McGeorge Appointments
McGeorge Appointments

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Top job! Head of Finance and General Treasurer

  • Full time
  • £79,590 – £88,200
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th December 2023

The Organisation

Welcome to the Church of Scotland – one of Scotland’s largest charities which, for more than 4 centuries, has played a crucial role in maintaining the social fabric of Scottish society through the provision of extensive charitable, community and spiritual support. Proud of our long history, we are nonetheless a forward looking organisation that works closely not only with other churches across the globe, but a wide range of charities, interfaith networks and individuals alike. We continue to engage with both Government and civic society and thus add significantly to Scotland’s social capital.

The Opportunity

As a result of impending retirement, there now exists an exciting opportunity to join the organisation as Head of Finance and General Treasurer. Reporting directly to the Chief Officer as part of a tight-knit Senior Management Team, the Head of Finance will manage a team of approximately 30 people and have overall responsibility for the effective financial management and strategy of a £100m budget, whilst also providing financial oversight and services to several related parties. Duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Lead the development and delivery of a robust financial strategy and of effective financial governance, providing advice to a wide range of senior stakeholders
  • Work closely with all agencies and departments to develop a culture of value for money throughout the organisation
  • Prepare annual and five-year rolling budgets for all areas within the charity
  • Provide monthly management accounts, forecasts and other regular financial reports for all relevant stakeholders
  • Be responsible for the oversight of the production of the annual audited accounts of the charity plus separately incorporated charities
  • Oversee accounting systems and controls, ensuring that the charity meets its legal and regulatory obligations relating to financial and taxation matters; safeguarding the charity’s financial assets

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, it is envisaged that the successful candidate will be a fully qualified accountant with several years’ post-qualified experience as a Finance Director or equivalent in a relatively large and complex organisation. Experience of leading, inspiring, managing and developing large teams will be crucial to your success, as will be your ability to influence a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at a very senior level, primarily through the provision of timeous, meaningful and robust management information to better aid decision making. An outstanding communicator and empathetic listener, you will have the tact, diplomacy and nous to “bring people on the journey”. Experience of working in the charitable/third sector could be an advantage but is by no means essential.

The Next Steps

This is a very rare opportunity to play a hugely influential role for an organisation that is embedded in the social fabric of Scotland and as such, we are keen to speak with as many candidates from as diverse a background as possible. Therefore, should you be interested to know more about this role prior to submission of a formal application, please do not hesitate to contact our retained advisor, Ivan McGeorge, at McGeorge Appointments. All correspondence is treated in the strictest confidence and without obligation.