London, Greater London
South Kensington, Greater London
£57,606 - £65,949 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job: Director of Finance & Resources (Imperial College Union)


Salary: £57,606 - £65,949 – the successful candidate will be expected    to start at the lower end of the scale subject to particularly relevant skills and experience.


Location: Central London with the main office in South Kensington


Job Summary

This is a mission-critical role for Imperial College Union, a registered charity that exists to support and represent all students at Imperial College Union. As the Director of Finance & Resources, you will lead a range of core infrastructure and service functions for the organisation, as well as be member of the Union’s Senior Management Team. You will join the organisation at a crucial time, as we embark on a wholescale transformation and development programme to better serve our members.


Working alongside the Managing Director and Board of Trustees, you will act as the most senior finance professional in the organisation, ensuring we are sustainable in the long-term, and maximising the resources we have available. This will include directing a series of process and system reviews within the finance function and leading a new strategic approach to the Union’s financial operating model. In addition to this, you will also take on the responsibility for a number of income-generating services, ensuring they meet the needs of students and operate within an agreed commercial framework.


We are looking for an ambitious, energetic and collaborative senior leader, who takes personal responsibility for their work, and relishes the opportunity to solve problems. Working with bright and talented young leaders in a students’ union creates an exciting and fast paced environment – one where you can see real change happen very quickly. If you’re excited by the challenge and keen to get stuck in, then we want to hear from you.


Duties and responsibilities

You will be a member of the Students’ Union’s Senior Management Team, with shared corporate responsibility for the management of all services and activities undertaken by the organisation.


You will responsible for the following services within the organisation, developing controls, and setting policies and procedures as required:


  • Finance
  • Systems, IT & HR
  • Retail


Alongside the Managing Director and wider SMT, you will lead on developing the strategic financial and wider resource goals for the organisation, ensuring viability in line with the mission, aims and values.


Essential requirements

The full requirements are set out in the Job Description and Person Specification. However, we’d like to particularly highlight the following as important:


  • CCAB or CIMA Accounting Qualification with significant PQE/evidence of continued professional development.
  • Experience of managing (or involvement in the management of) one or more of the following other functions within an organisation: Information Technology, Human Resources, Commercial Services.
  • Experience of change management and organisational transformation, preferably within the charity or education sectors.
  • Knowledge of key relevant legislation particularly relating to charity accounting, VAT, payroll and pensions.
  • Knowledge of structures, issues, and trends affecting higher education, students’ unions and the wider charity sector.


Further Information

Please note you’ll need to complete the online application to be considered for this role.


To apply please visit our website and search for the ref PRO00468

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Dr Tom Flynn

Closing date: 7 December 2020

Interviews: Tuesday or Wednesday 15/16 December 2020 by video software

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