Head of Finance

Job Summary
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 15/03/2019 23:59
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Finance / Benefits / Revenues / Procurement
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Closing date:
15 Mar
Further Information

We are the Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC. We have grown to become one of the most pioneering sports charities in the Country, winning multiple awards for our ground-breaking sports, health, community and education programmes.

The Foundation of Light officially opened the Beacon of Light in September 2018, an iconic education and sports centre and home to the Foundation, offering a variety of exciting new opportunities for innovative and enthusiastic employees to help us to drive the charity forward. All of our projects use the power of football and sport to engage and develop local people, families and young people. There is no better time to join the award-winning Foundation of Light! We are a community charity and therefore welcome applications from all parts of the community to reflect our diverse work.

Ref: 002 Head of Finance (Full-Time)

The role is based in Sunderland at the Flagship Beacon of Light, home to the Foundation. Reporting into the Director of Finance and Support Services, you will head up both the operational and transactional Finance function.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a suitably experienced and qualified accountant (CIMA/ACA/ACCA) to join us at an exciting time in the Foundation’s growth journey, following the recent opening of the flagship Beacon of Light. The Head of Finance has full responsibility for the financial requirements of this dynamic, exciting and thriving group of charitable (not for profit) organisations (including the charity and two subsidiary trading companies).

The role is offered on a permanent basis. Ideally, applicants will have experience of producing statutory accounts for not for profit organisations under charity SORP. Sage 200 accounting system knowledge or equivalent is a prerequisite.

Key duties:

• Lead and manage a small team of finance professionals, providing ongoing coaching and development
• Ensuring all financial requirements are met and work at a senior level in the organisation with the ability to provide sound financial advice throughout
• Manage month end close across all business entities, review process improvement within team and business function, provide robust technical financial advice and guidance to a range of senior stakeholders

The Successful Applicant:

A Qualified Accountant with 5 years+ PQE, with a solid hands on experience of coaching and upskilling staff and a proven track record of embedding a high performing culture.

Excellent IT skills, experience of preparing monthly and annual financial accounts, budget preparation and forecasting as well as dealing with external reporting requirements will also be required. Multi-tasking, prioritising, exceptional planning. In addition to your experience as a qualified accountant (CIMA/ACA/ACCA) you will hold a Management qualifications (working towards or the commitment to undertake will be considered). To be successful, you will possess at least three years’ supervisory/management experience, be a consummate Finance professional and be able to work at a strategic level as part of the Senior Leadership Team of the Foundation. You must be technically strong, with high attention to detail and possess a positive, resilient attitude

Application packs can be downloaded from our website www.foundationoflight.co.uk

CVs are not accepted.

Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.

The closing date is Friday 15th March 2019

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

If you are successful you can look forward to ongoing training opportunities, competitive salary and a range of benefits including Cycle to Work scheme, contributory pension and opportunities for reward and recognition.

Appointments will be subject to thorough identity checks and, where appropriate, an immediate application for an enhanced DBS Check Foundation of Light is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Foundation of Light · Beacon of Light · Stadium Park · Sunderland · SR5 1SN
Tel: 0191 563 4777 · Registered Charity No 1089333

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This job is closed for applications.