Interim Financial Controller

Robertson Bell are excited to be exclusively partnering with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in their recruitment of an Interim Financial Controller for a period of 9 months.

RSPB is a leading conservation charity based in Sandy, Bedfordshire which is currently celebrating it’s 130th year in existence. With an income of £140m last year, they are now the largest conservation charity in the UK, boasting 1.2 million members. They have more than 2,000 employees, 12,000 volunteers and now manage more than 200 nature reserves in the UK as well as carrying out research and policy advisory work to raise awareness around the world.

Reporting into a dynamic and driven Head of Finance the Interim Financial Controller will ensure robust Financial Control within the organisation as they go through an exciting period of change as well as bridge a skillset gap until they undertake a permanent recruitment process in 2020. Operating within a talented team of c.30 the main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead the year-end process, pulling together the accounts from several subsidiaries in the organisation.
  • Be the main point of contact with the auditors, managing this process and any requests they may have.
  • Take the group accounts through to audit sign off stage and deal with any queries from the trustees.
  • Field all enquiries related to tax and specifically VAT for the organisation being the go-to person in finance for these questions.

The successful candidate will be a fully qualified (CCAB) accountant with excellent technical accounting skills and the ability to manage complex processes with multiple factions involved in it’s delivery. You will have led on numerous year ends and understand the charity accounting requirements in addition to likely queries from auditors. In addition to the above skills, you will be immediately available or available on short notice due to the looming year-end and the preparation that is needed in advance of this.

This will be a highly sought-after role that will garner a lot of interest as it is a genuinely career enhancing opportunity to add a household name to your CV so please do not delay in applying.

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