Head of Finance

Henshaws College, Harrogate

Closing date: Monday, 15th Aug 2022

Salary: £49,356.00per annum
Hours per week: 38
Weeks per year: 52
Annual Leave: 25 days plus 10 days bank holiday (pro-rata for part-time)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Harrogate
DBS Enhanced with child barring - Paid for by Henshaws

Benefits: Hybrid working, Enhanced sick pay and annual leave, 4 days full pay emergency
domestic leave per year, free eye test vouchers, long service awards, access to
free of charge independent counselling service, opportunity to buy additional
annual leave.

Full Job Description and Personal Specification available to download

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Henshaws is a northern charity, established in 1837, supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.  We believe that, wherever they are, everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Our support, advice and training enables people and their families to build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.

We strive to improve quality of life, increase independence and reduce the social isolation of those affected by sight loss and other disabilities. We work at the heart of the community – creating long-lasting and real change through education, community support, and enterprise.

We have a staff team of 350 dedicated staff and are supported by around 100 volunteers across the north of the UK.

We now seek a Head of Finance who will support the Director of Finance and Resources to partner with the charity to provide strong financial support, analysis and reporting. They will support the financial planning process including budgeting and periodic forecasting, whilst effectively supporting, managing and motivating the wider Finance team.

Exemplary communication skills are essential with the ability to communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, supporting and challenging where necessary.

We are looking for a fully qualified member of a recognised UK Accountancy body (ACA / ACCA /CIMA) who possesses extensive knowledge of accounting systems, including payroll.  Proven analytical skills and a logical and systematic approach is vital.

Closing date: Monday 15th August 2022

To gain a full understanding of the role please read the job description and person specification available on-line at www.henshaws.org.uk or contact the HR department on 01423 814510. 

Henshaws Society for Blind People aims to employ a diverse workforce and is committed to equality of employment and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.  This role may require an enhanced DBS check, please refer to the job description for further details.   Registered Charity No: 221888           

Application form (General)

  • Section A

  • Employment

  • Your Work Experience

    Please complete details of your current and previous employment as requested below: • list the employment in chronological order, most recent first. • Please include your full work history from time of leaving school or College. • include any posts that were undertaken on a voluntary basis.
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