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Project & Systems Accountant

Employer
Forum for the Future
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£40,000 pa, pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2021
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Job Details

Reports to: Financial Planning Manager

We are looking for a dynamic, proactive, project and systems accountant to support us through a journey of growth and internationalisation. This role will act as the primary point of contact for project and systems support to help ensure the organisation is able to deliver our projects in a financially sustainable manner, navigating a diversity of funding and financial models and making best use of our systems and processes. It will also support the ongoing development of Forum’s financial resilience through capacity building of all those involved in project delivery.

To thrive in this role you will enjoy building cross-organisational relationships and communicating with and managing wide ranges of stakeholder. You will be an exceptional problem solver, able to think laterally about solutions and be confident in implementing them. You will be comfortable working with, and developing systems, have strong excel skills and be adept at understanding data flow and managing large data sets. You will have an analytical mind to be able to spot patterns and understand trends and you will be comfortable simultaneously working in detail and considering the big picture

This will be the perfect role for a recently qualified accountant, looking to take the next step in their career in the not-for-profit sector. It will provide great experience working in a high-paced, fluid and internationally focused work environment as part of a small and highly effective non-profit focused on driving systems change to create a more just and regenerative future. In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making. We work as a close knit, dynamic, and supportive team.

We do not have an ‘ideal’ candidate in mind as we recognise and value the range of diverse experiences that people can bring to a role. If you do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the job description but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.

If this piqued your interest, please read on and apply to join our team. We look forward to receiving your application!

About Forum for the Future

Forum for the Future is an independent, international non-profit with a purpose to accelerate systems change for a just and regenerative future. We have a 25 year track record in partnering with pioneering companies who recognize that social and environmental issues are already shaping their business context today, and want to actively create the conditions for their future success.

In addition to working with these organisations one on one, we bring companies, NGOs, government representatives and others together to create action-oriented coalitions on particularly urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Examples include The Protein Challenge 2040, which is working to ensure we can feed 9 billion people with enough protein in the future; Cotton 2040, which is working to mainstream sustainable cotton; and The Net Positive Project, which is helping to create a movement of companies giving more back to society and the environment than what they take out. As a charity, we publicly share our learnings from this work through communications, events, and our School of System Change.

Forum has offices in London, New York, Mumbai and Singapore. We are a multicultural team of 80+ people and we operate as a global team, delivering both international and local projects.

Our work environment

We are inspired by the world in which we live and those with whom we share it. We celebrate the indivisibility of all life forms on Earth, are committed to the pursuit of equity, and seek to act justly in all we do. These values help build our common culture, shape our shared purpose and guide us in all actions and decisions. We believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful.

We enjoy working in teams, collaborating, and learning from each other. We are a dynamic, flexible and supportive team of people who care about each other’s wellbeing and the world around us.

At Forum, we aspire to foster positive team spirit and to provide the best possible working environment for all our staff; one that is based on highest standards of ethics, honesty, integrity, openness and transparency.

We are an inclusive organisation that encourages applications from across our diverse communities. We’re committed to building a team of capable and thriving people from all walks of life.     

Together we can reinvent the way the world works.

Application process – please read before applying

To find out more about this vacancy, please download and read the full job description.

Application deadline is 11.59 pm BST, 23 May 2021

We use the Applied platform because it is designed to reduce bias in our recruitment process. To apply for this job, we ask you to answer a few work-based questions. Please therefore read the application questions carefully and answer them in the space provided (250 words) to clearly demonstrate your understanding of the role, and how your skills and experience will enable you to thrive and deliver in this post in Forum for the Future

The Applied platform includes instructions on how to use the portal. Once you start your application you will be presented with a dashboard which helps you to track your progress and reminds you of the closing date for the application. As you complete sections you can draft and save your responses to review and submit when you are ready to (as long as you’re within our required application deadline).

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with Forum for the Future will be passed on to us for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee. For full details on how we collect and use your personal data please visit our privacy notice here.

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by Forum for the Future for no longer than 12 months after the application deadline has passed, at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

Please note:

All Forum employees are currently working remotely; once the offices re-open, we will return to working from our London Office. 

If you do not already hold the right to work in London and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working in the country, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you.

Company

Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future. We have 15 years’ experience inspiring new thinking, building creative partnerships and developing practical innovations to change our world. We aim to transform the critical systems that we all depend on, such as food, energy and finance, to make them fit for the challenges of the 21st century. 

Over the past 15 years, Forum for the Future has:
• changed the debate about sustainable business by highlighting the opportunities it offers, and been instrumental in altering the way leading companies operate – from Aviva to Unilever;
• trained thousands of leaders, across society, through our master classes and Masters Programme, so they are knowledgeable about sustainable development and equipped to face the global challenges like climate change and shortages of vital resources;
• promoted long-term thinking and created shared, positive visions of tomorrow with businesses, government and NGOs, through our ground-breaking futures and scenarios work;
• sparked innovation of new products, services and business models that will make our world more sustainable. 

However, in spite of our achievements and in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence, the challenge of increasing well-being within environmental limits is more acute than ever. Tackling global problems through small or isolated initiatives just won't deliver change at a speed or on a scale we need. 

We now want to transform the complex systems which serve our fundamental needs - such as food, energy and finance - so that they are fit for the 21st Century. And to do this, we are putting ‘systems innovation’ at the heart of our new strategy 

We do our best to make Forum for the Future a great place to work. For more information on working at Forum for the Future, please visit http://www.forumforthefuture.org/jobs

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