Director of Finance

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Woking, United Kingdom

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14 days ago

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£67,933 to £91,802



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Full time

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Director of Finance

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This is a UK based contract and as such, you are required to have the Right to Work in the UK. Evidence of your Right to Work will be checked prior to interview.

If you are an experienced Finance Director, with a passion for our world this is a unique chance to use your financial expertise to shape the future of our very planet. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And we could be the last that can do anything about it. You can now be part of the team determined to stop the destruction of nature and help it to recover.

At WWF UK we working to save our planet by creating a future where people and nature can thrive. We now have an incredible opportunity for a Finance Director to join our senior leadership team and play a fundamental role in helping us achieve our mission by leading and delivering our financial strategy. This will involve taking overall responsibility for our over £82m budget as well as the financial stewardship of the world’s leading independent conservation organisation.

Reporting to our Executive Director of Operations and Strategy, you will work to ensure we use funds in a way that demonstrates best value for money in spending the income our supporters generate, guarantee first-class financial governance and control as well as underpin the financial sustainability of the organisation. Responsible for overall strategic financial management, we will look to you to deliver value through rigorous cost control and the effective use of resources as well as by engaging with senior colleagues to drive continuous improvement in finance systems processes, management information and structures to help us deliver our mission and strategy to bring our world back to life. You will enjoy the opportunity to operate across the business to deliver critical programmes on climate change, the food system and conservation and restoration, as well as on our internally-focused programmes of work. You will also coach and develop a large team of over 20 finance professionals to deliver a partnering service that meets ever evolving business needs. In addition, you will manage our Procurement function to make certain we achieve maximum value for money from supplier spend. You will oversee our Treasury function too, including cash at bank, investments and foreign exchange.

Effective at coaching and developing high performing finance teams, you will be a qualified accountant with extensive post qualification experience. You will be used to managing Procurement and Treasury functions too. Used delivering effective change processes, you will possess strong communication, influencing and relationship building skills. You will the type of person who sets priorities and delivers at pace, and continually challenges the status quo. An effective networker, you will promote and encourage cross department working too. Critically, you will be comfortable anticipating, understanding and responding to the needs of internal and external clients. You will also have an affinity with the mission and vision of WWF-UK.

Experience of working in an international Network organisation or the charity sector would be an advantage.
If you have the senior level financial management expertise to enable our UK strategy and would relish the prospect of a role with real world impact, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our website via the link, complete the online registration and submit a copy of your up-to-date CV with the Supporting Statement highlighting what makes you a good fit for us.

This role is subject to a basic DBS check and a clear adverse credit check.

Every role at WWF is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of; sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well you. Here at WWF, we are committed to conscious inclusion that helps cultivate an ethos of belonging, connection and shared purpose. We believe that the more diverse we are the better we become; this brings us together and empowers us to develop, engage and inspire; and critically to help build a future where people can live in harmony with nature.

Our policies and benefits reflect the importance of people being able to have a good work-life balance and being able to bring their ‘full self’ to work.

Our world needs you like never before. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world and we could be the last that can do anything about it. We are looking for people who are passionate about making it politically, socially and economically unacceptable to destroy our planet’s natural resources. We need you to join us in the fight for our world.