Head of Finance - The Trussell Trust - CLOSED

Posted 10 March 2023
Salary £73,600
LocationFlexible Working Arrangements

Job description

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The Trussell Trust is an amazing place to work – but we wish it didn’t have to exist, because we don’t believe that a charity like ours should be needed at all.

Though we hoped that the huge spike in food bank use during the pandemic might fall away once the crisis had passed, the figures tell an increasingly worrying story. 1.3m emergency food parcels were given out between April and September 2022, with half a million of them distributed to children. This is an increase of 52% compared to the same period in 2019. Over the same period, more than 320,000 people were forced to turn to food banks in the Trussell Trust network for the first time, and one in five of those individuals are in households where someone is working. For the first time, need for emergency food is outpacing food donations, as the cost of living emergency is leading to a drastic increase in the number of people turning to food banks for support.

Our work of changing communities, changing policy and changing minds about poverty and destitution has therefore never been more important. This role will see you play a vital part in ensuring that we’re running the most efficient, effective organisation possible. Reporting to the Director of Corporate Services (and sitting on the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee), you’ll have overarching responsibility for finance, facilities including Health & Safety and financial planning – including medium and long-term financial strategy. But it’s far from a merely reactive role: as a key leader of our continuous improvement culture, we also want you to identify where better financial information, monitoring or reporting could make a positive difference, and work with colleagues to design and deliver solutions that maximise these opportunities.

Candidates will be qualified accountants (or comparably experienced) and finance professionals, with a sophisticated understanding of charities SORPs, tax, asset management and compliance, particularly in relation to donor management lifecycle and grant-making. You’ll be wholly service-focused, with an inspiring ability to demonstrate how your teams’ work contributes to our wider strategic ambitions. On a day-to-day basis you’ll exemplify the perfect balance between creative and flexible business support, and robust and rigorous practice. You’ll have personal experience of how building strong relationships across an organisation creates a positive ‘multiplier effect’, and will make a powerful contribution to building our tactical and strategic capacity.

We actively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBTQIA+, from racially minoritized communities such as  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, who have a faith other than Christianity or none, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions and those with a lived experience of poverty as well as any other under-represented group in our workforce. We are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of our employees from all forms of harm.

Please visit http://www.trusselltrust-finance.co.uk/ to find out more.

For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Debs Thomas or Alex MacLeod at trusselltrust-finance@cadencepartners.co.uk.