Robertson Bell is delighted to be working with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to recruit a new Finance Director.
The successful applicant will be a fully qualified and experienced finance professional with the ability to influence the CITB Executive Team by contributing your strategic and commercial acumen.
Operating at a senior level, and reporting to the Chief Finance Officer, you will be joining CITB at an exciting time of change. The Board has recently approved a new three-year business plan (2018/19 to 2020/21) which is focused on delivering our Mission: To attract and support the development of people to construct a better Britain and on our Vision: For British construction to have a recognised, world-class, innovative approach to developing its workforce to deliver quality in the built environment.
CITB is a public body and a registered charity. We are sponsored by the Department for Education. CITB has a non-executive board of trustees which is responsible to the DfE for the stewardship of the organisation. As a ‘Levy In, Skills Out’ organisation CITB raises c.£300m per year, mainly from industry, in order to invest in the skills of the GB construction sector. We currently employ 1,300 people and this number will reduce significantly over the next three years as a result of transformation where we move to a new business model. This programme of change has strong support from both industry and government.
Specifics of the role
CITB is implementing a radical new business model and outsourcing many corporate services. The Finance Team is part of this implementation process. The successful candidate will have a timely opportunity to lead, shape, and influence the outsourced business model. You will lead the existing team of 70 people through a cultural and business change whilst also focusing on the design of the retained service organisation and the key deliverables thereafter.
As FD, you will ensure the organisation operates strong financial in-year control and deliver a ‘clean’ set of Annual Report and Accounts working within CITB, the Audit & Risk Committee as well as building an effective relationship with the National Audit Office. You will mature a new approach to financial forecasting and accountability throughout the organisation and build the capability of the business partner teams.
You will be at the heart of embedding a new approach to business planning and ongoing performance management (using visual management and ‘lean’ / continuous improvement techniques) within your own team and sponsoring that within the wider CITB.
You will have the opportunity to become a member of, and indeed influence the Corporate Performance Leadership Team and the CITB Leadership Team. You will interact regularly with the CITB Executive Team with regard to financial and performance management and the Audit Committee with regard to financial control and leading on the Annual Report & Accounts.
You will be an inspiring team leader.
Specifics of the person
You will be experienced in leading a Finance function as well as being an agile thinker who is able to work at all levels and be able to lead significant cultural change. As a leader of a function, and a corporate champion, you will role model CITB’s behaviours:
- Team – We are one CITB: this means being one team, having one goal, sharing, being respectful, supportive, and giving praise and recognition.
- Accountability – We own the issue: This is about taking personal responsibility, holding ourselves to account and making sure we deliver to each other and to customers every time.
- Customer – We exceed expectations: To do this we need to anticipate our customers’ needs, look to understand their requirements, respond, deliver and go further.
- Adaptability – We adapt to the future: To be able to adapt to what the future has in store for us we need to be open minded, committed, and looking to continuously learn and improve.
- Leadership – We set the agenda: We want to be proactive, anticipate, be first, be can-do, confident and bold – we want to be the leaders in all that we do.
This role is a unique opportunity to help shape an organisation at the heart of the national agenda to improve skills and careers. You will be key in building effective, open, mutually beneficial relationships with enabling partners to deliver great services.