Job Description – Interim Operations and Finance Director 

Role type: Fixed term – 6 months (with potential to become permanent) 

Start date: Immediate 

Location: Home-based 

Salary: £65,000-£70,000 FTE plus benefits, including 25 days annual leave FTE and pension.  

Working pattern:  We encourage flexible work opportunities including home-working, part-time (minimum 4 days/week), and flexi-hours. 

Reporting line: this role reports directly to the CEO.  

Direct reports: 2 (Finance Manager; Project Manager). 

 

About Social Tech Trust 

Social Tech Trust is at an exciting stage. With a clear purpose to transform lives with tech, an expert team, supportive Board, and a strong portfolio of social tech start-ups, we’re scaling our impact. 

Our vision is a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech.  We’ve already invested more than £31m in almost 800 socially motivated initiatives over the last ten years. Following a strategic review, were designing and delivering a new sustainable business model, which requires developing our investment function, new income streams and the operational systems to support delivery.  

About this role 

We’re looking for a passionate and entrepreneurial candidate to be our Interim Operations and Finance Director.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a strategic thinker with operational and financial acumen to use their skills and experience to drive forward key strategic priorities to further our ambitious strategy and investment plans. 

The Operations and Finance Director will report to the CEO and focus on two main areas:  

> Delivering specific strategic priorities, including the implementation of a new CRM and the operational systems to support our investment activities;  

> Maintaining the smooth running of all aspects of the operations of the Trust (including finance, HR and governance). 

The ideal candidate will be able to hit the ground running. They will be equally adept at, and enthused by, engaging in strategic decision making and rolling up their sleeves to get involved in the day-to-day delivery of the operational and finance functions. They will be a collaborative team player who thrives on finding solutions to problems and takes the initiative to make opportunities a reality. 

 

Key responsibilities: 

Overall 

> Develop a strong collaborative working relationship with the CEO, supporting strategic decision making and delivery and carrying out external engagements on behalf of the CEO as necessary. 

Ensure that appropriate management reports are produced to enable governance, management and decision making.  

Financial planning and management 

> Lead on the financial modelling of new business opportunities and work with the CEO to support the modelling of our investment activities. 

> Oversee the annual audit process, including production and publishing of annual accounts for the Trust and its subsidiaries. 

> Oversee corporation tax and VAT compliance and liaise with tax experts regarding structuring. 

> Oversee the Trust’s payroll and pension provision. 

 

Operations management 

> Ensure that the Trust has appropriate systems and tools (e.g. CRM, analysis and reporting tools) to facilitate effective operations, management and decision making by the Trust’s team and Board.   

> Oversee the Trust’s telecommunications systems, hardware and software requirements and manage the external suppliers of these. 

> Ensure there is a business continuity plan and supplier framework that this is kept updated. 

> Develop and embed an appropriate risk management and reporting framework. 

> Ensure that appropriate insurance cover is in place. 

 

HR 

> Work closely with the CEO to ensure an effective HR strategy is in place that supports the Trust’s vision, strategy and business plan. 

> Lead our HR operations, including developing and implementing policies, processes and documentation related to recruitment, professional development and performance frameworks. 

 

Legal and governance 

> Ensure the governance framework and regulatory compliance requirements for the Trust, its subsidiaries and investment activities are met, including compliance with Charity Commission and Companies House reporting requirements. 

> Oversee the administration of the Board and Committees, attending Board meetings and presenting reports as required. 

> Responsible for the Trust’s GDPR compliance. 

Skillsexperience and behaviours required: 

Essential 

> Passionate about Social Tech Trust’s vision of a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech. 

> A successful track record of leading operations and finance functions, establishing and maintaining operational and financial systems and processes.  

> Experience of ensuring that governance and compliance requirements are met.  Able to achieve operational robustness without stifling creativity, agility and the need for pace of decision-making and delivery. 

> Entrepreneurial.  Comfortable with ambiguity and creates a way forward when there is uncertainty. 

> Confident operating autonomously and being a proactive leader.  Excellent judgement about when to involve others. 

> A collaborative team player with experience of working as an integral part of a multidisciplinary distributed team. Experience of working in a self-managing team, collaborating on shared objectives and priorities whilst taking responsibility for own delivery.  

> Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and a bias towards action. Thrives on finding solutions to problems.  

> Adept at actively giving and receiving feedback to / from people in all roles and at all levels of seniority. 

> Interest and aptitude in the development and effective utilisation of IT systems to support operational delivery.  Willing and able to learn new programmes and techniques quickly. 

> Experience of working effectively with external consultants, suppliers and contractors (including IT, audit and accounting, legal). 

> Professional accountancy qualifications or other relevant finance qualifications. 

> Experience of using Excel and other analysis tools to build financial models.   

 

Desirable 

> Experience of working in investment – establishing operational systems and processes. 

> Experience of working in a start-up or entrepreneurial organisation. 

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  

Having worked with many organisations that champion equality, diversity and inclusion from all walks of life we’re committed to the same principles in our own employment practices. 

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. 

How to Apply 

To apply for the role of Operations and Finance Director, please send your CV and a supporting statement (maximum one side of A4 or max 4 minutes recording) that outlines your motivation for applying to join Social Tech Trust and addresses the requirements set out in the job description 

Please provide: 

>Availability – this role is suitable for candidates who are available for an immediate start or have a notice period of 1 month or less. Please state when you would be available to start from.   

>Referee details – the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees relevant to this role. References will only be taken with your permission, once your application has progressed to offer stage. 

>Contact telephone number. 

Applications should be submitted to Paulina Kowalke at hello@socialtechtrust.org.  

Please note that we will be reviewing applications and carrying out interviews throughout the recruitment period. Once a suitable candidate has been identified we will close the recruitment process so please don’t delay your application if this role is of interest. 

If you have queries about any aspect of the appointment process or would like additional information, please contact Paulina Kowalke at hello@socialtechtrust.org