Finance Director

  • Location

    City of London

  • Specialism:

    Accountancy & Finance

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  • Salary:

    £120,000 per year

  • Contact:

    Robert Anderson

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  • Contact phone:

    020 3800 1434

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  • Published:

    15 days ago

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​Altum Consulting is delighted to be partnering with FILE Foundation in its search for a new Finance Director to provide support, infrastructure, and act as a true Finance Business Partner in facilitating its ambitious growth plans.

Founded in 2018 to use the law on a global basis to protect the environment and operating through grant-giving to partner charities, FILE Foundation requires a Finance Director to help drive the organisation forward as it grows at pace. The successful candidate will be required to possess a strong strategic mind, while also being able to deal with the challenges of working in a start-up type environment, growing a team and contributing technically when required.

​Reporting to the Director, Global Programmes and Operations, you will lead FILE’s financial strategy, planning, financial stewardship and control, whilst providing a wide range of strategic business support, financial analysis and information to FILE’s Board, management and donors. This will include line management of 3 existing members of staff.

Duties include:

  • Providing sound financial advice to the Chief Executive, Directors and donors, acting as the leading interface between management and donors on financial matters.

  • Leading on the development and implementation of FILE’s long term strategic financial planning and annual budgeting processes.

  • Facilitating FILE Foundation’s growth plans by ensuring sound finance systems and infrastructure is in place.

  • Working with the Finance Business Partner, lead on the development of financial reports to management and donors, ensuring that accountability to key stakeholders is maintained for all activities.

  • Working closely with the Financial Controller to oversee the annual Statutory Accounts for all FILE entities, including overseeing audit as needed.

  • Act as the lead external interface with stakeholders (which might include donors, grantees, banks, auditors, pension funds and investment consultants).

  • FILE’s Finance Business partner unit, ensuring that granting decisions are taken with a risk-based approach, in line with FILE policies and governance structure.

  • Participate in FILE’s grant processes to ensure that FILE’s granting is made sustainably, with excellent value for money, whilst enabling FILE partners to achieve their impact objectives.

  • Ensuring appropriate risk management techniques and financial controls are embedded throughout the organisation, related entities at strategic and operational levels, and across jurisdictions.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a fully qualified chartered accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent), with significant demonstrable experience.

  • Have both a commercial and strategic mind as well as a track record of delivering excellent financial reporting and decision-making support to both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Possess excellent leadership skills and communication skills including the ability to act as a subject matter expert within finance and externally, build relationships with stakeholders across the organisation as well as mentoring and growing a team.

  • Be a resilient individual, confident when working with passionate and intelligent individuals across different disciplines.

  • Have strong influencing skills and able to contribute effectively to strategy.

  • Demonstrate the ability to grow a world-class finance function to support an ambitious organisation in realising its goals.

​To apply for this role please submit your CV today. Altum Consulting is managing the process and will conduct first-stage interviews based on the job description and person specification between now and December 14th, when a shortlist will be presented to FILE Foundation, with a view for final stage interview to be conducted in January and an offer made to the successful candidate thereafter.