Head of Finance

  • Salary: Circa £60,000
  • Contract duration: Permanent
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Closing date: 30 May 2022 (23:59 UK Time)

A great opportunity has arisen for experienced Head of Finance to join our organisation and lead our global finance team.

International Alert (Alert) are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with over 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. Our vision is that people and their societies can resolve conflicts without violence, working together to build sustainable and inclusive peace.

We operate in an increasingly complex and global regulatory environment with offices in 15 countries and a portfolio of around £20 million, requiring an emphasis on efficiency and cost management, while being able to take the risks needed to invest and expand into new ventures in the pursuit of growth. Compliance demands, business needs, organisational priorities and technological possibilities all evolve continuously.

You will work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations on overall finance strategy and will ensure that the Director of Finance and Operations is appraised of key financial issues that need to be discussed by the Executive Team (XT). You will take the lead on planning and control, ensuring that the financial elements of Alert’s strategic plans are clear, and lead on the preparation of the annual organisational budget for adoption by XT and the Board.

You will have the overall responsibility for the implementation of proper internal controls; the safeguarding of Alert’s assets and ensuring that statutory, legislative and other financial reporting requirements are met. You will supervise the programme finance teams in London and in-country to ensure that organisational polices and systems are rigorous, effective, efficient, helpful, user-friendly, and complied with, in order to preserve Alert’s reputation for effective peacebuilding and timely and transparent accountability.

To be successful in this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed in the job description are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to combine a grasp of the big picture and the operational elements and how they fit together, and on this basis, you will be able to drive forward strategy and manage change.

You will have a talent for creative, flexible, entrepreneurial and innovative thinking when it comes to financial problem-solving and solution seeking. You will generate trust and confidence among your colleagues and build the kind of relationships (both internally and externally) that will gain cooperation and constructively ensure compliance. You are analytical and can present complex financial information, tools and concepts in an accessible way, both to finance/non-finance staff.

Please note that these are just some of the requirements of the role. To view the full job description, please click here.

All applicants must have existing right to work in the UK.

International Alert prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented people including women, people from the Global South, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled people, and other historically marginalised people.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources.  Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.