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Non-for-Profit Sector - Finance Executive/Management
Ref: 3474 Date Posted: Tuesday 10 Aug 2021


Job Title:                 Head of Finance

Salary:                     Circa. £50,000 pro rata; pension contribution of 6% with employee contribution of 4%; salary exchange scheme; 35 days annual leave p.a.  (including public holidays); flexible working

Hours:                    28 hours/week (0.8 FTE)

Notice Period:        Three months

Based at:              Home

Reports to:              Chief Executive Officer

Direct Reports:       Business Manager

                                 Senior Finance Officer


Job Purpose

The Life Changes Trust is a funding charity that invests in and supports the empowerment and inclusion of three groups of people: young people with experience of being in care; people living with dementia; the unpaid carers of people living with dementia. If invited for interview, we strongly advise you look at our website to understand the organisation –

The Life Changes Trust is a time-limited organisation. We will close our public-facing operations on 31 March 2022; this will be followed by a wind-up period of 6 months to 30 September 2022.

The Head of Finance will be employed on a fixed-term contract to 30 September 2022 and will be central to the Trust’s wind-up period, supported by a small team.

The broad purpose of the role is to:

  • oversee the Trust’s finances and investment portfolio; 
  • prepare management accounts, quarterly accounts, investment accounts, end of year accounts and statutory accounts;
  • oversee the Trust’s annual audit;
  • with the Trust’s Business Manager, oversee the Trust’s day-to-day business operations (payroll is outsourced) and the Trust’s business closure plan to September 2022;
  • line manage the Trust’s Business Manager and Senior Finance Officer, overseeing their day to day work;
  • work closely with the CEO and Funding Managers to ensure clear and early communication re. funding awards, contracts and payments;
  • attend Strategic Leadership Team meetings to update on the Trust’s financial position and closure plans;
  • liaise with the Directors of Evidence and Influencing to understand programme work and how it can be supported by the finance function;
  • maintain smooth processes between the Trust’s funding and finance functions, ensuring policies are adhered to; 
  • effectively organise and communicate with the Trust’s Finance and Operations Committee and contribute to Board meetings;
  • undertake other duties as required by the CEO.



Education and Experience: Essential

  • Accountancy qualification, e.g. ACCA/CIMA, and at least 5 years’ experience of preparing accounts
  • At least 5 years relevant and transferable experience in financial management


Education and Experience: Desirable

  • Experience of Sage Accounting
  • Experience of winding up an organisation
  • Experience of the third sector
  • Experience in funding management


Key Skills and Competencies: Essential

  • Ability to deliver the Trust’s aims, in line with the mission and values of the Life Changes Trust.
  • Beneficiary/customer focused, with a willingness to develop a sound understanding of the needs of people with care experience or dementia and the needs of unpaid carers.
  • Excellent leadership, people management and team working skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal, negotiation and influencing skills. 
  • Sound planning skills, with ability to see and plan for the bigger and longer term picture.  
  • Reflective and analytical skills, with the ability to find, absorb and summarise information.
  • Creativity, a positive “can-do” attitude and ability to anticipate problems and proactively suggest/find solutions.
  • Sound organisational, planning and time management skills, including ability to prioritise and manage work load to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lead professional excellence, value for money and cost-effectiveness, learning and continuous improvement.
  • Committee administration skills or an ability and willingness to develop these.


Other Skills and Competencies: Essential

  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to change.
  • Proficient computer literacy, including the ability to use MS office.
  • Systematic attention to detail and accuracy.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities, non-discrimination and accessibility.
  • Ability to protect the health and safety of self and colleagues.
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