Operations Manager, Philippines (Full-Time / Permanent)

About Us

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a leading international conservation, science and education charity. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries around the world and through education and engagement at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile

ZSL is seeking an Operations Manager in the Philippines who will report to the Head of Marine and Freshwater. The role will primarily focus on the accounting aspects of the position whilst supervising efficient general operational functions. As such the post holder will be expected to provide strategic leadership to the finance and operations team in the Philippines Office (across two sites) ensuring high quality financial service are delivered. This will involve managing a team of 8 people and working closely with project staff, ZSL HQ Conservation Programmes, key members of the Marine and Freshwater team and other Programme and Country Managers. This is a newly created position that will respond to ZSL’s growing portfolio of projects and staff in the Philippines.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop the existing operations team to achieve operational objectives whilst inspiring the individuals to reach their full potential.
  • Oversee the accounting function of the country office ensuring financial management policies and best practice are adhered to in line with the ZSL UK finance department.
  • Manage the base and field offices ensuring the registration process and appropriate insurances are up to date and legally complaint.
  • Lead the finance team to be effective business partners to project managers and other budget holders
  • Oversee the HR and health and safety function ensuring effective recruitment, induction and training is delivered and appropriate HR and health and safety policies in place in collaboration with the ZSL UK HR and Health and safety departments.
  • Supervise sub-contractors for project partners and draw up/publicise calls for tender as required and in line with procurement guidelines.
  • Design and support the development of useful reporting tools and templates for budgeting & forecasting
  • With the country manager and project managers prepare, agree and manage the annual country budget.

Person Specification

  • Hold an internationally recognised Accountancy qualification (e.g. CPA or equivalent qualification or equivalent level of working experience) with a proven track record of leading and developing high performing teams in a complex organisation.
  • Current or previous staff management experience with the ability to critically assess and propose alternative course of action.
  • Experience with Management Accounting Systems (e.g. QuickBooks) and using PC and Microsoft Office packages.
  • Proven experience leading a finance team (of ~8 people) within a medium sized company or NGO.
  • Previous experience in handling budget preparation, financial management and financial reporting.
  • Strong project management and excellent interpersonal skills will be essential as you will be instrumental in the ongoing development of the finance function and will possess demonstrable experience of high quality delivery in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Independently driven and show initiative; with strong administrative skills.
  • Previous experience in a charity / NGO setting is desirable.
  • Excellent written and spoken Ilonggo / Cebuano and English.

Please note: The position will be based in ZSL-Philippines Head office in Iloilo, Panay with regular visits to our satellite office in Cebu and less frequently to our project offices in Aparri, Cagayan (Northern Luzon) and Guiuan, Samar.

How to Apply

To Apply

Applicants will need to send their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) to hr@zsl.org.


If you have any queries regarding this position please contact Human Resources via the e-mail address above.

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 26th November 2017.


Anticipated interview dates 

1st Stage interviews: Thursday 30th November

2nd Stage interviews: W/c. 4th December

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!

Key Information


PhP 60,000 - PhP 80,000






Full Time


Mid Level, Senior


Administration, Human Resources, Policy & Legislation


London, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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