Finance Director, We The Curious

Function: Administration

Role categories: Finance/Admin

  • Rate/Salary: £55,000-60,000
  • Location: Bristol
  • Type: permanent
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Expires: 26/03/2019

Job description

REPORTS TO:               Chief Operating Officer

CONTRACT:                  Permanent, 37.5 hours a week

SALARY:                       £55,000 - £60,000 per annum, dependent on experience                 

Who we are…

We The Curious is an educational charity dedicated to building a culture of curiosity. We believe that by removing the boundaries between science, art, people and ideas we can play our part in positive social change and build better futures together. We want to reposition science as part of culture and enable everyone to be able to ask questions and be heard.  

After 17 years of “making science accessible to all”, in 2017 At-Bristol Science Centre relaunched as We The Curious with a new Manifesto, vision and ambitious plans to redevelop the ground floor of the venue. With fundraising underway and work already started on the project, 2020 will see the launch of the UK’s first permanent exhibition experience driven by the curious questions of its city. 

For more information about our team and structure, please follow these links to: team and board.

What we can do together…

We require a creative, engaged Finance Director, with the imagination and expertise to help us make our vision a reality, providing visible financial leadership across our charity.   Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Creative Officer (CCO) and the Leadership Team, you will oversee our financial strategy and our financial planning arrangements, exploring new opportunities for development and embedding the best professional financial practice.

You will lead all financial aspects of We The Curious’s business strategy, ensure the timely flow of financial information to the COO, CCO, Board of Trustees and colleagues and ensure that our financial systems and practices enable us to maintain financial integrity and ongoing financial resilience. You will support this by working creatively and innovatively towards your objectives of continuing to develop tools and processes to realise the organisational change we are embracing, as well as supporting the multimillion pound development project of our ground floor exhibition, which is due to open in summer 2020.  You will be responsible for the direct line management of a Management Accountant (Qualified), plus indirect management of 3 Finance Officers.

You will lead on:

the accounting function, financial planning, regulatory compliance, audit process and the development and implementation of financial policies in conjunction with the audit committee and specifically the Chair of the audit committee
the continuous improvement of strong financial and organisational infrastructure and processes to support the charity in maximising its impact and value
all financial aspects of the business planning process, contributing to the wider strategic and operational discussions with the leadership team, and providing narrative information for the team and audit committee
preparation of the annual accounts, and returns to regulatory and statutory bodies and funders, with appropriate input from the audit committee and external auditor
the development of cash, treasury management and investment policies, with appropriate external advice, recommending sound investment solutions to the Board
planning and controlling the organisation’s financial investments in conjunction with the audit committee
ensuring that the charity is operating robust and efficient financial processes and procedures, which support the prevention of fraud, protect the charity’s assets, and enable effective financial management and reporting
overseeing financial management arrangements to ensure that the charity is able to meet its financial objectives, including robust financial controls, monthly management accounts and cash flow forecasting, explaining any variances from plan and implementing corrective actions where appropriate
providing clear and meaningful financial and performance reporting to the leadership team, audit committee and Board, developing and implementing a suite of dashboard reporting and key performance indicators as appropriate

liaising with funding partners, banks, our auditors and others on financial matters
managing and reporting on organisational financial and operational risk, and ensuring that there are appropriate insurance arrangements in place

the ability to be creative and innovative in financial planning and practice, leading and encouraging process improvements, and delivering operational efficiencies

Person specification

Who you are…

You will be a CCAB qualified accountant
You will have proven leadership skills - leading by example and demonstrating our organisational values
You will have excellent communication skills, using appropriate communication with all members of the organisation, and through which you will enable others to understand complex issues and financial information
You will be an experienced negotiator and will be confident writing and coordinating tenders
You will be experienced in leading the development of operational and strategic plans
You will have proven experience of effectively managing internal and external professional relationships with stakeholders, staff and contractors
You will be skilled at leading and developing high-performing teams
You will have experience of successfully managing multiple overlapping projects
You will have proven experience in setting strategy and demonstration of strong change management skills
Experience of working in a charity environment and of charity accounting requirements would be an advantage
Knowledge of fundraising regulations and gift aid arrangements would be an advantage
Excellent IT skills, especially advanced knowledge of Excel, are essential to the success of this role
You’ll share in our organisational values:

Progressive – we think about what’s next, we listen and invent
Creative – we generate and test new ideas and experiment freely
Inquisitive – we ask questions and listen
Collaborative – we share and learn generously and value difference and the space where ideas and disciplines meet
Playful – we embrace the unexpected with a sense of fun and support each other to explore uncertainty
Inclusive – we are led by people and the curious nature of human beings. Curiosity belongs to everyone.


What you can expect from us….

We The Curious is committed to offering our employees CPD opportunities and a flexible approach to working, to ensure a work life balance for our people.

You’ll also be entitled to a range of benefits: -

Pension:  We offer a pension scheme with 5% company contributions and a minimum 3% employee contribution
Annual Leave: You are entitled to 25 days holiday, in addition to bank holidays
Death in service benefit: equivalent to 4 x your annual salary
Our people can access an Employee Support Programme which offers confidential advice & counselling
Use of the facilities: You can visit We The Curious at any time with up to 4 guests. You are also entitled to 12 entry tickets per calendar year to give away.
Discounts:  You will be eligible for staff discounts of 20% off in the We The Curious café and 25% off in our shop, as well as a range of discounts with local businesses.

We believe in celebrating people's differences. So regardless of your background or personal characteristics, if you are great at what you do, we want to hear from you.


To Apply - Please visit our jobs page to apply by the closing date of 26th March