Poppyscotland – Head of Finance


Salary circa £46K to £50K – based in Edinburgh

35 hours per week with a generous pension

Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community.   We are best known for running the iconic Scottish Poppy Appeal. This, combined with our other year-round fundraising, enables us to provide tailored support and vital services in advice, employment, mobility, respite, housing and mental health support to thousands of ex-Servicemen and women and their families to the extent of approximately £3 million per year.

We are seeking to recruit a Head of Finance whose primary responsibilities will be to oversee all financial aspects of Poppyscotland and The Lady Haig Poppy Factory and drive the company’s financial budgeting and planning including:

  • The production of the annual statutory accounts, in line with FRS102 and the Charities SORP.
  • Driving improvements in financial reporting, financial analysis and reconciliations
  • Managing the financial relationship with The Royal British Legion and our subsidiary charity the Lady Haig Poppy Factory

Key Skills

  • Fully Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/ACMA or CIPFA/CIMA)
  • Experience of operating at Head of Finance level managing a small team
  • Experience of preparing consolidated statutory accounts for audit and leading an annual budgeting process
  • Experience of reporting to, advising and influencing Senior Management and the Board of Trustees.
  • Experience of developing new processes and procedures and of leading change
  • Practical knowledge of tax legislation in relation to investments and gift aid
  • Adaptable and flexible to varying workloads and changing work practices and procedures
  • Reliable, responsible, and dependable to meeting external and internal deadlines
  • Good communication skills with the ability to convey information effectively to non-financial audiences
  • Experience of working in a charity would be advantageous

Further information about the role and the skills and qualities required are contained in the Job Description available at https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/about-us/careers. If you are interested in this role please send your CV and covering letter, highlighting how you meet the key skills and experience, to recruitment@poppyscotland.org.uk by 26 May 2021.

Interviews are likely to be 9 June 2021 via Microsoft Teams.

If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date you may conclude that you have not been short-listed for interview. As a charity we are unable to respond to all applications received due to the costs involved.

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