About Action for Conservation
We are at a critical moment in our earth’s history, and it’s never been more important to
empower every young person to fight for their future and the future of the planet. Action for
Conservation is an innovative young charity using pioneering approaches to inspire the next
generation of environmental leaders. We work with young people from diverse backgrounds to
build a youth movement committed to the earth.
Our commitment to diversity
Diversity is one of our core values as an organisation and we are committed to creating
an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued and there is equality of
opportunity. We also recognise that the climate and ecological crisis disproportionately impacts
minority and/or marginalised communities – yet these voices are largely underrepresented in
the sector. Currently, the environmental sector is the second least diverse of all UK
workforces, with only 3.1% of people employed from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
backgrounds (compared to 19.9% of the general workforce). If the environmental movement is to
succeed in creating a greener future that supports our whole society, we need diverse voices at
the heart of our work. We therefore encourage applicants from people currently underrepresented in the environmental movement to apply.
Why work with us?
You’ll be joining a young, mission-driven team who truly love what they do. Working
with young people is always rewarding, sometimes challenging and never boring, and you’ll get
to experience first-hand the positive impact that your work has. It goes without saying that we
work hard, but we also maintain a positive work-life balance and spend lots of time outdoors.
Some of the benefits of working at Action for Conservation include:
33 days annual leave including public holidays plus one additional day for each
year served plus 4 paid annual volunteer days.
Quarterly team ‘action days’ & away weekends in the great outdoors.
Access to flexible working.
A workplace pension.
A bespoke personal and professional development plan, co-developed with you and
your line manager, to identify and progress your training, development and career
The opportunity to grow into the role, learn and develop on the job, and hopefully
progress within the team as opportunities arise.
A robust on the job training package tailored to your role.
Opportunities to share your voice and shape the direction of our work, ensuring
that our content is relevant and reflective of your interests and the issues facing your
About the role - Finance & HR Manager
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance & HR professional with
expertise in managing charity finances to take responsibility for the charity’s financial
controls and human resources processes. This position suits a motivated and experienced
individual who is a team player, passionate about our mission, willing to take on
responsibility quickly and who can work closely with the Chief Executive, Programmes and
Fundraising teams, with the potential to manage junior staff in future, to ensure the charity
operates smoothly through a period of significant growth.
Leadership and Management:
Lead the ongoing development and delivery of all AFC’s financial procedures
nationally and across priority regions.
Provide management and support to any freelance or more junior staff, as and when
necessary, ensuring they deliver on all of their role responsibilities through the
development of a positive coaching relationship.
Demonstrate best practice in financial management and control to the wider team to
ensure adherence to the organisation’s financial procedures.
Contribute to the overall strategic development of AFC’s programmes and ensure
compliance with the aims and objectives of the organisation.
Monitor day-to-day financial operations, including expense claims, payments,
invoices, direct debits and reconciling expenditure, carried out with the support of the
Finance & Administration Coordinator.
Manage financial administration for grant or donor funded projects and ensure
reporting and audit requirements are met.
Prepare annual budgets, monthly financial reports and management accounts for
quarterly trustee meetings.
Conduct and maintain longer-term financial forecasts in line with the charity’s
Fundraising Strategy, with the support of the Chief Executive and Fundraising
Establish, streamline and maintain financial policies and procedures.
Maintain and manage relationships with our external accountants and support the
Chief Executive with producing annual accounts and submitting returns to the Charity
Support the Programme Team in the allocation and monitoring of programme
Support Senior Management to deliver on a successful hiring strategy and ensure the
organisation is able to deliver on its objectives and grow sustainably.
Administer all aspects of staff employment contracts, pension notices, and annual
leave allocations using AFC’s financial software.
Manage day-today HR processes and administration, including acting as first point
of contact for staff making general HR or policy enquiries.
Coordinate the full employee life cycle including the administration of
recruitment, onboarding, performance management and exit interviews.
Oversee the administration of employee records including checking of employee work
references and DBS checks. Ensure that employee records are accurate, up-to-date, and
managed within the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
Administer all other contracts and renewals (eg. insurance, office contracts,
business rates and software licences) and carry out such other duties as deemed appropriate
and may be reasonably required by the Chief Executive.
Support the Chief Executive to draft policies and procedures which create and
maintain a consistent work culture, relating to staff, volunteers, trustees, beneficiaries
and all members of the charity.
About you and your skills and experience
The successful candidate will have several years of financial management expertise, be
confident and resilient with strong people management potential and an aptitude for supporting
and developing others. They will be efficient, systems oriented and have strong problem-solving
and decision-making skills.
- Ability to work and travel flexibly
- Positive, professional and pragmatic approach
- Self-motivated and self-disciplined, able to prioritise own workload and deliver to
- Good organisational skills and ability to work across a number of tasks and work
- A strategic thinker who is able to project forward and decide on a reasonable course of
action to achieve a particular goal
- Ability to work under pressure and cope effectively and/or support others to cope
effectively with difficult and stressful situations
- Enthusiastic 'can do’ attitude to provide positive, proactive and influential
leadership to shape the organisational culture in a changing environment
Knowledge & Experience
- Financial management expertise, demonstrated through professional qualifications and/or
several years experience in similar roles
- Experience using Xero or similar software
- Excellent IT skills and highly proficient in Office applications
- General office management skills and strong attention to detail
Other Key Competencies
- Good time management and organisational skills
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
- Confidence, enthusiasm and initiative
- A degree or equivalent work experience
- Willingness to learn and to take on lots of responsibility quickly
- Awareness of environmental issues and a commitment to the values of the
Please view the full Job Description here.
How to apply
Please send the following to [email protected] with the subject line,
‘Finance & HR Manager’:
Deadline for applications: midnight 12th June 2022
Interviews: 20th/21st/22nd June 2022