Head of Planning & Organisational Learning

Job Type

Full Time Contract


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



50-52 Wharf Road
United Kingdom


Bonsucro is an organisation that believes in the power of sugarcane. In fact, we think it can play a valuable role in solving many of the 21st century’s problems. Our vision is a sugarcane sector with thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains. Our mission is to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins.

Bonsucro was founded in 2006 by WWF and other key stakeholders in the sugar sector, and has grown substantially, particularly in the last couple of years. The organisation currently has 23 staff based across the globe, with a headquarters in London, and over 480 members representing all areas of the supply chain - ranging from global corporations, large milling companies to small scale sugarcane farmers. We are now recruiting a maternity cover for the Head of Planning & Organisational Learning

Role Overview

The role is responsible for developing and executing Bonsucro’s annual planning, and then monitoring and driving performance against that plan, communicating it at all levels of the organisation, and reporting on progress and any risks. The role sits within the Organisational Effectiveness Team but will require the role-holder to work across all functional teams. The preferred candidate will need to be a real self-starter, with the capability to drive and catalyse delivery, effectively working with the senior management team and colleagues across the organisation. The role requires experience of planning and monitoring and evaluation as well as an essential understanding of budgeting.

Being a relatively small organisation with a global reach, and a challenging ambition, this is the right environment for someone who takes a flexible approach and who can adapt to arising issues while respecting local differences. The role is a maternity cover estimated to be for 9 months.


  1. Owning Bonsucro’s annual planning process
  2. Ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation of performance against plan, making adjustments as necessary, and informing risk-based decision making
  3. Reporting on performance at all levels of the organisation
  4. Leading effective organisational learning, driving continuous improvement in organisational processes and facilitating learning across the organisation

Key Responsibilities and Dimensions of Role

1.      Planning

·      Driving multi-year planning processes across the organisation

·      Supporting the Finance Manager with annual budgeting based on the plan

·      Acting as a catalyst for delivery against targets

·      Support internal project and grant management processes

2.      Learning, Sharing and Reporting

·      Managing reporting processes relating to organisational performance and driving risk based


·      Proactively sharing learning from Bonsucro activities both internally and externally to drive

iterative improvements in performance

·      Promoting a culture of learning both internally and externally.

3.      Performance

·      Supporting line managers and the team in the process of setting Individual objectives (according

to the plan) and regular reviews

·      Support improvements in HR policies and processes around learning and development, leading

to improved employee engagement and compliance

·      Providing support around operational and finance functions as needed

Person specification

Essential Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience and Skills

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
  • Substantial experience in organisational planning
  • Proven organisational and management skills (preferably in a small organisation)
  • Experience is budget planning, reporting and re-forecasting
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including consulting, engaging and including others in strategic processes
  • Genuine interest in developing skills in the not for profit / sustainable development sectors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas and concepts into simple communications
  • Proficient IT skills and familiarity with virtual communication tools
  • Ability to embrace and thrive in dynamic work environment. Additionally desirable
  • Relevant professional qualifications
  • Experience working within an international not-for-profit organisation
  • Good understanding of international Standards organisations and sustainability

Additional information

Line Manager: CEO

Direct Reports: None

Engagement (internal): Working across all staff, in particular the heads of teams

Engagement (external): Limited

Income responsibility: None

Budget responsibility: None

Impact responsibility: Medium

Reputation responsibility: Medium

Salary Grade: 4

The employee may be required to undertake such other tasks and responsibilities as may be directed, from time to time, by the Line Manager that are consistent with the nature of the role described above. This job description reflects the core activities of the role. As the role develops, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties, and possibly to the emphasis of the role itself. We expect that the role-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work. This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary. The Line Manager will consult the role-holder if significant changes to the job description become necessary. Any changes will be reflected in a revised job description.


25 days holidays

Pension contribution

Cash healthcare scheme

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to apply:                

To apply for this role, please submit your CV along with a letter explaining your motivation and how you fit the job profile. Applications and enquiries should be send to recruitment@bonsucro.com. Applications are considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline for submissions of 22 March. Early submission is recommended.