Brixton, Greater London
circa £60,000 - £65,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

An SME sized housing charity based in south London (Zone 2) is seeking an experienced Head of Finance & Resources for a permanent role.


The organisation is only a few years old and is looking to grow over the next few years. They are based in new offices and have a dynamic and forward thinking culture.


The charity manages around 1800 properties & community houses on behalf of a larger parent organisation.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the role involves managing a team of 4 and sits on the senior leadership team, and will involve a mixture of hands-on and strategic finance duties, plus a small amount of other corporate resources responsibilities (HR, Governance, Compliance).


The organisation has a turnover of around £7.5 million and has 40 staff. The role would best suit someone with experience in a senior finance role in a similar sized organisation rather than a very large or very small organisation.


A qualified accountant with experience in the housing sector is preferred, but the organisation welcomes applicants from other sectors, and from part-qualified or QBE applicants.


Specific duties include:


-Work with the Executive Director as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team to help drive the strategic direction of the organisation

-Oversee the timely delivery of high-quality management and statutory accounts and commentaries making effective presentation of these to all audiences as required

-Devise and implement improved formats and substance of financial management reports in line with the demands of users, management, and external requirements

-Manage the budgeting process in an efficient and consultative manner and deliver the operational budgets on time, presenting this to managers, committees and board as required

-Lead in the implementation and operation of financial management contracts for third parties including delivery within Service Level Agreements.

-Management of the audit

-Oversee the efficient delivery of all services under delegated authority including:  Service Charges Accounting, Purchase Ledger and Payments, Payroll and Pensions, Governance and Compliance

-Oversee the optimum operation and where necessary, upgrade, of all financial and HR system applications and deal with any issues in liaison with the IT Provider

-Prepare and provide periodic regulatory information/returns to government agencies, Charities Commission and/or other regulatory bodies

-Provide oversight of the HR services function, ensuring the HR Adviser and information systems are managed efficiently

-Provide an oversight of the governance and compliance function ensuring risks are kept to a minimum

-Attending board meetings

-Managing a team of 4 finance and resources staff




-CCAB Fully Qualified Accountant or QBE

-A minimum of five years post qualification experience of financial management in an organisation of a similar size

-Good leadership skills including ability to motivate and develop staff in a challenging and pressurised environment

-At least two years’ experience of preparation of final accounts including compilation of appropriate working papers and dealing with external auditors

-At least three years’ experience of successful leadership and management of a high performing team

-A clear understanding of Charity SORP and other accounting and regulatory standards in relation to charities


Initial closing date: Tuesday 19th November, although applications may be considered after this date

Interviews: 29th November


Please send your CV for immediate consideration

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Posted on: 13 November 2019
Closed date: 13 December 2019
Job ref: MM03
Tags: Finance, Housing Management