Director of Finance
The Thalidomide Trust - Director of Finance
Location: St Neots
Salary: 62,500 + Company car
Who are The Thalidomide Trust?
The Thalidomide Trust provides ongoing support to individuals born with disabilities caused by Thalidomide, a drug manufactured in the UK, and used by pregnant mothers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They currently support 465 individuals aged between 52 and 59, with a range of physical disabilities including limb damage, hearing and visual impairment, musculoskeletal problems, brain and sensory impairment and damage to internal organs.
The work of the Trust is governed by 10 trustees who bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to the charity and over the last four years there has been a significant increase in the level of support provided to their beneficiaries, in order to meet their complex and changing needs.
How does the Director of Finance contribute to the Trust?
In addition to delivering effective financial planning, management and reporting, as a member of the charity's senior management team, this role offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with all aspects of the Thalidomide Trust's work, contribute to broader organisational management and shape the organisation.
What makes this role unique?
As the Thalidomide Trust does not actively fundraise, there is no requirement to contribute to fundraising strategies, monitor fundraising performance or provide financial reporting to donors. However you will have responsibility for overseeing a large investment portfolio - with guidance and support from trustees and Finance Committee - and liaising with asset managers. This role also involves significantly more direct contact with beneficiaries than is usual in a senior management position.
Who are we looking for?
The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a senior financial management role for a charitable or not for profit organisation. You will have evidence of achieving financial objectives and a strong background in developing financial systems and processes. You will also have a track record in delivering clear direction to finance teams, ensuring results are achieved and continuous improvements are made.
You will be professionally qualified at CCAB level with strong technical accounting skills and an excellent understanding of the principles/requirements of GDPR. Naturally you'll be self-motivated, possess an analytical mind and have the confidence to maintain robust financial controls. But in addition you will have great interpersonal skills, an empathetic and non-judgmental attitude and proven relationship-building skills.
If you would like to know more about this position, please apply or contact Simon Bascombe at Harris Hill on 0207 820 7311.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon Thursday 17th May 2018
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