Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Financial Accounting to lead the financial year-end and external audit processes and monthly balance sheet controls and reporting. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with energy, talent, and commitment to helps us achieve positive and lasting change for the most marginalized and vulnerable children.

In this role you will lead on the year end close process, agree timetables and deliverables, prepare guidance for country/regional offices and monitor progress to ensure deliverables; with a proactive focus on key risk areas. You will also lead on preparation for year-end financial reporting, support the preparation of the trustees report, and lead on the statutory annual audit process. In addition you will ensure an appropriate financial control framework in London, and in the countries, is in place and operating effectively, including rigorous balance sheet controls and monthly balance sheet reporting, oversee VAT and other tax reporting, and manage a small team.



In order to be successful you will be/bring:


  • A qualified Finance professional with experience of operating in a global and complex organisation
  • Knowledge of UK SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice for Charity Accounting and Reporting) and UK/International GAAP and legal requirements.
  • Experience of leading year end closing the books and annual external audit processes.
  • Knowledge and experience of VAT, PAYE, NI and other tax issues.
  • Excellent business partnering, negotiating and relationship building skills with a strong customer focus
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a team with the ability to delegate effectively, prioritise an often heavy workload and coach staff to deliver a world class service
  • The ability to influence others, to liaise with a wide range of colleagues at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy
  • The ability to adapt and adjust working style according to changing business needs in a dynamic environment
  • A strong results orientation, with ability to deliver on time and in full, to find solutions and implement improvements
  • The ability to understand and break down complex technical problems and to translate them into layperson's terms to ensure buy in
  • Excellent analytical skills with an exceptional eye for detail
  • A commitment to Save the Children values

The role offers a salary of circa £60Kpa, depending on experience. Benefits include a company pension scheme, life assurance, and 30 days annual leave.


The Organisation



Save the Children is a federated Membership based organization, which employs approximately 25,000 people across the globe, and works on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.



We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:


  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Application Information



Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.



We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.









All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy






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Refreshed on: 17 June 2019
Closed date: 24 June 2019
Job ref: 190001JY
Tags: Finance, Intl Development