Finance and Operations Manager

John Ellerman Foundation

London / flexible
£55,000 pa (plus generous benefits)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 8th September 2022  

John Ellerman Foundation is an independent, endowed grantmaker and our organisational aim is to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world. The main ways in which we achieve this are by:

  1. Awarding grants of circa £5.8m to charities for work which has national significance in the arts, environment and social action, and
  2. Investing and managing our funds in such a way that balances the desire to maintain grantmaking capacity, operate in the long-term and seeking to ensure that our investments are not poorly aligned to our aim and values.

We are looking for a new Finance and Operations Manager to oversee and ensure the efficient management of the Foundation’s finances, investments, resources and the office. This includes: taking lead responsibility for the preparation and day-to-day management of our budget; adhering to our financial systems, processes and procedures and evolving these as needed; maintaining day-to-day contact with our fund managers and suppliers to ensure that we are receiving the information and services we need to support the delivery of our work and value for money; organising, preparing for and undertaking our annual audit with our external auditors; and ensuring that we have the policies and procedures in place we need to run the organisation and office.

In this role you will work closely with the Director, as well as the wider team and our Board. You will also be responsible for leading on the compilation of the papers for our Finance and Investment Committee (which meets four times a year) and our Risk and Audit Committee (which meets once a year), in partnership with the Director and Executive Assistant.

This is an exciting time to join us. 2022 is the first year of our new organisational strategy for 2022-25. Our strategy calls on us to deliver our work with 100% of our assets – namely our grantmaking, our investing, our values and our organisational competencies, capabilities and assets.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working in a finance function and managing financial and operational processes. For this role you need to be good at working in small teams, organised, highly numerate, have great communication skills and able to manage a varied workload with a range of deadlines.

You do not need a degree for this role, but we would like to appoint someone with a recognised accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA) or equivalent, and to see demonstrable experience of the requirements we have set out in the job description and person specification.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our staff team and welcome applications from everyone. You can find out more about our approach to DEI in our DEI Policy available on our website here. If you have any access requirements that need to be considered in order to support your application to us, then please contact our Director, Sufina Ahmad MBE on [email protected] to discuss these further.

If you have any questions about the role, then please get in touch with our Director on [email protected]. You can also look at our website for more information about our work:

To apply for this role, we ask that you submit your CV and a supporting statement of no more than two pages to [email protected] by 8th September. Interviews will take place on 19th September.

If you would like to submit an application as a job share, then we ask that you and the person you intend to share the role with submit your CVs and your separate supporting statements in one email to the recruitment inbox.

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