Head of Finance - SE1 - SE28

£60,000 - £65,000 + benefits
Ref: 227 Date Posted: Wednesday 13 Oct 2021
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A specialist housing charity is seeking a Head of Finance to support the CEO and work within the senior leadership team to achieve the goals of their strategic plan and improve the quality of the services they provide to their clients. The Head of Finance will be a qualified accountant with continued professional development, have delivered effective financial strategies, have a driving licence and an enhanced DBS clearance.


Applications from ex-military personnel are strongly encouraged.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Financial management – reporting, budgets, forecast, supporting the organisation in decision-making, annual accounts and audit
  • Financial accounting – maintain accounting records, supplier payments and credit control
  • Strategy – work with the SLT to produce and update strategy; specific responsibility for financial plan; prepare and maintain implementation plan
  • Risk – own the risk register and report to trustees on changes
  • Governance – work with trustees to ensure good governance utilising Charity Commission and NCVO tools
  • Property leases – negotiate new leases, support Head of Operations; renew existing leases; work with lawyers
  • New business – work with CEO and Head of Operations on new business opportunities; prepare proposals for trustees
  • Pricing – set and maintain Housing Benefit, Service Charge and rents
  • IT – manage all aspects of IT; work with third party support company
  • Insurance – renew insurance; ensure adequate cover in place
  • Trustees – develop good relationships with Trustees, notably Chair of Audit Committee. Prepare Trustee reports, attend meetings and provide required information
  • External relationships – maintain good relations with lawyers, auditors, bankers, insurance broker and all stakeholders, internal and external
  • Manage the Finance Team, including all aspects of recruitment, supervision and learning and development


Knowledge, skills and qualifications required:


  • Be a qualified accountant with evidence of continuing professional development and up to date knowledge of financial reporting standards
  • Previously delivered effective financial strategies, across complex customer focused organisations
  • Applied commercial principles in a business or not-for-profit environment
  • Experience of risk management
  • Experience of leading and managing an IT function
  • Experience of dealing with a range of stakeholders including regulators, funders and professional advisers
  • Have strong leadership, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Have Enhanced DBS clearance
  • Full, clean UK Driving Licence with access to own vehicle



  • Experience of heading up a finance function with a track record of successfully building and leading staff teams
  • Experience of Governance, insurance and working with trustees
  • Experience of property leases, negotiation of terms and working with lawyers


Salary: £60k-£65k + benefits