Head of Finance & Corporate Services
Scottish Refugee Council
May 28, 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Job Type
- Glasgow
Public Sector and Not for Profit
Financial and Statutory Accounting


Rutherford Cross is delighted to be working on a retained basis with Glasgow based charity, Scottish Refugee Council to appoint a Head of Finance and Corporate Services.

As an independent charity, Scottish Refugee Council provides essential information and advice to people seeking asylum and refugees in Scotland. The organisation also campaigns for political change, raising awareness about issues that affect refugees and we works closely with local communities and organisations.

The position of Head of Finance and Corporate Services is a critical role, supporting the Chief Executive, Senior Management Team and Board in key financial matters.

Responsible for the management and delivery of the Finance and Corporate Services portfolios ensuring that they are of an acceptable standard and meet internal and external quality standards subscribed to by Scottish Refugee Council. This will involve support and supervision of paid and voluntary staff, quality control and planning and development.

To deputise as required in the management and operation of key elements of the strategic plan and delivery of the finance and corporate services team functions, ensuring corporate procedures are adhered to in all aspects of the work.


Key Responsibilities

  • Directly manage the Finance and Corporate Services portfolio and staff.
  • Support the Chief Executive, Senior Management team and Board in the production of the annual organisation budget.
  • Develop budgets and other financial information for the purposes of fund-raising in conjunction with the Head of Funding Development and other Managers, providing finance reports to funders as required.
  • Develop and maintain financial policies, procedures and training to ensure that the organisation has robust financial management and internal audit controls.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of the human resource policies, procedures and training to ensure that the organisation has robust Human Resources management and internal controls.
  • Manage the delivery, review and development of regular Human Resources information for Managers, Chief Executive, Staffing Sub-Committee and Board.
  • Deliver, review and develop regular financial monitoring information for Managers, Chief Executive, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Board, Funders and Auditors.
  • Ensure the accurate and timely production of statutory accounts and reporting of funding as per contractual agreements and statutory requirements
  • Prepare, manage and monitor budgets annually and quarterly
  • Review the terms and conditions of grants and negotiate where appropriate
  • Work with other managers to ensure the terms and conditions of grants are understood and complied with and provide financial information for monitoring of grants for funders as required.
  • Manage and develop the accounting systems and processing of the day to day financial information including purchase, sales and nominal ledgers ensuring that creditors are paid on time.
  • Manage and develop the maintenance of systems for effective and efficient salary administration including PAYE, pension’s administration and expenses.
  • Maintain effective relationships with key external stakeholders such as external and internal auditors, banks and others.
  • Manage relevant operational budgets within delegated authority levels.
  • Ensure the financial systems, policies, procedures and controls are adequate to meet EU audit regulations, for both Scottish Refugee Council and external partners.


Strategic Management

  • Contribute to the strategic planning of the organisation and assist in co-ordinating the development of an annual operational plan for Finance and Corporate Services and regular review and reporting.
  • Work with other managers as appropriate in leading and motivating teams to develop, report and deliver on the operational plan.
  • Lead, manage and motivate managers, staff and volunteers as agreed, provide support, including holding regular supervision meetings and annual appraisals and staff development.
  • Manage the development of volunteers to support the delivery of Finance and Corporate Services functions.
  • Liaise and participate with other stakeholders by representing the Scottish Refugee Council at meetings as appropriate.
  • Be a member of internal working groups and take responsibility for contributing to the development and delivery of objectives as required.
  • Provide reports and briefings on the work of the finance and corporate services team as required.
  • Work strategically to manage relationships with partner agencies.


Other Duties

  • Deputise as required.
  • Ensure the work of the teams that are managed directly is carried out in accordance with Scottish Refugee Council’s values, equality aims, policies and procedures.
  • Take responsibility for health and safety in relation to the work of the teams that are directly managed.


On offer:

  • Salary £40,000-£45,000
  • Rewarding opportunity to contribute to a valuable cause
  • Holidays 25 plus 12 stats, plus 2 days for office closure
  • Element of flexible working
  • 36 hour working week

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