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Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Location: Bishop Auckland

Salary: c. £60k

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 167110

NRG is delighted to be working alongside Groundwork in Bishop Auckland on a retained assignment to appoint a Director of Finance & Corporate Services.

The role will be split throughout the week with 3 days based in the Head Office in Bishop Auckland, and 2 days of the week spent at various other offices across the North East, North West & Yorkshire region.

The post holder will provide a comprehensive financial and resources management service whilst working with the Chief Executive and the board. You will lead the development of the overall direction of the organisation, oversee the financial health of the business and provide financial and corporate advice to support the longer term viability of the organisation.

In addition to the above duties, you will develop and maintain effective business, legal and financial planning procedures and ensure that the financial aspects of project management are developed and ultimately rigorously maintained within the Trusts across the north.


Key Area: Financial Direction


  • Work with the executive team to ensure provision of the Regional Business Plan and quarterly financial and operational returns.

  • Develop, oversee and maintain the operation of the Trust’s financial accounting systems.

  • Oversee the provision of financial information of the Trust and any Trading Company activity to meet external reporting requirements as specified by charity law, VAT authorities, and Government departments and sponsors including any special arrangements for specific grants or public funding sources.

  • Prepare regular management accounts and other financial information for the Trust’s Board of Directors and Trustees.

  • Ensure the preparation of all financial information provided has a clear audit trail.

  • Ensure appropriate financial advice, support and guidance is provided to the Trust’s Operational and Development Teams to assist Development, reporting and financial claims.

  • Direct the Finance Manager to ensure an effective finance service provision across the Trust.

  • Work with the Trust’s executive team and Board to develop strategies, policies and priorities, including the annual business plan for the Trust .

  • To develop strategies and procedures for the provision of an effective Finance, IT, Compliance and resources service

  • Manage and consolidate key relationships including Trust’s appointed Bank, Auditors and external funding partners

  • Oversee the development of relevant IT and other quality systems to ensure that they deliver a quality service to all users and to implement improvements where necessary.

  • Manage and develop consistency across all administrative systems and services to ensure the consistent improvement of the operational and financial performance of Groundwork across the north

  • Develop consistent and quality support services and ultimately oversee the finance, IT, HR and Administration functions to ensure that all the Trusts receive an efficient and effective service.

  • To ensure the most cost effective use of financial and human resources for the maximum output.



Qualifications and Experience

  • Professional qualified accountant – CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA, etc.

  • Postgraduate management or business qualification and membership of appropriate professional body is desireable.

  • At least 5 years’ experience of working as a manager a senior level within private sector and/or charity and acting at director level or of working with a board of Trustees.

  • Experience of driving and managing successful change and growth strategies.

  • Experience of managing /overseeing financial operations in a similar size organisation or as second-in-command in a larger organisation.

  • Experience of leading, managing and motivating non-finance functions such as IT, HR, legal, facilities and administration.