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  • Job ID: 1001597

  • Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 plus benefits

  • Hours per Week: 37.5

  • Closing date: 30-01-2022

Head of Learning & Impact – Co-op Foundation
£50,000 - £60,000 plus benefits (Work Level 5)  
Home based – with some travel to Manchester and other locations
We’re now working in a hybrid way, with colleagues dividing their time between home/remote working and the office. You can find out more about our hybrid working policy at

This is a remote first role. There may be a need for you to come into the Manchester office or other locations eight to twelve times per year, to connect with the team. Those living close to Manchester will also have the option to work in the office if desired.

We’re looking for a head of learning & impact to join us at the Co-op Foundation and lead and shape our strategy, helping us to deliver on our ambition to be world-class. The Foundation is the Co-op’s charity, and we help people challenge inequality and co-operate for change, so they can share a fairer future. We're a small team that makes a big impact, and we want to be the best at understanding the impact of what we do, learning about the interventions that work – and those that don’t - and using them for the benefit of everyone.

In this role, you’ll be instrumental in the designing of a best-in-class approach to understanding our impact and gathering findings, providing insight into the organisations that lead globally in these fields, and how they do their work. You’ll build the small learning & impact team, working collaboratively with our funded partners, and designing innovative evaluations. If you’ve got the experience that we need, we can offer you the chance to grow your career with an organisation that puts people right at the heart of its strategy.

What you’ll do

•    design evaluations for partnerships, programmes, and funding
•    lead on research development and delivery, and build and lead research projects
•    lead on piloting randomised control trials to bring scientific rigour to understanding our impact 
•    participate in programme and product design, based on evaluation and impact findings
•    work with our head of communications on policy development, including decisions on policy positions, public statements, and campaigns
•    with our head of communications, deliver our annual impact report, and share research findings at relevant conferences and events
•    be responsible for the learning, impact and evaluation budget and provide timely reporting and analysis
•    seek opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and participate in relevant cross-organisation projects
•    make sure our activity is compliant with all relevant legislation, including GDPR, and charity guidelines and best practice

This role would suit people who have

•    high-level experience leading in a monitoring, evaluation and learning role and a solid understanding of impact practice
•    experience of designing, managing and analysing evaluation frameworks, systems and methodologies
•    experience of gathering and interpreting data, with excellent analytical and presentation skills, and the ability to build compelling reports
•    experience of using evaluation findings and analysis to inform operations, strategy, and policy
•    the ability to develop effective and collaborative relationships with senior colleagues, board members, and external partners
•    experience of managing databases and working with large volumes of data
•    good understanding of data management and GDPR

Why Co-op? 

Here you’ll do work that matters. We’re a commercial organisation with a purpose beyond profit, you’ll have an opportunity to help us build a stronger Co-op and stronger communities. You’ll also get a package that includes:

•    competitive salary
•    individual private healthcare
•    coaching, training and support to help you develop
•    pension with up to 10% employer contributions
•    annual incentive scheme 
•    28 days holiday (rising to 32 in line with service)
•    discounts on Co-op products and services

Building an inclusive work environment 

We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We aim to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they serve. As part of this commitment, we’re open to flexible and part time working arrangements and a job share. 

We can make reasonable adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment, so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at

As part of your application you’ll need to complete an online assessment. It will take you around 12 minutes to complete this test.


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