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Bellingcat is Hiring – Business Director

November 20, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Gross Salary – 70,000 to 90,000 Euros per year

Place of work – Remotely, then The Hague

Start date – Immediate, based on availability

Duration – 1 year minimum

Bellingcat is currently seeking a Business Director to manage the day to day operations of Stichting Bellingcat, and play a key role in the long term expansion and growth of the Bellingcat organisation. This includes the planning of the opening of an office in The Hague, where the position will be eventually based, and the hiring of administration and business staff. The successful applicant will work closely with Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins to develop strategies and organisational structures to create a solid foundation for the future growth of Bellingcat in both the Netherlands and internationally.

The ideal candidate will have a background in management in a Dutch organisation, ideally with an NGO, with experience working with media organisations, and would be seeking a long term role where they can use their experience to shape the growth of Bellingcat as it goes through a rapid professionalisation process.


  • Taking over business, financial, and administrative tasks from the director
  • Improving, developing, and implementing financial and administrative processes to enable future growth of the organisation
  • Designing and implementing business plans and strategies based on multiple funding scenarios
  • Planning the opening of Stichting Bellingcat’s office in The Hague, including filling key roles and finding an appropriate location for the office
  • Assisting reporting to funders
  • Ensuring Stichting Bellingcat meets the requirements of a stichting
  • Working with accountants and other external organisations to improve processes between Stichting Bellingcat and those organisations, and adjusting the relationships where required
  • Ensuring effective processes are in place for the processing and payment of invoices
  • Hiring staff based on the requirements of the business, to ensure all roles are performed efficiently and correctly


  • Proven experience in business management roles with experience working for a stichting
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills,
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities,
  • Fluent Dutch and English
  • Thorough understanding of diverse business processes and strategy development,
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and other information systems
  • An understanding of online open source investigation, and related technology and security issues
  • A desire make a long-term commitment to an organisation and play a key role in its development

How to Apply

Send a CV with a covering letter saying why you want this job and why you’re the right candidate to

Successful first round candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews on Monday December 3rd

Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.

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  1. Caroline

    Dear Bellingcat executives,
    I hope you will think and act ‘out of the box’ as you have been doing, when recruiting someone to the position of Business Director, in line with your own ‘out of the box’ organisation. Especially as most organisations are so stuck and set in their ways – part of human nature – that it will eventually be the downfall of Western civilisation as we now know it.

    All the best from someone who wishes you well.

  2. Marc de Vries

    There are now six employees working at the Dutch office, nine by the end of next month. There is a good chance that you will need a larger office in six months.

    Profile Project B.V. can help organizations determining their office relocation strategy.


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