Chief Operating Officer


About OceanMind

On the ocean, illegal fishing, pollution, and modern slavery can run rampant, destroying habitats, ecosystems, and lives. Many of the most destructive activities are regulated, but the unaddressed challenge is enforcing these regulations in the wild, remote, vast ocean.

Using satellites, big data, and artificial intelligence, OceanMind’s advanced technology sifts through the swarm of human activity on the ocean every second, understands who is working legally, and who is violating the rules of ocean use. Since one satellite alone may generate 1 petabyte of data per year, artificial Intelligence helps us to spot patterns around platforms, ships, or pollution. Data alone are not sufficient; OceanMind’s team of experts in fisheries and ocean compliance can analyse each event at the level of a single vessel, ensuring that no infraction goes unnoticed.

With this insight, OceanMind investigates suspected non-compliance on a global basis, and delivers actionable intelligence to regulators, enforcement agencies, and industry compliance managers so they can act against the infraction. Existing compliance partnerships cover fishing, illegal salvage, human trafficking, workers’ rights, and greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. By powering enforcement around the world, OceanMind will help defend our oceans and those who use the ocean to create their livelihoods, making a material difference to human wellbeing.

The Position

OceanMind is seeking a highly experienced leader and exceptional manager to serve as Chief Operating Officer to oversee the delivery of all our programmatic areas. 

The successful candidate will work primarily internally but also externally, engaging directly with our clients and partners from government, industry, and public and private advocacy groups. The position will have primary responsibility for successfully delivering our various programmes to establish OceanMind as the global leader in maritime enforcement based on actionable intelligence. The position will be based in the Oxford region of the UK with flexibility for remote working and will report to the Chief Executive Officer.  Post-Covid, we anticipate the position will require approximately 20% travel.

The Chief Operating Officer will also have primary responsibility for:

  • Building and managing a world class team for the delivery of actionable intelligence on illegal fishing, human trafficking, illegal salvage, workers’ rights, GHG emissions, and other areas of regulated maritime human activity.
  • Leading and developing the delivery-centric business areas including Business Development, Project Management, and our Intelligence and Compliance analyst team, including managing the heads of these departments.
  • Executing effective and efficient processes to support the imagining of new project areas, accurately specifying, costing and pricing new projects, and successful delivery of projects from inception to closure, ensuring that these projects are focused on achieving measurable impact.
  • Guiding OceanMind’s growth strategy including new market sectors, new types of engagements and partnerships with both public and private sector organizations connected to the oceans, new approaches to reporting on ocean-based activity to both clients and the public, and new and complex sources of income such as ODA, GEF or World Bank funded projects.
  • Working in close collaboration with other organisational functions to ensure efficient operations and effective delivery.
The Candidate

The ideal candidate will have experience leading global non-profit organisations involved in the delivery of data-based analysis to partners from both government and industry, ideally with a background in the environment, ocean systems, or climate.

Additional desirable qualities and competencies include:

  • 5+ years’ experience working in executive positions in purposeful organisations responsible for project-based delivery of measurable impact internationally
  • 5+ years’ experience managing and directing senior managers in delivery focused organisations
  • 5+ years’ experience in strategic planning, budget planning, and effective execution for data-driven organisations
  • A strong understanding of project management for delivering complex multidisciplined projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrable alignment with OceanMind’s core values of integrity, respect, unity, expertise, and positivity

The OceanMind offices are based in Harwell, Oxfordshire with homeworking options
Benefits: 28 days holiday, Pension, Private healthcare, Life Insurance & Income Protection

A full job description will be provided to candidates selected for an initial telephone interview. CVs will be reviewed soon after their submission. Potential applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

All applicants should have the right to live and work in the UK without restrictions. Due to the large number of responses, we receive, if you have not heard from us in 10 days please understand your application was not successful on this occasion.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to: