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Poppyscotland – Head of Finance


Salary circa £55,000 – 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 the business 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

• Ensuring accuracy of payroll

• Managing the financial relationship with The Royal British Legion (TRBL) and our subsidiary charity the Lady Haig Poppy Factory (LHPF)

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.

• Experience of developing new processes and procedures and of leading change

• Practical knowledge of tax legislation in relation to investments and gift aid

• Experience of managing Payroll • 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 but is not essential

Further information is available at Please send your CV and covering letter, highlighting how you meet the key skills and experience, to by 17 July 2020.

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.

Interviews are likely to be on 27 July 2020.

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