve the greatest possible impact with our funds, including:

  • Develop, recommend and implement annual plans and create our next five-year strategy starting in 2022
  • Research and recommend partners and projects relevant to our funding priorities
  • Build strong relationships with existing and new grant partners to support delivery of our project portfolio
  • Manage the innocent foundation team (Grant Portfolio Manager and Senior Development Manager)
  • Help the trustee board make great decisions at quarterly meetings
  • Raise our profile by sharing our strategy and impact with our donor and external stakeholders
  • Ensure effective and responsible management of funds and negotiate future funding with our donor
  • Comply with charity regulations and annual reporting requirements
  • Willing to travel overseas up to 3 weeks per year to visit projects and represent the foundation at events

What are we looking for in a candidate?

You will definitely have:

  • Proven influencing skills to make confident recommendations to our trustee board.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking skills to develop our strategy, assess our performance and identify improvements which make our work even more relevant and impactful.
  • Experience managing complex partnerships to establish new grants and guide existing grants to a successful conclusion.
  • Be a credible, authentic and inspiring ambassador for the foundation, confident presenting to large, senior audiences and producing engaging written material to enthuse our donor and peer organisations.
  • Be a resilient and well organised self-starter – you’ll need to be able to balance a range of responsibilities as you lead the organisation and implement the foundation’s work.

You might also have:

  • Worked in or with a business and be comfortable working cross-functionally in a corporate environment.
  • Experience working in international development, ideally in food security or childhood nutrition.
  • Knowledge of charity governance requirements to comply with all relevant legislation.

What you can expect:

This is a role where you can make a real difference to hungry people around the world with one of the best-known corporate foundations in the UK.

Salary £70-£75K (depending on experience) + benefits including pension and private healthcare.

Dolly Parton may have worked Nine to Five, but you don’t have to. We’re open to a chat about flexible working and will consider candidates that can work full or part-time (4 days a week, reduced hours or some form of term time flexibility). There is also some flexibility to work remotely, but to be successful in this role, you need to be willing to travel overseas up to 3 weeks per year to visit projects and represent the foundation at relevant events.

We’re all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be natural, and be the best versions of themselves.

How to apply:

Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Applications close on Friday 3rd September with interviews scheduled for w/c 6th September, so get your skates on.

Apply here:

No agencies please.

Posted by Kate Franks on August 21, 2021