London, Greater London
£28,000 - £35,000 per year
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Accountable to: Executive Director

Management of: Senior Administrator 

Relationship with Head of Finance and Board of Directors 

Salary: £28k- £35k per annum

Duration: Permanent – full time or part-time (min 4 days a week) or equivalent

Location: London preferred but open to variety of working arrangements and location

We will consider flexible working arrangements and the post can either be London based or involve remote working as part of a virtual team. We can not sponsor. The post holder must be willing to travel to London regularly.

Purpose of the role

This role is key to the Centre running as effectively as possible. Responsible for the overall coordination and administration of the Centre, you set the stage, providing the necessary foundations for the Centre to thrive and deliver on its mission. You will work closely with the Director, Head of Finance and Board as part of a small team with support from a Senior Administrator. You will liaise with colleagues in the Centre, the Board and with our partners. You will be expected to work independently and will hold a central liaison role within the Centre.

The Centre is a small community interest company, recently out of start-up phase, so all our colleagues are self-sufficient, energetic and organised and work well without the support system of a big enterprise, in a growing, close knit, team with a broad range of partners. We value teamwork, collaboration, being open, practical and iterative to make things work for our audience and the people in our teams.

Objective 1 – Finance and contract management

Managing the centre’s Business Plan, budget and finances, working with the Head of Finance, Treasurer and Senior Administrator.

  • Finance and sustainability planning, including:
    • Development and implementation of a sound fundraising strategy aimed at diversifying income streams and building on the assets and expertise of the Centre
    • Bidding and fundraising coordination across teams
    • Reporting to the Board of Directors and funders
  • Budget development, monitoring and planning
    • Oversight of day to day finance with Senior Administrator 
    • Monitoring progress against the budget with the team, as well as with the Head of Finance and Treasurer/Finance Committee
    • Implementing the budget for 2021/22 and preparing the business plan and budget for 2022/23 and future years
    • Sustainability plan, business development, proposal development review and management with the team 
    • Review the Risk assessment and mitigation template and adjust new implementation accordingly  
  • Maintaining financial compliance processes

Objective 2: Overall oversight and coordination of the Centre’s Programme, including 

  • Facilitating the implementation of the Centre’s Strategy 
  • Managing and improving commissioning and contracting processes 
    • Working across teams to ensure appropriate commissioning and contracting processes that allow flexibility and diversification of work
    • Oversee contract management and reporting 
  • Programme Oversight and Coordination
    • Working closely with the teams and the Senior Administrator to ensure overall effective programme management and reporting
    • Ensuring good communication and appropriate reporting across teams 

Objective 3 –  Secretary to the Board of Trustees and ensuring the organisation meets its legal requirements

  • Preparing high quality board meetings, agenda, papers on time 
  • Working with Chairman, Vice-Chair & Executive Director to deliver and continuously improve: 
    • Governance processes
    • Risks assessment and mitigation
    • Financial review
    • Strategic direction
    • Programme update & reporting
  • Maintaining a positive and relationship with members of the Board of Directors, pairing available skills with the Centre’s work, priorities and teams 
  • Legal requirements
    • Leading on the Annual Financial and Director’s Report in collaboration with the Executive Director, Head of Finance and Board of Directors

Objective 4 – Oversight and supervision of the day to day operations (people, IT and administration) of the Centre through the line management of a senior administrator

  • Developing the Centre’s People Strategy 
  • Line Management of the Senior Administrator, whose responsibilities include:
  • Day-to-day finance & accounting, Accomodation, IT, Phones, HR, Legal and contracting 
  • Reviewing and improving related processes e.g. HR processes, Finance and IT support
  • Coordination of the Centre’s teams and culture through weekly team meetings and bi-monthly full days including shared learning sessions. 

Person specification

You would be:

  • Organised, efficient and responsive
  • Excellent communication skills and capacity to work cross functionally 
  • Work well as a part of a small distributed flexible team in a fast-paced environment
  • Think strategically, exercise initiative and work independently to ensure effective implementation and continuous improvement

Essential experience

  • Business Planning, Budget and finance management
  • Governance and reporting including working with Boards or High level meetings
  • Operations/resources management
  • Project and programme management, including risk, proportionate to a small business 
  • Strategy development and delivery 

Desirable experience

  • Interest in wellbeing, evidence or knowledge mobilsation 
  • Bidding and proposal writing 
  • Governance requirements of a Community Interest Company or company secretary experience 
  • Knowledge and experience of working on Government Tenders
  • People management experience
  • Experience of work in a small growing organisation
  • Experience of working in a research or university environment
  • A proven track record in being able to write effectively for and communicate with a range of audiences
  • ‘PRINCE2’, MSP practitioner or other relevant training completed
  • Company Secretary training or experience
  • A first bachelor’s degree or an equivalent relevant qualification, or equivalent experien
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Posted on: 22 April 2021
Closing date: 09 May 2021
Tags: Operations, Governance

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