Save the Children

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Save the Children

Sep 6th, 2022
£ 75,000 - 85,000 / Year
What makes Save the Children exceptional? We’re passionately committed to one goal: Giving all children the best chance for the future they deserve – a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Every day and in times of crisis. Here in the U.S. and around the world. Whatever it takes. In fact, we’ve been the world’s leading charity for children for 100 years.

Don’t take our word for it… Charity watch groups give us top ratings for achieving incredible results for children – with proven efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. Independent of any government or religious affiliations.

But we can't do it without you!
Seesenerstr. 10-13
10709 Berlin

General Counsel and Company Secretary I Job Advert

The job of Save the Children’s UK General Counsel and Company Secretary is varied, challenging, and rewarding.

  • Are you an English qualified Lawyer with broad legal experience, confident working in international and national contexts?
  • Do you have experience leading high performing teams and working with senior leadership to deliver on strategic objectives within complex environments?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the CEO, the General Counsel’s role is essential to the delivery of Save the Children’s strategy as we face up to a series of shocks that could reverse decades of progress, linked to Covid, conflict and the climate crisis.

We are looking for a General Counselwho can harness their own and their team’s expertise and combine this with strategic vision and problem-solving skills, so we deliver on our high ambitions without comprising on legal and regulatory requirements.

Working closely with the Executive Leadership Team, you will have regular contact with our Board of Trustees to promote good governance and effective decision making, as well as leading our relationship with the Charity Commission.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will visibly lead our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities


  • To serve as an inspiring and effective leader of the charity, working closely with the Board, Executive Leadership Team and senior management to deliver on the charity’s strategic objectives, promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity through demonstrable leadership behaviours and practice.
  • As a member of the charity’s Corporate Senior Leadership Team, work with peers at Save the Children UK and across the movement to support effective delivery of the global strategy for today as well as future planning, including delivery of our commitments on ‘shifting power and resources’ towards children and the communities we support.
  • Lead, manage and motivate the Legal & Compliance, Safeguarding, Risk and Company Secretariat teams so they perform at their best individually and collectively, including ensuring all staff have clear objectives, receive regular and meaningful feedback and get personal development support.

Legal, Risk, Safeguarding and Company Secretariat Responsibilities

As General Counsel and Company Secretary, you will provide strategic and expert advice to the trustees, CEO, executive directors and senior managers on the legal risks to the charity and ensure they are aware of legal and safeguarding issues relevant to their areas of responsibility, including keeping abreast of new issues.

With responsibility for ensuring Save the Children staff receive appropriate advice on legal, compliance and safeguarding issues and effective risk management, you will:

  • Have senior accountability for policies and practice on risk management and appetite, ensuring compliance with statutory and other regulatory compliance, proportionality, alignment across SCUK and Save the Children Movement.
  • Work closely with the Director of Safeguarding to ensure that a robust Safeguarding strategy and action plan (including accountability framework) is in place across the organisation and functioning effectively.
  • Promote good governance of the charity and discharge the duties of Company Secretary, working with the Assistant Company Secretary to ensure compliance with company law, regulation and the Charity Governance Code and managing Board and (where appropriate) Board Committee reporting.

You’ll also:

  • Drive and support innovation within the charity, on new ways of working, of fundraising (including Islamic and Zakat giving) and innovative ways of financing our programmatic delivery (such as social impact bonds and results-based financing) and ensure effective legal arrangements for establishing and managing subsidiaries of the charity and other innovative arrangements.
  • Manage the overall relationship with other members of the global Save the Children Movement in relation to legal, safeguarding and risk issues, working with counterparts to ensure a framework of agreements and protocols which supports effective collective working to deliver the Movement’s mission.
  • Manage brand protection of the Save the Children name in the UK and other intellectual property issues.

Essential Technical Skills

  • English qualified lawyer with broad experience across a range of areas, including some or all of charity and fundraising laws, corporate governance, commercial contracts, intellectual property, IT and corporate law. Experience of working in international contexts highly desirable.
  • Senior experience in a challenging role, including managing a team and working with senior leaders. Experience in an in-house legal role (preferably in a charity context) would be most relevant, but the post could also suit someone moving from a proactive private practice environment.
  • Good understanding of the context in which Save the Children works. Experience and understanding of human rights law, child-rights based law and/or laws relating to sexual offences is desirable but not essential.

Personal Skills

  • High ethical standards and commitment to the aims and values of Save the Children.
  • Excellent problem-solving, critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Credibility and personal presence with the ability to influence at senior levels.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to present complex issues clearly at all levels.
  • Effective negotiator.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-moving environment.
  • Comfortable working across a global Movement in a rapidly changing global environment.


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment.
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity.

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Ways of Working:

Remote First – The majority of our roles can be performed remotely, however you may work from the office as often as you wish. Whilst you will be predominantly working from home, we may require you to come to your contracted office up to 2-4 days per month or 6-8 days per quarter (Note: This will be agreed with your Line Manager and team) This is intended to be time spent on collaborating with colleagues and relationship building.

Flexible Working – We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be “Free to Be Me”. We are mot looking for just one type of person – we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think.

We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences – of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability – help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here.

To see our full statement please visit this link:

Salary Structure:

Save the Children is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff. To see our full offer please visit this link:

Interview Expenses:

Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.


Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role

    Division:Chief Executive’s Office
    Department:Chief Executive’s Office
    Team:Chief Executive’s Office
    Location (Role):Farringdon, London/Home-based
    Contract Type:Permanent Contract
    Full / Part Time:Full time (flexible working options available)
    Closing Date:3 October 2022
    Salary Range:£75,000 – £85,000

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