Chief Programmes Officer

IKEA Foundation Leiden, Netherlands

About IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation is a strategic philanthropy that focuses its grant making efforts on tackling the two biggest threats to children’s futures: poverty and climate change. It currently grants more than €200 million per year to help improve family incomes and protect the planet from climate change. Since 2009, the IKEA Foundation has granted more than €1.6 billion to create a better future for children and their families. 

We are looking for a Chief Programmes Officer to strengthen our team.

Learn more by visiting www.ikeafoundation.org or by following us on Twitter or LinkedIn.


About the Chief Programmes Officer

The Chief Programme Officer (CPO) position is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the IKEA Foundation’s programmes strategy. The CPO serves as a member of the Leadership Team and participates actively in developing the overall strategic direction. The CPO is for developing long term programme strategy, and for the performance of the programmes department in the delivery of the strategy.  The CPO ensures appropriate allocation of resource between portfolios based on impact ambition and performance in the different areas. 

As CPO you will be part of an enthusiastic team of people that is committed to make a difference. You will report to the CEO.


Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Leadership

  • Lead the development and implementation the IKEA Foundation’s global strategy. Guide and support Programme Directors on the development and implementation of programme strategies, budgets and work plans. L
  • Work closely with the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Impact Officer to ensure they have the appropriate data and evidence to make solid strategic choices, allocate resources appropriately.
  • Work closely with Chief Communications Officer to ensure impact and learning is shared with key stakeholders. 
  • Champion cross-collaboration between departments to achieve greater impact. Ensure continuous improvement in the quality of grant making is delivered by the programmes team, including objective measurement of results and the integration of learning and best practices.

People and Organisational Leadership

  • Manage Programme Directors including work performance, evaluation, and professional development.
  • Ensure adequate people and funding resources are available for the delivery of organisational goals and for the development of highly qualified and engaged professionals across the team. 
  • Contribute to the IKEA Foundation’s strategy as a member of the leadership team, including the development of the IKEA Foundation’s goals and strategies, along with the development of corresponding budgets.
  • Develop and maintain an extensive network of external stakeholders who will assist the Foundation to deliver its goals and maximise its impact. Lead the development of strategic partnerships. 
  • Present programme management strategies, reports and grant applications to the Board and other approval committees, with the support of additional programme team where appropriate.
  • Ensure effective working between the Programmes team and the other departments, including MLE, Project Control, Communications and Legal.
  • Represent the IKEA Foundation at conferences and other relevant meetings, events and media.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

You have
  • An advanced degree (Masters or PhD) or similar in a relevant discipline
  • Skills and experience in strategy development   
  • Exceptional people management skills. Ability to lead, motivate, and direct the people in the teams. Ability to collaborate effectively with people at all levels of the organisation 
  • Significant international/cross-cultural work experience
  • Excellent communication skills and strong public speaking skills. Ability to communicate in a confident, simple, straightforward and inclusive manner 
  • Genuine appreciation of applying measurement and learning to build and share learning 
  • Knowledge and understanding of grant-making 
  • The ability to work with available information to identify patterns and trends and draw meaningful conclusions to make decisions and recommendations

You are
  • Motivated by living and sharing the values of the IKEA Foundation
  • Purpose driven with a deep commitment to improving lives of people and the planet
  • A strong influencer who can achieve results through others 
  • Able to overcome obstacles to cooperation and to foster harmonious relations
  • Able to work effectively and constructively with a range of internal and external partners; work as a collaborative member of our different teams
  • Flexible and pragmatic, open to the ideas of others and willing to adapt to achieve results
  • Able to have difficult conversations in a constructive manner 
  • Fluent in English, oral and written
  • Able to travel internationally up to 30%

Role Location: Leiden, Netherlands

Terms of Appointment              

The IKEA Foundation offers a dynamic working environment amongst co workers from different nationalities. Amongst these nationalities, we share a single culture and set of values. You will be able to contribute to constantly improving the grant-making experience at the IKEA Foundation. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to work with innovative solutions and you will be challenged to come up with ideas for improvements in all areas. The better we can support our co-workers and partners, the more time and energy they can spend on the causes that we support!

Some key details of the package:

  • A public transport (NS) subscription (2nd class) pass between address and work place in Leiden
  • Working from home policy: the majority of the working hours at the office in Leiden
  • Pension: 
    • up to the maximum pension salary as determined by Dutch law
    • The IKEA Foundation will pay a gross allowance of 22% for the amount between the Dutch pensionable salary and the final given salary
  • 30 holidays per year based on fulltime employment
  • Relocation costs for individual and family

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send the most recent English version of your CV to [email protected] on or before 21 July 2022. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. 

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by IKEA Foundation to undertake this assignment.