Head of Finance

  • Location

    Wallingford, Oxfordshire

  • Sector:

    Charity & Not-for-Profit

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  • Salary:

    £58000.00 - £64000.00 per annum + generous pension

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  • Published:

    20 days ago

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  • Client:

    Hays Senior Finance

A qualified accountant is needed for a senior finance leadership role in Wallingford

Your new company

The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is a well-funded and well-established national research organisation. Their long-term strategic delivery partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, provides for a significant portion of their approximately £50m turnover. The remainder of their funding derives from a range of sources across the public and private sector. With increasing public and government focus on the environment, the market and organisation is expected to grow substantially in the next few years. They are a strategic delivery partner for the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Your new role

The Head of Finance is a key leadership position in UKCEH with responsibility for managing the financial and procurement service for the organisation, supporting business leaders and managers, and ensuring that business decisions are financially sound and that all financial processes and procedures follow best practice. The postholder will lead a team of approximately 17 staff, split across four main areas: - Financial Operations - Financial Reporting and Accounting - Financial Planning & Analysis - Procurement Reporting to the Finance director, the Head of Finance will also work closely with other department heads on cross functional workstreams.

What you'll need to succeed


Qualified accountant (ICAEW/CIMA/ACCA/CIPFA)


Deep experience & knowledge in financial accounting, reporting and control
Ability to lead and line manage large teams
Ability to work at a detailed level but also see the big picture
Collaborative approach to problem solving and building relationships with stakeholders at all levels
Strong day to day operational focus as well as ability to think strategically for long term success
Clear communication both orally and in writing - can explain financial concepts and figures to a non-finance audience
Able to lead and support others through change
Strong development orientation, willing to grow own skills & knowledge
Models and promotes the organisational values of Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence
A commitment to environmental science and the work of UKCEH


Knowledge or experience of Charity accounting and reporting requirements
Knowledge of public sector funding requirements
Good ERP experience, preferably in Workday
Knowledge of Public and/or private sector approach to Procurement
Experience or knowledge of financial management of scientific research projects

What you'll get in return

Flexible working options available
Competitive salary
Genuine career progression opportunities
10% employer and 5% employee pension contributions
35 days annual leave (including bank holidays)

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