This is an exciting temporary opportunity to support the development of Bikeability, the Government’s national cycle training programme as a key member of the Executive Team.
You will lead the Trusts finance and compliance work, ensuring that we maintain high standards of financial accounting, reconciliation and reporting. You will work with the Executive Director to ensure that all areas of finance, risk, policy and regulatory compliance are upheld across all Trust operations.
You will have honed experience of charity finance and reporting. An established leadership with excellent financial acumen, you will have used these abilities to establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, external stakeholders and networks. You have a collaborative approach and enjoy working as part of a team.
The Bikeability Trust
Underpinned by the National Standard for Cycle Training, Bikeability was launched in England in 2007 and is backed by funding from the Department for Transport from 2016-2022. The Trust maintains the National Standard for Cycle Training, manages, monitors and quality assures the delivery of the Bikeability programme across England, promotes the effectiveness of Bikeability, distributes Bikeability award materials, and registers local Bikeability schemes and instructors.
The Bikeability Trust’s Vision is to ensure everyone has the confidence to cycle and enjoy this skill for life.
The Trust aims to make Bikeability the leading programme for cycle training by ensuring:
- Child focussed: We deliver cycle training to both children and adults, but the majority of delivery is helping children learn the life skill of cycling
- Quality: Our Instructors deliver high-quality, consistent cycle training across England
- Inclusivity: We take action to reduce barriers to participation and ensure that anyone who wishes to access Bikeability cycle training is able to
- Efficiency: Our delivery programme offers value for money and is delivered in an economic and efficient way
- Influence: We share our evidence of the impact of cycle training across a variety of sectors (transport, education, environment, health, leisure, etc)
- Collaboration: We work with stakeholders, partners and commercial organisations to achieve our vision and ensure Bikeability is a household name
Job Description – Director of Finance and Compliance
Location: Home Based, with occasional travel with COVID permits
Reports to: Executive Director
Staff responsibilities: None, but liaison with Management Accountants and contractors
Hours of work: 2.5 days a week (flexible on days/ times)
Salary range: £50,000 pro rata
The Director of Finance and Compliance is responsible for the implementation, monitoring and reporting on all areas of the Trust’s finance and regulatory compliance.
- Lead the Finance and compliance operations of the Bikeability Trust:
- Develop annual budgets for the Bikeability Trust
- Implement forecasting and monitoring of each department budget
- Work with PEM management accountants to monitor cash flow, accounts, and other financial transactions
- Facilitate day-to-day operations, including tracking financial data, invoicing and payroll
- Interpret complex financial information and provide updates and information as needed
- Work with the Grants team to process and authorise all grants pay runs
- Champion and advocate across all areas of the Trust strong financial management to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and economy
- Ensure the Trust operates within agreed budget and delivers on Business plan and strategy
- Ensure the Trust delivers strong financial management on the Bikeability programme grant
- Ensure the Trust can deliver income to the Innovation Fund and report on impact
- Deliver Financial contribution to Bikeability Trust performance management dashboard providing regular reporting to Board and attending Board meetings
- Work with auditors annually to review financial reporting
- Ensure that all of the Trust’s practices are in line in statutory regulations and legislation
- Work with the Executive Director to ensure all policies and procedures acrtoss the Trust and Bikeability Trading are
- Keep up to date with changes in legislaiton of practice that would impact of charity operations
- Ensure the annual financial accounts for Bikeability Trust and Bikeability Trading Ltd are submitted on time
- Keep the risk register and financial controls of the Bikeability programme grant up to date in line with best practice
- Ensure all Trust operations comply with Data Protection and Information security management.
Qualifications & Experience
- Advanced degree/professional qualification in accounting business, finance, or a related field;
- Leadership experience in finance
- Charity Board experience
- Understanding of data privacy standards;
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal;
- Thorough understanding of business principles and practices;
- Superior attention to detail
How to apply
Please send a two-page curriculum vitae accompanied by a one-page letter of application and your completed equal opportunities monitoring form, by midnight 24th May 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed virtually on the 10th June 2021 .
Your curriculum vitae should set out details of your
- qualifications and professional body memberships (dates, institutions, qualifications/status)
- if employed, current employment (job title, employer, duties, start date, full-time equivalent, gross salary, period of notice)
- employment and voluntary work history (dates, job titles, employers, duties)
- names, email accounts, phone numbers and relationships for two referees, and permission to contact them.
Your letter of application should explain how your employment and other experience, education and training match the requirements of the job description and person specification, giving examples where appropriate.