London, Greater London
42,000 - 45,000
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Finance Manager

Who are we?

The Clean Air Fund is a global philanthropic initiative that works to achieve clean air for all. Founded in 2019, we are well-resourced and scaling fast; funded by a growing partnership of leading foundations with interests across health, climate, children and mobility. By bringing these and other organisations together, we hope to identify and create best practice, share learnings, connect people and ensure solutions are rapidly scaled up and replicated around the world.


Main purpose of the role

This role will help ensure that the financial processes and procedures of the Clean Air Fund run smoothly and efficiently, enabling both the Finance team and other team members to be effective. This role reports into the Financial Controller.

The Finance Manager supports the provision of a robust financial service in particular to our Programmes team and grantees to ensure new and existing grants are both well implemented and well managed. Additionally, this role supports the Financial Controller in the management of CAF’s day to day finances.

Summary of Job Description

Grantee assessment and controls - Working with both the Programmes team and our Grantees to ensure good budgeting, due diligence, proposal writing, financial planning, and policy compliance. This includes support with analysis and reporting of progress and performance and some grantee audit work.

Management of financial processes & reporting - Provide day to day finance support – a broad range of monthly processes including management accounts and reports as well as support for the reforecasting and annual budget and audits. Ensure we are compliant with our policies and meeting our governance and control standards.

Grants System management – Be a super user of our grant management system, AkoyaGo and provide advice and support to other team members on AkoyaGo usage. Develop excellent system knowledge be able to support others with reporting needs as well as delivering analysis for the Finance team.

Donor financial reporting - Manage the fund accounting and provide support for budgets for funder proposals and for due diligence of prospective funders. Assist with the annual donor finance reporting process.


Experience and skills


• CCAB Accountancy qualification.

• Ability to produce high quality financial reports.

• Strong knowledge of financial processes and control environments.

• Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, in particular advanced Excel skills and intermediate modelling skills.

• Outstanding English communications skills, both oral and written.

• Proficient in all areas of Microsoft. Must possess strong PowerPoint, Excel and word; ability to learn new packages, when required.



• Previous exposure to the non-profit sector would be highly desirable, particularly if it has been gained with a practice with a strong NGO client base.

• Database systems experience and the ability to manage and design reports for databases.

• An understanding of the financial risk environment within the international development sector.

• Bachelor’s degree

• Experience of working with SMEs would also be of value.


What can we offer you?

We are a new organisation that is clear on what we offer and what we expect from everyone in our team.

We offer the opportunity to be at the heart of efforts to reduce air pollution across the globe, working with an exceptionally high calibre team. You would be part of shaping a growing and ambitious organisation whilst benefitting from our active support and commitment to your learning and career development.


Further information

• This is a permanent, full time position.

• This is a new role, as a result of continued growth of grant giving

• Market competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance and discretionary bonus scheme.

• The Clean Air Fund is based in Central London.

• The role will involve some out of hours working where necessary, and potentially international travel on occasion.

• Reports to the Financial Controller


Applications for this role will close at 9am on Monday 22nd March 2021.  

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on Tuesday 23rd March, with first round interviews planned to take place on Friday 26th March and second round interviews on Wednesday 31st March.  

Refreshed on: 15 March 2021
Closed date: 22 March 2021
Tags: Finance, Management