Finance Manager
Scottish Futures Trust
May 15, 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Job Type
Scotland:, - Edinburgh
Public Sector and Not for Profit
Commercial Finance


The Organisation

Rutherford Cross is delighted to be partnering with Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) to appoint a finance professional to augment the existing Development and Housing team within SFT. The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is an infrastructure delivery company owned by Scottish Government.

Working with numerous public and private sector partners across our many programmes, it:

  • Plans future infrastructure investment
  • Innovates to secure new ways to fund essential infrastructure
  • Improves the management of existing properties
  • Delivers important infrastructure programmes

Having Scotland's economy front of mind, our aim is:

"to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure investment and use in Scotland by working collaboratively with public bodies and industry, leading to better value for money and ultimately improved public services."


The Opportunity

The Development and Housing team has a strong place focus. It builds understanding of what places are for, develops estate and place strategies, helps use land and public assets effectively to deliver joined up services and promotes economic activity through sales and transfers. It also creates and deploys arrangements and structures to draw private investment into places, enabling development with a particular focus on creating sustainable places with affordable housing.

The Finance Manager will work within both the Housing and Investment and Place workstreams, reporting to an Associate Director within the Housing Team.  The Finance Manager will be part of an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary team who work closely together in considering all aspects of new initiatives as well as practical aspects of existing ones. They will be responsible for supporting the financial aspects relating to the work streams undertaken in housing and economic investment. They will also work closely with public (including Scottish Government) and private sector stakeholders (including housing developers and investors).


The Role

The successful candidate will contribute to the production of business cases, develop financial models to support those business cases, coordinate SFT’s technical, financial and commercial input into the process and support the setting-up and delivery of new models for the provision of housing across all tenures in Scotland.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Carry out financial modelling and support the development of financing options / proposals with assistance from the relevant Associate Directors as required
  • Assess the financial viability of proposals and projects across a number of economic investment and housing projects
  • Contribute to the development of new ideas and interventions in relation to economic investment and the affordable housing sector
  • Support existing projects and governance arrangements, including financial scrutiny over accounts of the joint ventures of which SFT is a member
  • Support the delivery of the SFT place programme, working with key SFT staff and partners, to enable and monitor delivery
  • Prepare and deliver reports and presentations to teams and senior management
  • Develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships, interacting equally well with public and private partners
  • Contribute to other SFT programmes and initiatives as required


The Candidate

The Finance Manager position incorporates a blend of financial modelling and stakeholder management, requiring a high calibre individual who is strong interpersonally, well organised, detail conscious and possesses excellent technical skills. A background in infrastructure would be useful, but more important is that the individual is analytical, innovative and eager to contribute.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Background in financial modelling, business case development and financing of large projects
  • Expertise of working collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of contributing to innovative ideas
  • Experience of working with senior personnel and decision makers
  • Experience interfacing with both the public and private sector
  • Ability to communicate complex financial concepts to stakeholders, in a written and verbal form
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage competing priorities over numerous workstreams



Salary:                              £40,000- 45,000 (Depending on experience)

Car Allowance:               £7,300 per annum, paid in monthly installments

Pension:                           Defined benefit local government pension scheme

Holidays:                         25 days of annual leave + 9 bank holiday days

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