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Head of Finance

Initially an agile role based anywhere in the UK
£50,186 to £59,042 p.a + London weighting of £3,285 p.a if applicable.
Closing date
23 Jun 2021
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UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. Our mission is to find social entrepreneurs with bold solutions to today’s challenges. Through funding and support, we help them to realise their potential and creating lasting change.

UnLtd’s vision is a future where enterprising people are transforming our world for good. To enable this, we are committed to developing an eco-system of support to make it easier for those who need help to find it.

UnLtd values diversity and is committed to inclusion and understanding intersectionality. These are more than just buzz words for us. They are principles guiding how we build our teams, support leaders, empower social entrepreneurs and create an organisation that is the right fit for every person.

To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their lived experiences and ideas, we have embedded an equity and inclusion group within UnLtd giving us a wide range of different perspectives in our work to help us see what is most needed in society.  We are particularly keen to hear from those who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, LGBTQIA, those with a disability, impairment, learning difference, those with caring responsibilities, from a less advantaged socioeconomic background as well as any other under-represented group in our workforce.

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Head of Finance

Terms:  Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £50,186 to £59,042 per annum plus London weighting of £3,285 per annum if applicable

Location: Due to Covid-19, this is initially an agile role so you can be based anywhere in the UK. Once we start to re-open our offices for staff, you are welcome to use one of the UnLtd office hubs in London, Bradford or Birmingham, or a satellite office in Scotland or Northern Ireland. We welcome applications from anywhere across the UK and are open to discuss flexible working, including working from home.

We are seeking a fully qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) with strong technical finance understanding that can be evidenced through experience.

The Head of Finance will work closely with the Director of Corporate Services to lead the delivery of the day-to-day finance function and contribute to the strategic growth of our organisation.

Ensuring that financial information and processes are well understood by non-finance colleagues will be a key element of this role. You will manage the Finance team and ensure statutory accounting and other financial compliance requirements are met.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the robustness and effectiveness of the charity’s financial control systems
  • Help develop finance systems to support new business areas, specifically investment fund management system
  • Support the business and partnership development of the organisation
  • Ensure high standard and timely financial reporting
  • Review and improve on the efficiency of the financial processes
  • Lead and motivate the Finance Officer and Finance Assistant, working closely with them to ensure they are supported and developed

You will have:

  • Experience of drafting annual statutory accounts
  • Experience in creating and managing investment funds
  • Experience in managing a payment process for grants
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant financial legislation, accounting conventions and best practice
  • Experience in line managing people

Application Closing Date:  Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 5pm

First round of interviews:  Monday 5th July 2021

Final interviews:                  Expected to be on Friday 9th July 2021                                       

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


UnLtd's Millennium Awards are funded by the income generated from an investment of £100 million given by the Millennium Commission, one of the National Lottery distributors. This legacy is carefully invested as a permanent endowment so that it generates sufficient income to fund UnLtd Millennium Awards in perpetuity.

UnLtd also raises substantial further funds from government, lottery distributors, trusts and companies, to develop further support for social entrepreneurs in themed areas of interest. Our new initiatives, from Young UnLtd to investment readiness, to the RISE programme for refugee entrepreneurs, break new ground and together create the world’s largest scheme of support for social entrepreneurs. Our research work learns from experience of supporting 1000 people each year, and is a key source of learning in the sector. Our networks of pro bono support and peer to peer skill sharing extend to the top companies and across the globe. This is one of the most inspiring, innovative and exciting places to work, and a role which backs the people who are the solutions to our society’s problems. 

UnLtd’s work

UnLtd’s mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live. We call these people social entrepreneurs. We believe that individuals have the potential to make positive change in the world and we believe in the value of social entrepreneurs across the spectrum, from local- to world- changing. We are a unique and dynamic organisation, helping people create change at grass-roots level, where it really makes a difference.  UnLtd offers three main levels of support that is tailored to each individual’s needs:

Level 1 Awards are aimed at individuals who have an idea which will change society for the better, and want help getting it off the ground. The money (of between £500 and £5,000) is to help get the project up and running, and is backed by development support. 

Level 2 Awards are for individuals whose ideas are already off the ground and now want help taking the project to the next level. The funds (of between £10,000 and £20,000) are to enable the social entrepreneur to work full time on their venture, and are backed by more intensive development support and networking.

Our Ventures team also provides consultancy support and larger awards to a very small number of outstanding (Level 3) social entrepreneurs, helping them to scale up or replicate their projects.

UnLtd Ventures helps these social entrepreneurs to build their capacity and skills as leaders and managers, to get them investment ready, and to help them to develop projects and organisations with robust infrastructures.

UnLtd Research has been set up to measure the impact of our work and the impact our Award Winners have on their communities.  We aim to translate this knowledge into tools and performance metrics, facilitating value-added networks of social entrepreneurs, and raising public awareness. We also disseminate the results of our work for the benefit of national policy makers to bring about changes in society at large and internally for business development purposes.

We are extending our reach all the time, through new programmes and partnerships. Examples of current programmes include the UnLtd Sport Relief Awards (funded by Comic Relief); the RISE refugee programme (50% funded by the Home Office); Young UnLtd (supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Vodafone Global Foundation, V and DCSF), and a series of locality based schemes in deprived or isolated neighbourhoods.  UnLtd employs over 60 staff, based in seven offices throughout the UK.

Our Award Winners UnLtd Award Winners come from diverse backgrounds, cultures and locations; what they have in common is a desire to change the world. That doesn’t mean they necessarily develop complex, global solutions to large-scale issues; often, social entrepreneurs simply take a problem in their own community and make a commitment to tackle it. This may lead to something bigger, or it may not; what makes a true social entrepreneur is that they have the will to make a difference, the vision to know how to go about it and the determination to make that vision happen. 

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