Finance Director

Location: London, Greater London
Sector: Charity
Date Posted: 07/05/2024
Salary: £70,000 - £75,000 per year
Specialism: Finance
Ref: RB35509
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The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) are pleased to be exclusively partnering with Robertson Bell in their search for a Finance Director to join their close-knit, dynamic team on a permanent basis, in this newly revamped role. The Holocaust Educational Trust’s mission is to ensure that people from every background are educated about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.

They are seeking an experienced, strategic accounting professional to work with the Treasurer, Chief Executive and Managing Director, to devise and implement the Trust’s finance strategy, to ensure they have the resources they need to deliver their charitable objectives. The Finance Director will be responsible for ensuring an effective finance function; leading on the financial management of the Trust; overseeing financial compliance and governance; and the development and oversight of our Financial Strategy.

The organisation:

HET work to make sure that the millions who were murdered in this dark period of history are remembered, and honour those who survived and continue to tell the world of their experiences. Since 1988, the Holocaust Educational Trust has worked with schools, universities and communities around the UK to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust.

Through their flagship programme, the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, tens of thousands of young people have had the opportunity to see for themselves the site of the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. They return inspired and passionate about ensuring that the legacy of the Holocaust continues for generations to come.

The key duties of the Director of Finance are as follows:

  • Support the CEO and Senior Leadership Team in developing HET's organisational strategy and plans, ensuring they are financially sustainable.
  • Play a key role in the senior management team and attend and present at various Committee and Board meetings.
  • Prepare and present accurate and timely financial data and supporting narrative including strategic plans, budgets, management accounts, and live forecasts, updated monthly or as required.
  • Support in the creation of, and challenging on, departmental budgets; presenting budget to Board and budget holders.
  • Lead on the financial side of grant and contract reporting and applications.
  • Work with the wider team to ensure procurement procedures are getting value for money and contracts are financially sound.
  • Maintaining a high standard of strict internal controls.
  • Ensuring financial policies are complete; reviewed and updated.
  • Effectively line manage the Finance Manager and support their, and the wider Finance team’s, development. 
  • Support the Finance team in the implementation and use of the new Finance System.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A recognised accounting qualification.
  • Significant strategic and business planning experience, scenario planning and investment management.
  • Expert knowledge of financial control procedures, SORP and charity accounting.
  • Experience of presenting complex financial information to Trustees and Board of Management as well as to non-finance managers. 
  • Proven leadership skills and management skills.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including sound report writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience in new systems implementation / change management.

This is a hybrid role based in London, offering opportunities to work from home up to three days per week. The closing date for applications is on Sunday 2nd June with first stage interviews taking place the week commencing the 10th June. Applications will be under continuous review before then so please don’t delay in submitting your CV for consideration!

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