Make this your landmark opportunity

chief operating officer£140,000Sunderland

Welcome from our CEO, Nigel Wilson

Nigel Wilson

Welcome From Our Chair, Keith Loraine OBE

"I’m delighted to welcome you to our dedicated website for the recruitment of such an important opportunity at Gentoo. Hopefully you will find the information of interest and feel motivated to apply. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank you for visiting our site and to wish you the very best of luck for your application."

A message from Sunderland City Council Leader, Cllr Graeme Miller

A message from Sunderland City Council Chief Executive, Patrick Melia

About Gentoo

We're a housing association that provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home.

We're a values driven organisation, with a clear vision, a social purpose and a commitment to investing in people, place and property.

We believe everyone has the right to live in a good quality home they can afford and invest millions of pounds every year in keeping our existing homes safe, secure, and compliant.

Our Vision

Gentoo vision

Our Values

Values GAYGA
Values KLA
Values MADA
Values DTRTA
Values WTA

Our Strategic Aims - The 5 Ps


Provide homes and services that enable our customers and communities to succeed


Invest in people and communities to help realise opportunities and release potential


Be well governed and financially resilient, operating efficiently and responsibly, investing wisely to fulfil our social purpose


Work with others to influence and generate sustainable change


Harness the collective passion and energy of our people to support the city’s plan

Our Executive Team

Gentoo Executive Team

We are Gentoo

About The Role

About the role of the chief operating officer

The role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a new position in Gentoo’s Executive Team. The COO will be responsible for oversight of the Group's core business functions: housing, property and affordable development, and tasked with ensuring these teams collaborate successfully to ensure we deliver the best possible service to our tenants.

How to Apply

Your CV and Covering Letter

Please submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter, ensuring that you quote reference ema 391.

It is important that your CV highlights supporting evidence of how your previous experience and skills relate to the criteria outlined in the role profile and person specification. Within your CV, please supply the following:

  • Full name and postal address;
  • Telephone number and email address (NB most written communication with you will be electronic);
  • Employment history;
  • Education and dates your qualifications were obtained;
  • Current memberships of relevant professional associations/Institutes and dates;
  • Current or most recent salary.

Your covering letter (maximum of three pages) should be used to convey why you are attracted to the role and describe your leadership style, skills and what you’ll bring to Gentoo. The covering letter is considered an important aspect of your application and will be used to assess your motivation for the role.