£40,000 - £50,000 per year depending on experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you an experienced and dynamic finance professional looking for a broad, hands-on exciting position in a growing charity? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for an agile and experienced Head of Finance to lead Brake’s operational finance function and also maintain and develop our financial systems and operating processes. We are looking for someone who has previous hands-on experience; ideally in a similar-sized or larger organisation. Reporting into the Chief Operating Officer, this role is a very hands-on finance role leading on all aspects of financial accounting across the charity, providing clear financial insight at all times. The Head of Finance will work closely with our leadership team and undertakes the most senior finance role within the organisation.

Currently the finance team consists of the Head of Finance and a Finance and Admin Officer (who reports into the Head of Finance). While nothing is guaranteed, there is potential for growth across the charity and therefore we are looking for a Head of Finance who can demonstrate experience and capability to step up into a more senior finance role, overseeing a more complex finance function with additional line management responsibility. 

Who we are

Brake is the national, acclaimed charity tackling the daily, horrific carnage of deaths, injuries, and air pollution on roads. Traffic is the biggest killer of young people worldwide, poisoning our lungs and contributing hugely to the climate emergency. Brake’s vision is that people get around in safe and healthy ways. Our values require us to be evidence-based, aim high, and work collaboratively.

We have a 25-year reputation for shouting out for positive change, advising government, encouraging action in communities, and delivering the UK’s National Road Victim Service for bereaved and injured families.

Key tasks

  • management and administration of book-keeping using Xero;
  • operation of Sage Payroll and pensions for c.45 staff;
  • preparation of management accounts and financial reporting information for the charity’s finance committees monthly. Attendance at monthly finance committee meetings;
  • preparation of the annual budget and monthly forecasts;
  • processing of invoices, arranging supplier payments, resolving queries and debtors;
  • managing bank accounts holding the charities’ working funds and its reserves, both online and offline;
  • working alongside the auditors (managing the audit process end to end) and the Treasurer, generating year end accounts documents and submitting returns (including VAT returns, GiftAid claims etc) to the relevant authorities (including Charity Commission and Companies House) ensuring they are compliant with charity legislation;
  • leading the identification and implementation of improvements to finance processes, as agreed with the Chief Operating Officer;
  • working closely with all budget holders, supporting colleagues with financial matters, notably in preparing and checking a) budgets and b) financial expenditure reports required by sponsors and statutory funders; and
  • line management of one member of staff.

You bring

  • experience of working in a similar hands-on role in a finance management capacity in the not for profit sector;
  • a recognised accounting qualification (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA);
  • excellent knowledge of financial processes;
  • experience of using Xero and Sage software and adept at Microsoft Office;
  • the ability to produce high quality financial reports;
  • an analytical mindset, able to work as a financial adviser for non-finance functions, providing insightful analysis and guidance;
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, balancing multiple responsibilities;
  • proactive, problem solving ability and strong interpersonal skills; and
  • a values-driven approach to life; you want to work for a charity.

About the team and how we work

  • You will be joining a skilled, dedicated and friendly team.
  • Our team works remotely and encourages use of sustainable transport.
  • Brake actively promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. We employ based on skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
  • Employees are subject to driver licence checks. If you drive, please note we do not accept applications from serious traffic offenders due to the nature of our work.
More about Brake

Brake is a national, acclaimed charity tackling one of the biggest issues of our time - the daily horrific carnage of deaths, injuries, and air... Read more

Posted on: 05 May 2022
Closed date: 02 June 2022 at 20:30
Job ref: HoF - Brake
Tags: Finance

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