London, Greater London (On-site)
£50,000 - £55,000 pro rata per year
Permanent, Part-time, 30-37.5, Full-time
Job description
 
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Finance Director

Are you an exceptional and experienced Finance Director who cares deeply about food systems, biodiversity, climate and food justice.

Salary: £50,000-£55,000 pro rata (depending upon experience)

Days: Flexible (4-5 days), with a preference for 4 days (30 hours) per week

Duration: Permanent

Deadline: 2nd Feb 2022

Interviews: 15th / 16th Feb, second follow up interviews will include the audit committee

Location: A combination of working from home and Feedback’s office based in Tottenham Hale, N15 4BE

 

About the Role

We are seeking an exceptional and experienced Finance Director, a qualified accountant, to head up our Finance Team and sit on our Senior Management Team.  It would suit someone with strong management experience and organisational skills, who is motivated to work within a growing and dynamic environmental NGO at the forefront of food systems change.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to our small but fast growing charity. You will have the autonomy to make the finance function your own, with plenty of room for personal development and progression. We are a friendly team, priding ourselves on maintaining a positive and values-led organisation. We aim to provide a flexible working environment with a good work/life balance.

Our ideal candidate will be flexible, a self-starter, with a keen eye for detail, quick to transfer existing skills to rapidly evolving circumstances and ready to get stuck in to all aspects of the organisation.  Also someone who cares deeply about food systems, biodiversity, climate and food justice.  We are a supportive and flexible team and we look forward to welcoming you on board.  We welcome interest from candidates who are returning to work after maternity leave or career breaks.

Location             

Feedback’s offices in Tottenham Hale, London. Feedback currently operates a policy for staff to work a minimum of 50% hours in the office, with the rest worked from home.
All workplace policies may vary due to changes in the government’s Covid policy.

Diversity            

Feedback is an organisation actively seeking to move through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive journey in every aspect of its work. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to people from under-represented backgrounds and we are strongly committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you.

About Us

Feedback is a UK and Netherlands-based environmental campaign group. We work to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. Food production is the single greatest impact humans have on the environment. From mountains of food waste, to habitat destruction to grow animal feed for factory farms or feed farmed fish, to soil depletion leaving future harvests at risk: the food system needs to change. Founded in 2013, we combine investigative research, campaigns, community outreach and on-the-ground pilot projects for a better food system.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Financial Accounting & Control

Review, develop and maintain effective and accurate financial policies, controls and management systems across the organisation, taking an active role in ensuring reconciliations are performed on a suitably regular basis

Oversee all aspects of the input and maintenance of accurate accounting records, ensuring that these comply with statutory requirements and the relevant accounting standards

Ensure that accurate restricted fund accounts are maintained and that the financial records comply with funder reporting requirements

Liaise with and maintain effective working relationships with external bodies such as professional advisors, payroll, auditors, banks etc.

 

Deal with tax issues, gift aid and other charity requirements on an ad hoc basis.

 

Financial Management and Reporting

Oversee the preparation of timely and accurate monthly management accounts with supporting analysis and commentary, and report on these to management teams and to Trustees as appropriate.

Maintain an ongoing accurate overview of the financial health of Feedback, specifically monitoring and reporting on the cash position.

Ensure the delivery of grant and contract financial management for Feedback and ensure that there are effective processes in place to provide required reporting to donors, liaising with programme teams and project managers and directors to ensure delivery.

 

Oversee financial reporting to the European Commission for Feedback’s EC-funded projects.

 

Oversee maintenance of the organisation’s statutory accounts and returns, in accordance with established accounting principles and the latest Charity SORP; work with Feedback’s selected external accounting firm to deliver annual charity accounts to an agreed timetable.

 

Ensure timely filing of the annual Charity Commission return.

 

Strategy, budgets and risk management

Be responsible for the budgeting and forecasting process for the organisation and provide appropriate reporting and analysis of variances and support for decision making to Managing Director and the Trustees

 

Develop templates, guidance and models to ensure that budgets to support proposals are rigorous, capture costs appropriately and ensure that resources are deployed effectively. Ensure effective recovery of indirect costs/overheads from programme budgets to ensure that costs are being suitably absorbed.

 

Participate in review and monitoring processes to evaluate performance against budget, review risks and issues and agree corrective actions with programme leads.

 

Team management and development

Supervise the Finance Manager and Finance and Operations Co-ordinator

Provision of finance training to new trustees and managers as required.

Remain up-to-date with key technical accounting and legal developments and funder requirements and maintain Feedback’s policies, procedures and systems in line with these requirements.

 

Review new developments in software and applications to identify ways of improving the efficiency of finance processes.

 

Provide financial support and information as required for new proposals, for example to set up new companies or spin off existing projects.

 

Person Specification

 

Experience

 

Essential

Qualified accountant with strong financial systems and several years of accounting experience

Proven ability to maintain effective policies, procedures and controls across an organisation

 

Desirable

Experience of working within an international charity environment, with complex funding bases across multiple stakeholders and geographies

Supervisory experience

Experience of using Xero or other cloud-based accounting software

Understanding and experience of funding conditions of key funders, such as the European Commission

Grant/contract management

 

Skills

 

Essential

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel

Highly motivated and autonomous

A commitment to Feedback’s values - we are bold, collaborative, impact-driven, celebratory and inspiring - and to our goal of ecological regeneration through changing the food system.

 

How to apply

Please submit, in Word or pdf format, a CV/resume and cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 each) explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would like to work at Feedback in this role. Please note, all candidates will need to have the right to work in the UK to be considered for this position.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 2nd February 2022. Applications received after this point will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 8th February 2022.

Interviews will be held online via Zoom on 15th or 16th February 2022.  Those invited to the second stage interviews will meet the Audit Committee.

Application Instructions

Please submit, in Word or pdf format, a CV/resume and cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 each) explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would like to work at Feedback in this role. Please note, all candidates will need to have the right to work in the UK to be considered for this position.

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Posted on: 04 January 2022
Closed date: 02 February 2022 at 00:00
Job ref: FinDir
Tags: Finance, Senior Management

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