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Financial Controller

Amnesty International UK
City of London
Up to £61537 per annum + 35 days holiday (including BH)
Closing date
9 May 2024

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Finance & Legal
Human Rights
Full Time
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Amnesty International UK (AIUK) has a simple aim: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they are denied. If you want to use your skills, knowledge, and experience to be successful in this role, you could be our Financial Controller.

About the role

With an income of over 31 million pounds last year, the work of our Finance Team is vital in supporting the wider organisation and enabling us to put our funds to the best possible use.

Reporting to the Head of Finance, and with management responsibly for a team of five, you will ensure all financial information, systems and controls are of the highest integrity and that we remain compliant with all finance related legislation and best practice. You will oversee the processing of income and expenditure, seeking efficiencies and ensuring our processes support compliance with our policies. You will collaborate and build relationships with teams across the organisation, advising both finance and non-finance staff on taxation and other technical issues, and developing finance skills and confidence across the organisation.

You will take primary responsibility for producing our annual accounts and other statutory returns. You will lead relationships with a range of external stakeholders, including auditors, tax advisers and our bankers.

More details can be found by downloading the job description from our careers portal.

The role may be for you if:

  • You are qualified with a recognised accounting qualification or substantial experience, having detailed technical knowledge of financial accounting, VAT and financial controls.
  • You are an experienced line manager looking to step up into a senior financial management position in an exciting organisation.
  • You have the skills to operate in a modern digital workplace, with a good understanding of financial software and systems, and experience of embracing new digital tools to foster collaboration and enhanced productivity.
  • You enjoy communicating complex financial information both in statutory accounts and regulatory returns, and to stakeholders who may not have a strong financial background.
  • You collaborate and positively contribute to an inclusive culture

Our Commitment to you

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) are at the core of our values. We want to be an organisation that tackles structural inequality and prejudice as well as be an actively anti-racist organisation. This means taking a meaningful and equitable approach to supporting and developing you and others during your time with us.

New colleagues receive 27 days leave annually (29 after five years), as well as bank holidays (pro rated for part time) and 3 wellbeing days. 2-5% employee pension contributions are matched at 6-9% and we offer 6 months full pay for family leave. We offer flexible working such as compressed work patterns and job shares.

Apply for this role

This vacancy advert may be taken down from job boards earlier than the stated deadline if a high standard of applications is received (if you have started an application in our portal, you will still have opportunity to complete it by the original deadline).

We welcome applications from everyone and particularly encourage applications from people from an ethnic minority background, and people with a disability to help us achieve a balanced representation in our workforce, especially at senior grades.

To reduce bias in our shortlisting process, AIUK operates an anonymised application process. If for any reason you prefer to apply in a different format, or require adjustments in the process, please get in touch. To support all candidates to perform their best at interview, we send questions 24 hours in advance. We are a disability confident organisation.

Visit for application guidance and information on benefits, recruitment inclusion and hybrid working.


Amnesty International UK (AUIK) is part of a worldwide movement working to promote respect for human rights, as set out in 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty in the UK is headquartered in London but also has offices in Edinburgh and Belfast. A membership organisation, Amnesty International UK has around 170 employees across its three locations and 207,000 supporters and members.

Amnesty was founded in England in 1961 by barrister Peter Benenson. It now has an estimated seven million members, supporters and activists in more than 150 countries. In the UK, Amnesty is actually two legal entities - Amnesty International United Kingdom Section, a limited company which undertakes campaigning work in the UK, and Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust, a registered charity which funds some of the projects undertaken in the UK and globally. These two organisations form Amnesty International UK, one of 68 national entities in the Amnesty International movement.

Amnesty’s mission is to undertake research and action aimed at exposing, preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights. It concentrates on ending abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination.

Supporters are integral to Amnesty’s work in standing up for people whose rights are abused. This work involves helping to release prisoners, change discriminatory laws, compensate victims of abuse and provide moral support. Two main methods are used. Supporters receive Urgent Action appeals from around the world. This could be to stop an imminent execution or protect prisoners from torture. In 2015, the 10,000 supporters in AUIK’s Urgent Action Network took action in 629 cases, by for example, sending a letter, email or text.

In 2015, UK supporters also took action in 96 long-term cases. Human Rights issues here included enforced disappearance, torture and restrictions on freedom of expression.

Amnesty also promotes awareness of human rights through means such as public events, fundraising activities and multimedia outreach. In 2015, AUIK demanded protection from torture for people in state custody, opposed proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act in Britain and pressured the UK government to meet its responsibilities to Syrian refugees.

Amnesty in the UK has around 170 employees and has received a number of commendations for its treatment of staff. The organisation has received an outstanding 1 star status from the Best Companies accreditation scheme for high levels of workplace engagement. In 2011, AUIK was a finalist in the Best Employer Category in the Third Sector Excellence Awards. And AUIK was voted by students the most popular graduate employer in the charity and not for profit sector in a 2014 Guardian newspaper survey.

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020 7033 1777
Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre,
17-25 New Inn Yard,

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