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Financial Controller

Location: United Kingdom
Sector: Charity
Date Posted: 10/11/2021
Salary: £50,000 - £55,000 per year
Specialism: Finance
Ref: RB18515
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Independent Age is partnering exclusively with Robertson Bell to recruit to a Financial Controller on a permanent, full-time basis. Independent Age is a national charity founded over 150 years ago with a clear mission to ensure that as we grow older, we all have the opportunity to live well with dignity, choice and purpose.

If you are an experienced charity finance professional, who is a collaborative team player, able to inspire your team and champion the charity’s values we would love to hear from you!

This is an exciting time to join the charity as we work on our new ambitious strategy for 2021-2023 and increase our profile, impact and reach so more people can live a happy, connect and purposeful later life.

The Financial Controller plays a vital role in Independent Age’s Finance Team. Reporting into the Head of Finance and managing a small team of three the Financial Controller will be responsible for all aspects of financial and management accounting of the charity and its subsidiaries. Working in close collaboration with the Systems Accountant and the Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant, you will support the charity in the delivery of strategic goals and ensure objectives are met with maximum impact.

The key responsibilities will be:

  • Produce insightful regular financial reporting, including income, expenditure, balance sheet, cashflow and other relevant metrics. Present reports to senior stakeholders, with a focus on clear communication of financial matters to all.
  • Proactive ownership of the balance sheet, ensuring an efficient & effective month end process and that our financial information gives a true & fair view.
  • Lead the year end process, including the production of the annual financial statements and preparation for the external audit.
  • Attend the Finance & Resources Committee meeting and produce the minutes of those meetings.
  • Work together with the Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant to manage the annual financial planning cycle, providing guidance & support to budget holders.
  • Work together with the Financial Planning & Analysis Accountant to provide business partnering to a range of internal stakeholders.
  • Manage the charity’s cash flow, ensuring adequate liquidity whilst maximising interest receivable and investment returns.
  • Ensure secure administration of the charity’s investments, ensuring compliance with investment and reserves policies.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant financial regulations, including the Charity SORP, Gift Aid, VAT and corporate tax requirements.
  • Develop and lead a high performing team, setting clear targets and encouraging personal development.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Professional accounting qualification ACA/ACCA/CIMA with post qualification experience.
  • Experience of working in the charity sector, a good understanding of sector issues, the charity SORP, and the preparation of statutory accounts for not-for-profit entities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of internal controls, core accounting systems and management of the year end process, including audit.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to build highly effective relationships with stakeholders and build trust through delivery of commitments
  • Strong people manager who can lead and inspire their team, enable people to perform to the best of their abilities and organise and prioritise the team workload
  • A demonstrable passion for, and affinity with, our cause. 

The position will be based at Independent Ages’s head office opposite Kensington Olympia and will offer incredibly flexible working, including regular homeworking. The closing date is 24th November. Applications will be under constant review before the closing date so please submit your application to our exclusive search agent Robertson Bell. Apply now to be considered!

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