Water Witness
Water Witness

Charity registered in Scotland SC041072

Water is our planet’s life-giving force. But the water needed to keep us healthy, to produce our food and energy, to support commerce and maintain ecosystems is too often threatened by poor management and short term decision-making which prioritises profits over people and the environment.

Water Witness International is a charity which works to improve the way that rivers, streams, lakes and aquifers in developing countries are managed.  We carry out targeted research and advocacy to deepen understanding, share knowledge and ensure accountability to advance a fair, secure and sustainable water future for all.


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Top job! Business Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,565 – £40,515
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd August 2020

Water Witness is a dynamic and growing Edinburgh-based charity which leads action, research and advocacy around the world for a fairer water future. We stand with those at the frontline of the global water crisis to shine a light on its impacts, understand its root causes and activate lasting solutions. To support the delivery of our ambitious 2030 Strategy we are recruiting an experienced and driven professional for the role of Business Manager.

Professional qualifications plus seven years’ relevant experience.

We are seeking a high-calibre professional with the experience and skills needed to successfully co-ordinate, deliver and lead Water Witness’s financial, administrative, and human resource management to ensure the sustainability of the charity and the achievement of our aims.

As Business Manager, you will be responsible for efficient day-to-day financial and administrative operations across a busy office of 7-10 staff with directly funded partnership operations in four countries. You will ensure that we have appropriate systems and resources in place, that they are used effectively, and will provide timely support and analysis to our team, our partners, and the Board of Trustees. You will play a key role in decision making and the delivery of Water Witness’s work, deploying your skills and experience in financial management, accounting, administration, and communications, to improve our organisational effectiveness and impact. A high level of accuracy and attention to detail will be needed to undertake reviews of business processes, budget and contract negotiations, preparation of donor reports, as well as for internal and external audits. An ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the UK team and country partners, and to ensure joint ownership and high-quality delivery of complex programmes will be essential.

The Business Manager will be based in our Edinburgh headquarters. You may occasionally be required to travel to support our programme work overseas. In the current COVID-19 outbreak, and to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone who works for Water Witness and their families, you may have to work remotely from home initially until we are able to return to working in our office.

We are looking for a Business Manager with very ‘safe hands’ who can support Water Witness by ensuring that our operations run smoothly, and offering constructive challenge, quality assurance and innovative solutions which add value to our work. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to support positive change in the world through building collaborative relationships, by using your experience and skills, and developing your talent, then we urge you to apply.

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