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Head of Finance Operations (12 month maternity cover)

Christians Against Poverty
Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Description
Context: CAP is a national charity that is driven to help release people from debt, poverty and their causes through partnering with local churches.
We do this by providing a variety of services: CAP Debt Help, CAP Job Clubs, CAP Release Groups and CAP Life Skills. We also help churches teach basic budgeting and money management skills through our CAP Money course. Our debt help service involves holding client assets and, since April 2014, has been regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.The continued success of our work rests on a bedrock of vital background functions, which includes the finance department.
Purpose: The finance department is going through an exciting period of transformation. Working alongside the Director of Finance, Risk & Compliance and the Head of Finance Business Partnering, this role will help shape the strategy and delivery of excellent forward-facing financial planning, statutory and regulatory reporting, costing and client asset management. This role will be responsible for identifying opportunities for continuous improvement whilst driving efficiencies across the finance department.
Taking ownership of providing potential solutions to enable us to strengthen our core financial processes, from both a systems and process perspective, whilst encouraging thought and challenge around our current ways of working. This role will take accountability for the oversight and management control of the Finance Operations team, providing outstanding customer service to both our internal and external customers and stakeholders.
Passion: We are extremely passionate about providing excellent service to our multitude of internal and external stakeholders.
Personality: We are dedicated, enthusiastic and take a professional approach to our work, within a relaxed, supportive environment.

Build and develop a strong finance operations function with robust internal and external controls through active line management and regular training.
Drive the annual statutory reporting process - developing a clear timeline, planning and negotiating with our internal communications team to deliver a high quality annual report for trustee approval and sign off.
Lead the external audit process, negotiating fees, timetables and take the lead role in all meetings with the Audit Partner and their team.
Use judgement to consider whether audit responses should be challenged or accepted.
Prepare action plans and report audit findings to the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.
Oversee the CASS annual audit process, which includes negotiating fees, timetables.
Develop and deliver comprehensive and insightful regular balance sheet reporting and forecasting (capital expenditure, cashflow, liabilities and reserves) to support the financial sustainability of CAP, highlighting risks or opportunities to enable informed decision making by Core Team and the Board.
Identify and implement process and system improvements, shaping and improving the effectiveness of the finance operations team.
Take the leading role in the finance ledger system replacement procurement, design & implementation.
Provide support to ensure key operational and financial targets are delivered Develop, recommend and implement cash and capital management systems and reporting.
Provide assessments of capital expenditure business cases and strategic opportunities to support and influence decision making.
Support the month end and annual accounting processes to ensure accurate reporting of the financial performance.
Advise the Finance Director on technical areas of expertise, undertaking research as required, in particular financial reporting, VAT and tax.
Provide Financial Accounting advice and support to the Head of Finance Business Partnering in the preparation of budgets.

Skills required

A strategic thinker, able to plan and forecast with an exceptional level of organisational awareness.
Ability to interpret technical accounting regulations into everyday language.
Demonstrable effective influencing skills at a senior level
Significant understanding of financial control and risk
Excellent technical finance and accounting knowledge
Demonstrate strong understanding of business needs and relevant application of accounting standards
Good strategic insight and understanding of organisational aims
Possess a problem solving, analytical mindset with a high level of attention to detail
Excellent communicator and presentation skills, both verbally and in writing
Strong excel skills and use of data manipulation tools
Ability to prioritise and manage own workloads, be organised, have a flexible working style and enjoy working to tight deadlines
Ability to lead a team in actively promoting the cultural values of CAP

Educational requirements

At least 3 years experience at a senior level within a finance/accountancy environment
Senior level financial accounting experience. Experience of reviewing controls & processes
Experience of leading the annual accounts & audit process Experience of leading teams to meet key objectives or targets
Desirable Senior level financial accounting experience in a not-for-profit organisation
Experience of installing/upgrading accounting systems
Prior experience of working in a CASS 11 environment

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