Director of finance

Role Director of finance
Salary  Up to £65,000
Hours of work Full-time 37 hours per week.
Accountable to Chief executive
Responsible for  Finance manager, finance officer, credit controller and payroll officer
Based Hybrid working, part office and par home-based

About Caring Together

Carers are the invisible backbone of our health and social care system. They deserve acknowledgement and support. This very much summarises our purpose.

In 2013 we were an organisation with a turnover of around £2 million and providing services to carers across Cambridgeshire. Today we are a £4 million plus organisation, supporting around 30,000 carers each year across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. We employ 150 staff and have a growing number of volunteers adding huge value to our work.

Over recent years we have brought focus to our core activities of:

  • Providing breaks from caring which includes regulated homecare.
  • Planning ahead including in the event of an emergency.
  • Providing training and equipping carers with skills and knowledge to help in their caring role.
  • Information and advice and supporting carers to access their rights and entitlements.
  • Someone to talk to.
  • Raising awareness in the community with health, social care and education professionals and employers.

Financial position

Our income, standing at approximately £4 million, is generated from a combination of contracts, grants, the purchase of private homecare and donations. We aim to generate small surpluses from our contracted services to enable onward investment in priority areas. Although 2021/22 was a challenging year, the organisation is financially secure with reserves in the region of £800,000.

In future years we aim to grow our fundraised income to replace the less profitable elements of our contracted services so we can more easily respond to the needs of carers and reduce the levels of uncertainty for carers and staff about the long-term future and security of our services.

About the role

We are seeking a qualified member of an accountancy body or holder of an equivalent qualification with 5 years finance experience at a senior level.

You will be supporting the board and be an active member of the executive team, providing financial information and leadership to maximise our sustainability and growth potential.

You will be leading on all financial aspects of the charity including budgets and controls, internal financial procedures and processes, management and statutory accounting and audit.

Key accountabilities include:

  • To contribute to strategic and business planning processes and develop annual and three-to-five-year financial plans to promote revenue growth and sustainability.
  • To develop and maintain an efficient and effective finance function including credit control, payroll and systems supporting cash flows, future growth, investment activity and diversification of funding.
  • To act as company secretary ensuring all correct documents are submitted to Companies House and the Charity Commission including the appointment and resignation of directors/trustees.
  • To always work within the philosophy and policies of Caring Together. Including our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

What we require from you includes:

  • Qualified member of an accountancy body or holder of an equivalent qualification, for example, ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years senior level finance experience.
  • High level IT skills, including the ability to design and operate complex spreadsheets, understand internal software and databases.
  • Knowledge of the SORP accounting requirements and other specialist accounting requirements of the charity sector and the ability to develop expertise in this area.
  • In depth experience of developing and managing financial systems and procedures.

What we can offer you includes:

  • 25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays
  • Flexible working including homeworking
  • 3% pension scheme
  • Discount scheme
  • Focus on positive mental health and wellbeing.

Please click here to download the Director of finance job pack [PDF, 111 kb]

To discuss the role please contact Chantal at Caring Together.

To apply, please complete the application form, including your availability and send with your CV to [email protected]

Closing date and interview: Please note this is being run as a rolling recruitment process. We will be assessing applications, shortlisting, and offering interviews as the applications are received. The job will close once a candidate has been appointed.