Job Title: Head of Finance
Organisation: Farm Africa
Location: London, UK, with some travel to east Africa
Closing Date: 30 June 2020
Salary: £55,000 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Flexible
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
The Head of Finance is responsible for the overall financial management and reporting for Farm Africa. They ensure that we maintain effective financial control and compliance across the organisation, and provide accurate and timely management information to support decision making. They also support the Director of Finance & IT in contributing to the overall strategic direction and priorities for the organisation. They lead the UK-based finance team and ensure effective co-ordination with our Africa-based teams.
Role and Responsibilities
Lead the annual budgeting and in-year re-forecasting process to produce accurate financial plans for Farm Africa;
Review proposal budgets to ensure budgets are robust and comply with Farm Africa costing guidelines;
Support the Director of Finance & IT in developing long term strategic and financial plans for Farm Africa, and the finance function.
Manage monthly internal financial reporting including the management accounts pack and project-level financial reports;
Produce the annual consolidated financial statements for Farm Africa in the UK;
Manage the annual audit in the UK, and support country teams through their annual audits and accounts preparation, and donor audits.
Control and compliance
Lead the maintenance and strengthening of the control environment in the UK and Africa through ongoing review of financial policies and processes;
Ensure effective balance sheet control through monthly review of bank and other account reconciliations;
Manage banking processes and relations with Farm Africa’s bankers;
Manage treasury including cash flow forecasting, and transfers between UK and country offices;
Review and approve the UK payroll prepared by the Head of HR;
Review the UK VAT returns and ensure VAT compliance, and prepare the annual corporation tax returns for the parent charity and trading subsidiary.
Act as primary business partner to our country directors and UK fundraising teams, providing ad hoc support and advice;
Manage Farm Africa’s cost recovery process to help ensure the organisation achieves full cost recovery across our programme portfolio.
Act as line manager for two staff in the London office (Financial Accounting Manager, and Programme Finance Analyst);
Train and support Africa finance managers – on systems, processes, and on fostering a ‘business partnering’ culture between finance and other parts of the organisation;
Promote understanding of Farm Africa’s finances and processes, plus other core technical skills such as budget management and MS Excel, to the wider organisation.
Attend the quarterly Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (sub-committee of the board of trustees);
Perform such additional tasks as may reasonably be requested from time to time by the Director of Finance & IT.
Experience and Qualifications
Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or similar)
Up to date technical knowledge of financial reporting (UK GAAP, IFRS and Charities SORP) and tax (corporation tax and VAT) for charities
A proven track record of successfully line managing and developing a team.
Experience of producing financial statements and managing an annual audit process.
Experience of budgeting and reporting in a multi-currency environment and/or in a complex grant-dependent organisation.
Experience of working with SUN / Q&A
Significant experience in a financial management role.
Experience of working in an INGO of at least similar size to Farm Africa.
If you are interested in the role more information can be found in the attached job description. If you would like to apply please submit your CV and a covering statement that explains how your skills and experience meet the role requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications 5:00 pm BST on Tuesday 30 June 2020. Farm Africa will not accept third party applications and recruitment consultants are respectfully asked not to get in touch with regards to this role.
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