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Head of Finance (Maternity Cover) - Meridian Business Park, Leicestershire, United Kingdom,

Are you an experienced and capable finance manager looking for a new challenge in an established, people-focused organisation with big ideas and strong values? We'd like to hear from you!

NEBOSH is an award-winning organisation operating globally to deliver health, safety and environmental qualifications and is seeking a dynamic interim Head of Finance to lead the finance team and deliver accurate financial and management accounts and reports, insightful analysis and effective communication.


NEBOSH is a globally-recognised organisation providing a comprehensive range of health, safety and environmental qualifications designed to meet the needs of modern workplaces. Established in 1979, NEBOSH qualifications are now offered by over 600 course providers in 120 countries and attract 50,000 candidates annually. In 2014 NEBOSH was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise for "outstanding achievement" in International Trade.

NEBOSH is a successful and ambitious not-for-profit organisation that recognises the value of teamwork and is passionate about personal and professional development.

The Head of Finance will lead a small team delivering exceptional financial and management support to the organisation. They will lead the current team of 4 and work with the Executive leadership team and Trustees.

NEBOSH value:

  • Integrity, innovation, creativity and excellence
  • Treating everyone with fairness, honesty, equity, dignity and respect
  • Commitment to quality, efficiency and finding better ways of working
  • Building strong teams for success
  • Promoting health and safety in everything we do and protecting the environment

NEBOSH need:

We need a capable and assertive interim Head of Finance; a qualified accountant experienced in financial management. The successful candidate will be commercially aware, client-focused, able to challenge and offer solutions and adept in dealing with multiple systems. We also need someone who can inspire and lead the finance team and who can oversee the rollout of a new financial system.

This role reports to the Director of Finance and Resources.

You are:

  • Qualified Accountant (CIMA/ ACA / recognised accountancy body).
  • Experienced user of accounting software and Microsoft Office (Excel).
  • An excellent communicator, able to adapt style and content to maximise effectiveness with different audiences.
  • Experienced in managing and reporting on budget, producing monthly management accounts and cash flow forecasts and leading on year-end accounting and audit processes.
  • Able to understand the cost structure of products and services and advise on pricing.
  • Experienced in delivering accurate reports and presenting finance papers to key stakeholders.
  • A capable leader with experience of managing staff effectively.
  • A critical thinker and commercially aware, confident to challenge finance decisions and provide solutions.
  • Flexible in your approach and skilled in prioritisation.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Experienced in charity accounting.
  • Experienced in organisational change.

What's in it for you?

In terms of personal and career development, an exciting and CV-enhancing opportunity to be part of an established and forward-looking organisation.

There are many benefits of working for NEBOSH: 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays, pension scheme, cash plan, private health insurance and an Employee Assistance Programme.

What you will deliver

  • Effective leadership and management of the Finance team.
  • Monthly management accounts and cash flow forecasts.
  • Quarterly revenue / expenditure reporting.
  • Accounting for a trade subsidiary.
  • Value-added financial decision support and insight.
  • In partnership with the leadership team, generation of financial plans, budgets and forecasts and identification of key financial risks and key performance measures.
  • Rollout of new financial system (first 3-4 months).
  • Up-to-date knowledge ensuring compliance with all relevant financial legislation, regulations and guidelines such as VAT, Charity Commission requirements etc.
  • Management of internal and external audits.
  • Change leadership and support for continuous improvement and a culture of learning.
  • Effective, concise and timely briefings for the Director of Finance & Resources on key financial issues and decisions.
  • Management of royalty agreements for joint qualifications with other organisations.
  • Manage spending outside the agreed budget or forecasts ensuring justification and approval prior to any cost spend.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Location: Leicester

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £45,000 -£50,000

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 12 months

Hours/Week: 35

Annual leave: 25 days plus 8 bank holidays

Work outside normal hours: The post may involve occasional evening and weekend work.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a view to filling the position as soon as possible, so early applications are encouraged.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to our office.