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Non-for-Profit Sector - Finance Executive/Management
Ref: 3605 Date Posted: Monday 06 Dec 2021

iMultiply is retained by Cosgrove Care in their search for a Head of Finance and Corporate Services based in Giffnock, Glasgow, on a full-time permanent basis.  Agile working options are available for this role. 


The Company 

Cosgrove Care was established in 1960 in Glasgow by a parent who saw the need for specialist support for her disabled child, at a time when families had no right to support and children did not have access to education.  The charity has grown to support over 250 children, adults and older adults today across West Central Scotland. 

They believe in a social model of disability and thier mission and values embrace an inclusive and accessible way of working.  They take a Human Rights based approach to practice. 

The organisation is a medium sized charity, with a strong Board of Trustees and a team of over 135 staff and 200 volunteers. 

Cosgrove Care provides a range of services covering children’s services, supported employment, intensive home support and care at home and family support for children, adults and older adults with a range of additional needs. 


The Role 

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Head of Finance & Corporate Services (HFCS) is responsible for the overall financial strategy, management, business analysis and reporting of Cosgrove Care, ensuring on-going viability and a secure financial future in line with the organisation’s charitable status, mission and values. The HFCS will provide financial advice and information to the CEO and Board of Directors and will work as part of the Corporate Management Team (CMT) to provide expert guidance and strategic input on charitable finance to aid the development and progress of Cosgrove Care.  They will play a key role in the overall strategic management of Cosgrove Care. 

In addition to financial responsibilities, the HFCS also has responsibility for leading and developing areas of corporate services including asset management, the oversight of procurement and supplier management, the organisational fleet and property portfolio. 


The key underlying requirement of the post will be to support and drive a period of significant internal change in the organisation’s delivery of support services, as Cosgrove improves efficiency and financial sustainability to meet future challenges, including the implications of the Scottish Government’s Independent Review of Adult Social Care. This is an exciting and challenging role and will provide an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to make their mark on the organisation.   


The post holder will lead a team of two Finance Officers and will have periodic support from an independent Financial Consultant. 


The role will have primary responsibility for the following: 

  • A key member of the Corporate Management Team (CMT) leading Cosgrove Care. 

  • Provision of an accurate and timely financial service including setting and monitoring budgets, forecasts, cash flow analysis, monthly management financial accounts, annual accounts and advice and support to inform decision making at Board, CMT and operational level. 

  • Link financial and operational activity reporting effectively. 

  • Deliver the treasury management function including the development of a long-term financial strategy for Cosgrove Care, providing reports to the Finance and Investment sub-committee of the Board of Directors.  

  • All statutory reporting, compliance, annual accounts and VAT in line with regulatory responsibilities as a registered Scottish Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. including specific tasks associated with the status as a registered charity in Scotland. 

  • Lead the finance and corporate services team, ensuring all aspects of the function are effectively delivered and that the team have clear and concise responsibilities, support and direction to develop financial policies and procedures and ensure these are being consistently followed - including customer relationships, credit control and timely invoicing. 

  • Enhance and maintain effective systems for reporting financial progress and delivering against the strategy. 

  • Maintain close links and strong working relationships with the Depute CEO and Service Managers to ensure appropriate and timely provision of management information and close management of individual service budgets. 

  • Lead the management of the annual budget process and ensure that budgets and accounts accurately reflect business activity, that accruals and other adjustments are being made correctly and that variances from budget are investigated and resolved. 

  • Oversee the accurate and timely delivery of the monthly payroll, including all related tasks i.e. PAYE, NI, Pensions, liaison with HMRC, monthly variables and year end. 

  • Reconcile Control Accounts. 

  • Post monthly payroll to monthly accounts. 

  • Ensure all aspects of payroll are compliant. 

  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop new and innovative service models with financial modelling which will support organisational growth and development and will support income diversification. 

  • Lead and develop key aspects of Finance and Corporate Services including governance, property, procurement of Best Value contracts and ongoing supplier management, contractors, the vehicle fleet and assets. 

  • As a key part of the Corporate Management Team, implement the review and development of the finance part of the IT systems and processes review which will drive efficiency in line with the organisational strategy, including the automation of legacy manual processes including payroll and invoicing. 

  • Manage strategic external relationships effectively with key funders and commissioners and ensure timely funder reports. 

  • Maintain effective communication and relationships with families to build trust and confidence. 

  • Work with Cosgrove’s auditors and manage the audit process and relationships. 


The preferred candidate will be a qualified accountant capable of: 

  • Upholding and developing Cosgrove Care’s organisational culture, values and reputation with staff and stakeholders, and demonstrating leadership in these key areas. 

  • Implementing and assisting with the development, review and maintenance of organisational policies and strategy through participation in CMT and Managers Meetings. 

  • Network with appropriate external organisations with a view to developing and sharing best practice in Third Sector Finance. 

  • Carrying out research and prepare briefings for the CEO and CMT as required. Preparing high quality financial data for presentations using appropriate tools. 

  • Updating and maintaining key parts of the Cosgrove website relating to finance and corporate services, in line with Cosgrove’s standards, policies and procedures. 

  • Researching and interpreting changes in legislation and translating these into policy and practice for Cosgrove Care, always ensuring compliance. 

  • Abiding by and promoting Cosgrove’s Policy of Informed Choice, its Vision and Values and Equal Opportunities Statement. 

  • Demonstrating Cosgrove’s stated values in all Cosgrove business and to ensure the finance and corporate services team are supported to demonstrate organisational values. 

  • Occasional requirement to work unsociable hours. 




On Offer 

This Head of Finance and Corporate Services role is offered on a full time, permanent basis with a salary of up to £50,000.  This role is offered on a full-time basis, with agile working offered though some attendance at their office in Giffnock will be required. 


iMultiply is committed to diversity and will promote diversity for all employees, workers and applicants. iMultiply will treat everyone equally and will not discriminate on the grounds of an individual's 'protected characteristic’. 


For more information on this Head of Finance and Corporate Services position please contact Stuart Cadger at our Glasgow Office. 


M: 07732 499307 


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