Director of Finance
Chestnut Tree House
Director of Finance
4d ago

Salary : Competitive

Closing date : Wednesday 30 September

First interviews are anticipated to take place w / c 19 October.

St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospices in West Sussex are looking for a Director of Finance to take responsibility for all aspects of financial management of our two hospices.

Reporting to and working closely with the Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees you will operate as part of a senior management team in developing the most appropriate path of growth for the organisation.

Responsibilities will include all aspects of financial management in support of organisational strategy and you will be expected to lead the analysis and reporting of financial information in developing and implementing recommendations in order to deliver the most cost effective outcomes .

St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospices provide a high level of care to people with complex end of life conditions and long-term illness.

The hospices are amongst the most well established and well respected hospice groups in the country. Our scale and longevity give us some advantages.

However, this does not mean that we do not have the same challenges as many charities do today in securing revenues that match our expenditure.

With over 350 employed staff, c1,000 volunteers and an annual income of c £19m we are substantial organisation with the challenges and opportunities in financial management that an organisation of our size typically has.

This is both a strategic and a hands-on role, often managing the finance team through challenging periods of month end reports, reforecasting, year-end accounting and annual budgeting.

As Director of Finance you need to have excellent communication skills with all levels of staff managing department budgets, as well as with stakeholders including our Board of Trustees.

Principal contacts include staff, volunteers and trustees, external contacts include supporters, Patrons, suppliers and agencies.

The Director of Finance will not only be an exceptional leader and financial manager but also commercially aware, advising on the best path of growth for the organisation.

In periods of change and growth an effective Director of Finance is critical, coordinating corporate finance and managing hospice policies regarding capital requirements, debt, taxation, and acquisitions as appropriate.

Direct reports

  • Head of Finance
  • Payroll
  • Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Form a close working relationship with the CEO, Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees.
  • Provide leadership to the hospices’ Finance and Accounting teams.
  • To optimise the hospice’s financial performance and strategic position.
  • Take overall control of the hospices’ accounting function.
  • To deal with all insurance matters on behalf of the hospice, liaising with insurance companies.
  • Contribute fully to the development of the hospices’ strategy across all areas of the business.
  • Challenge assumptions and decision-making as appropriate and provide financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets and business drivers.
  • Ensure that financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth.
  • Lead and develop finance and payroll teams.
  • Work with senior teams to grow the organisation, formulating strategies and plans.
  • Ensure corporate budgeting processes are effectively carried out and reviewed.
  • Take ultimate responsibility for the company cash management policies.
  • Present annual accounts.
  • Ensure that the regulatory requirements of all statutory bodies are met.
  • Corporate finance : manage hospice policies regarding capital requirements, debt, taxation, disposals and acquisitions, as appropriate.
  • Manage risks around the reputation and income streams of the charity.
  • Ensure that fundraising, lottery, retail and marketing are integrated within one financial strategy and operational plan.
  • Manage and develop high level external partnerships and relationships.
  • Manage complex income and expenditure budgets representing more than 80% of the charity’s annual income.
  • Identify and manage risks that could impact our income streams.
  • Maintain high standards of supporter experience and ensure that our practice delivers against these
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and regulation and ensure that our practice adheres to the highest ethical standards in all respects.
  • To apply for this vacancy please email your CV (with covering letter) to .

    We anticipate there being great interest in this position so would encourage early applications.

    An enhanced DBS will be sought if you are successful in this role. The safer recruitment of staff at St Barnabas Hospices is the first step to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults in our care.

    As an employer we expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding.

    We are an equal opportunities employer and we will treat each applicant fairly.

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