Head of Finance and IT

Head of Finance and IT

  • Location

    North London, London

  • Sector:

    Senior Finance

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  • Salary:

    £60000 - £65000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Estha Heiden

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

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Job Title: Head of Finance & IT

Reports to: Chief Executive

Location: North London

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Hornsey Housing Trust is a 385-unit strong housing association based in Crouch End providing low care services to tenants. They are a dynamic and collaborative organisation who are currently embarking on the first phase of an ambitious development programme for the first time in twenty years which will increase their stock by 10%.
Taking the lead from an energetic Board and an experienced and forward-looking Chief Executive they have restructured their finance team and are now looking to appoint a Head of Finance. This is the lead finance role and an essential part of the Senior Leadership Team. The successful incumbent will work in collaboration with the Chief Executive and the Board as they steer the trust forwards during an exciting part of their story to date.

Job Purpose
As the finance lead you will take ownership of and support overall financial management, commercial business analysis and financial control, including ensuring the on-going viability and submission of financial returns all in line with the charity's mission, vision, values and appropriate legislation.
The role will include; oversight and ongoing performance management of the outsourced IT supplier ensuring that this is cost effective and supportive of current and future digital engagement ambitions; and accountability for the management of statutory process around annual risk management and procurement.
The role manages a Management Accountant and Finance Officer and will work closely with the Corporate Services Manager and reports to the Chief Executive.

Job Responsibilities

Financial Management
·Lead the budget setting process; forecast and cash flow analysis
·Produce management, financial accounts and commercial business analysis
·Appraise Chief Executive on key financial issues and position
·Manage the annual financial planning process including strategy
·Complete all statutory reporting and compliance and financial statements
·Developing and maintaining appropriate financial policies and procedures
·Managing the audit process and providing support to the Audit Committee
·Overseeing the performance of the outsourced payroll provider

Commercial and Strategic
·Responsibility for the 10 and 30 year business plan ensuring Board's strategic plans are reviewed and appraised
·Involvement in commercial discussions with external suppliers
·Helping the Trust meet its Value for Money objectives
·Taking the lead of negotiations with banks and external providers
·Advising Chief executive and Board on the sourcing and selection of new finance

Risk Management
·Reporting regularly on business risk assessment in conjunction with Chief executive and Board and in line with requirements of the Charity Commission and the housing regulator

Management Information
·Ensuring that KPIs developed with the Management Team are quantifiable and accurate in order to effectively support key business decisions

Information Technology
·Ensuring the ongoing development and delivery of ICT services via processes and efficiencies
·Managing the performance of the outsourced IT service supplier

Person Specification
The ideal candidate will be a fully Qualified Accountant with Social Housing Sector experience. You will have a track record in analysing and presenting complex commercial business information using strong Excel skills. Finally, you be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the Trusts Visions and Strategy.
Further useful experience includes; new housing programme development, securing loans and financing. Developing management policies and procedures, finance business partnering, and exposure to Pyramid software.

Salary and Benefits
·25 days annual leave
·Continuous professional development / training
·Travel loans
·Pension - the employee contribution is to 2%, the Trust contribution to 8%. In addition, for each additional 1% voluntary contributed by the employee, the Trust will match this also by 1%, up to a maximum of 5%.