- Overall responsibility of Young Epilepsy's finance and accounting strategy
- Member of the Executive Leadership Team
About Our Client
Young Epilepsy has 120 years of experience of working to improve the lives of children and young people with epilepsy and associated conditions. Originally known as St Piers it was founded in 1897 by a group of London based clergy who bought the farm site in Lingfield initially to provide training for adults with learning disabilities to help them find employment. The organisation also started to work with children with disabilities and over time specialised more in epilepsy and associated conditions providing education and care as well as medical treatment. The organisation has always been at the forefront of innovative approaches to education and health care for children with epilepsy.
In the UK today over 112,000 children and young people have epilepsy, and it is the most common neurological condition in childhood, and yet it is still poorly supported and widely misunderstood. They have a strong track record in outstanding clinical research to achieve better treatment in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL-Institute Of Child Health which is led under the stewardship of their Prince of Wales Chair in Childhood epilepsy; Professor Helen Cross OBE.
Through the delivery of excellent and integrated education, health and care services they provide integrated support for young people with epilepsy. They do this predominantly on a 65 acre campus at Lingfield, Surrey, where over 200 students benefit from a unique and holistic range of on-site facilities including St Piers College, St Piers School, residential houses, farm and a horticultural centre. In addition they have access to some of the best assessment and rehabilitation facilities in the UK. With over 850 staff and a turnover of c£25 million, they also achieve more value through the work of a strong fund raising team
Their further ambition is to be a truly national organisation that really makes a difference at a UK wide level as well as being "best in class" in terms of the existing local services. Epilepsy is a complex condition and they want to ensure that all young people living with the condition get the right information advice and support no matter where they live in the UK.
We are seeking a highly professional and fully qualified Director of Finance to take overall responsibility of Young Epilepsy's finance and accounting strategy and provide an integrated financial and business planning model.
Reporting to the Chief Executive and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Director of Finance will provide the strategic leadership for driving solution focused approaches to the financial, overall organisational business planning and legal governance functions. The Director of Finance will also be responsible for leading on the development of innovative technological solutions to support Young Epilepsy in its strategic plans.
Key responsibilities include:
- Provide leadership and management of Finance and IT teams including development of the team structures
- Take overall delivery of the Charity's accounting function and annual accounts
- Develop charity business plans challenging assumptions, and decision making as appropriate
- To ensure that the business plan is costed and updated regularly and that pricing models are fit for purpose
- Lead on large scale financial planning issues
- Provide financial analysis and guidance on plans, targets and business drivers
- Define, develop and implement business planning processes and provide recommendations for improvements
- Ensure budgeting processes are carried out and reviewed
- Ensure management of the Charity's pension schemes
- Lead on develop of organisation IT strategy to support charity's operations
- To act as company secretary
This Job Description is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonable and appropriate tasks.
Young Epilepsy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The Successful Applicant
You must be a Qualified Accountant (ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA) with sound financial acumen and extensive senior level financial and business experience including advising Boards and organisations on performance, supported by a track record of implementing robust financial controls and managing financial risk. You must be capable of high-level strategic decisions, yet able to have a day-to-day operational hands-on approach.
Excellent communication skills with exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills are essential. You will have proven experience of leading and managing multi-disciplinary staff teams for high performance, a highly collaborative style, be professional in approach, and a strong team player.
Proven experience of managing and implementing change management programmes and a knowledge of effective IT solutions to support business requirements are also essential.
Previous experience working in the charitable sector is not essential however a working knowledge of Charity Law and Charity Commission requirements, and of Company Law would be an asset. What is essential is good commercial acumen with clarity of the charities core objectives and a strong personal commitment to the mission and values of Young Epilepsy.
What's on Offer
£80,000 - £90,000 + benefits starting salary will be dependent on skills and experience.
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