Finance Director

FD Recruit
United Kingdom
£75000.00 - £85000.00 per annum + Bonus, Pension, 30 days hols
30 Sep 2017
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Finance Director to join a well-respected Professional Membership Organisation. Based in the City of London, this Not For Profit entity is looking for a commercially focused Finance Director to work in conjunction with the CEO to drive the business forward into new markets, oversee finance, HR and IT and help instigate cultural change. Reporting to the CEO and sitting on the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will be a natural leader and business partner, allowing this prestigious organisation to realise its full potential and value for both staff and value for professional members.

Key duties will encompass:

  • Form a close working relationship with the Chief Executive, Chairman, Management Team, NED's and Committee Chairs.
  • To provide leadership to the Board's Finance Strategy, to optimise the company's financial performance and strategic position.
  • Take control of, lead and develop the Finance and Operations function, currently consisting of 4 staff.
  • Contribute fully to the development of company strategy across all areas of the business, challenging assumptions and decision-making as appropriate and providing financial/commercial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets and business drivers.
  • Ensure that the company's systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth.
  • To develop excellent reporting, disseminating and making key information available to various stakeholders including the Board, Management Team, staff, etc.
  • Work with the Board, Management Team and others to grow the business, formulating strategies and plans. Ensure corporate budgeting and forecasting processes are carried out and properly reviewed/implemented.
  • Take ultimate responsibility for the Institute's cash management policies, cash forecasting and day-to-day cash management.
  • Present annual accounts to stakeholders, including the Advisory Council and Regional Chairs.
  • Ensure that regulatory requirements for all statutory bodies are met and to advise the Board and management team on upcoming changes to the regulatory framework.
  • Corporate finance: manage company policies regarding working capital, debt, taxation, reserves, etc., as appropriate.
  • Establish a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including stakeholders and advisors.
  • To manage payroll; IT; HR; property & facilities; health, safety & wellbeing; risk & insurance and legal support including oversight of suppliers and ad hoc consultants.
  • To act as Secretary (or delegate as appropriate) to the Audit & Risk Committee.
  • To oversee and run the pension scheme(s) and other benefits programmes in conjunction with appropriate external consultants and in the case of the Defined Benefit scheme, trustees.

Essential requirements:

  • Possession of a relevant accounting qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, ACA, ICAEW, CIPFA) and current membership of the certifying body with at least 10 years Post Qualification Experience.
  • Experience at a senior level ideally in a professional body, trade association, charity or in the not-for-profit sector and/or in a small business.
  • Meet the requirement of a commercially astute, articulate, technically strong, dynamic, insightful and influential leader with the ability to operate at both strategic and operational levels.
  • Exceptional communication skills at all levels.
  • Strong IT skills, always being ahead of new technologies.
  • Ability to see beyond the numbers yet show attention to detail, handle high levels of pressure and critical decision-making.
  • High integrity and openness combined with a commitment to good governance.
  • Energetic, highly motivated, with an enquiring mind and passion for excellence and innovation in pursuit of business growth and success.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Pro-active and a self-starter.
  • Proven excellence with people management and able to motivate others in and outside the finance and operations team.
  • Proven project management and risk management skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills and knowledge of accounting packages (ideally Sage).
  • Proven deliverables in a change/turnaround situation, a passion for change and making a difference
  • Knowledge of tax and accounting implications for not-for-profit sector.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to join an organisation at a pivotal moment in its journey. Working with an inspirational CEO who has a proven track record of delivering positive transformation to similar organisations, this role has the prospects for personal growth and professional development as well as making a significant, long term contribution to the organisation.

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