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Finance Manager

  • Full time
  • £41,888
  • Craigmillar, Edinburgh
  • Closing 29th May 2023

  • Advertised from 16th May 2023
  • 39 hours per week. Permanent
  • plus generous benefits package
  • Job Ref: FM233


If you’re looking to use your excellent accountancy, leadership and communication skills within a pioneering health and wellbeing charity, where two days are never the same, then this could be the role for you.

About Thistle

At Thistle we believe in a world of inclusion, free of isolation and loneliness, where a health crisis doesn’t mean a life crisis.

Our charity supports people with disabilities and long-term health conditions; to lead good lives and achieve what matters most to them. We believe that everyone in Scotland should have access to our person-centred approach to health and wellbeing.

About the Role

This role will be key in leading, developing, and managing the Finance function to support the delivery of Thistle’s strategic objectives and provide a professional, supportive, and responsive Finance service across the organisation. It will involve working closely with the operational teams in Supported Living and Health & Wellbeing, as well as colleagues right across the organisation including others in our ‘back-office’, known collectively as Thistle Hub.

  • Lead the Finance function to manage our financial operations effectively and in accordance with OSCR and statutory regulations.
  • Responsibility for reporting to the Leadership Team and Trustees on the financial position, delivering monthly management accounts, the annual budget and regular reforecasts.
  • Have overall responsibility for financial and management accounting including sales, purchase and nominal ledgers, payroll, cash management, internal reporting and financial systems.
  • Contribute to multi-year financial planning, preparing budgets for new projects and services.
  • Prepare statutory accounts and other statutory returns, and lead on the annual audit.
  • Lead, coach, develop and manage the finance team, ensuring that the team has an appropriate and relevant skill mix and experience, and promote a positive culture of continuous improvement.
  • Identify and implement improved processes and controls and delegate work effectively within the team.
  • Contribute effectively as a member of the Extended Leadership Team (ELT)

Who we’re looking for

Are you an experienced accountant who welcomes the opportunity to work in an organisation which supports people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to enable them to lead good lives and achieve what matters most to them? Do you have experience managing multiple income streams and cost centres, and in preparing budgets, forecasts and management accounts?

Do you have excellent communication skills to build relationships with colleagues at all levels across Thistle? Can you support budget holders with their financial planning and reporting?

You will have a track record of leading and managing a team effectively, and a professional and ethical approach combined with pragmatism. If you are passionate about providing an excellent customer-focussed service, developing both yourself and others, and enjoy working closely with colleagues in all areas of the organisation then you will find Thistle an exciting and rewarding place to work.

If you thrive in a fast-paced, varied role, where you can make a real difference, we would love to hear from you.

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What we offer

  • The opportunity to work with a fun and friendly team focused on making a difference in the lives of people living in communities across Scotland
  • Hybrid working between and our award winning offices in Craigmillar, Edinburgh and home
  • Learning and development opportunities including our internal leadership development programme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • 35 days of annual leave
  • Free Thistle Gym membership
  • Membership of the HSF Health & Benefits Plan

Application notes

Please send a CV and covering letter about you and detailing why you’re interested in the role to

Closing date for application is Monday 29th May at 9am

Stage 1 of the interview process will take place on Tuesday 6th June 2023

Stage 2 of the interview process will take place on Monday 12th June 2023