We’re recruiting for an Operations and Finance Director

Based in London or Oxfordshire. This full time, permanent role reports directly to the CEO. Salary: £65,000-£70,000 plus benefits.

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 ready to scale our impact.

In pursuit of our vision of a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech, we’ve already invested more than £31 million in almost 800 socially motivated initiatives over the last ten years. Following a strategic review, we’re further developing our investment function to provide ventures with the longer-term support they need to scale and expanding our grant programmes to inspire tech innovation.

We’re now seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate as our new Operations and Finance Director. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and hands on, with excellent operational and financial skills.

The Operations and Finance Director will report to the CEO and will play a lead role in developing our operational functionality in line with our strategic and investment plans to further our vision and maximise our social impact.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a strategic thinker with operational and financial acumen, who is looking to use their previous skills and experience to help build a highly effective organisation that is dedicated to transforming lives with tech.

About this role

The successful candidate will play a lead role developing the Trust’s operations and finance functions. They will have responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of all aspects of the operations of the Trust and its subsidiaries, and for building our capabilities to deliver our strategic priorities, including our investment function. This is a critical role, leading a small team, as part of an ambitious, purpose driven organisation.

Key responsibilities:

General

> Work with the CEO to develop, evaluate and implement operational and financial strategies to further the Trust’s vision of “a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech”

> Act as a leader for our operations and finance functions, building highly effective systems and processes that propel the organisation to achieve its objectives

> Produce high-quality reports for the CEO and Board on the performance of the Trust and its subsidiaries, including recommendations to mitigate risks and ensure effective delivery

> Other tasks in support of the Trust where required

 Financial planning and management

> Work with the CEO to develop the annual budgets for the Trust, its subsidiaries and investment funds

> Lead the financial modelling of new business opportunities and work with the Investment Director 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 filings and liaising with tax experts regarding structuring

> Oversee the Trust’s management accounts and payroll

 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

> Act as the Data Protection Officer for the Trust and its subsidiaries, to ensure user and data integrity across all systems

> Maintain and review all contracts for the Trust and its subsidiaries

 Systems and data analysis

> Lead the development and maintenance of operational systems to increase efficiency and ensure effectiveness in delivering the business needs of the Trust and its subsidiaries

> Develop and maintain the Trust’s CRM, analytical and reporting tools to facilitate effective decision making by the Trust’s team and Board

> Oversee the Trust’s telecommunications systems, hardware and software requirements

 HR

>Work with the CEO to develop and embed a working culture that embodies our values in support of our vison

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

Person specification:

The ideal candidate will be an experienced operations and finance professional who is motivated by a deep commitment to use their experience to make a positive impact on people’s lives. They will be equally adept 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 proactive team player with an analytical mind and a talent for effectively managing multiple competing priorities.

 Essential

> A shared belief in Social Tech Trust’s vision of a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech

> A successful track record of managing operations and finance functions, translating strategic plans and decisions into operational practice

> Excellent knowledge of financial planning, management and reporting

> A demonstrable understanding of the importance of meeting governance and compliance requirements, with previous experience of ensuring that such requirements are successfully fulfilled

> A proven team player who will play a full part in leading the day-to-day operations of a small, multi-disciplinary and distributed team

> Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to effectively manage a range of competing priorities

> Ability to establish personal credibility and inspire confidence both internally and externally

> Ability to operate independently and effectively under pressure

> Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

> Flexible and action-oriented work ethic

> Computer literate, with excellent knowledge of Excel and confidence in using a variety of cloud-based systems

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

> High attention to detail with a drive for excellence

 Desirable

> Professional accountancy qualifications or other relevant finance qualifications

> A strong understanding of social investment and/or impact investing

How to Apply

To apply for the role of Operations and Finance Director, please forward your CV together with a supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) that outlines your motivation for applying to join Social Tech Trust and addresses the requirements set out in the person specification.

Please provide 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.

Finally, please ensure that you have included a contact telephone number.

Applications should be submitted to Theana Greenfield at hello@socialtechtrust.org.

The closing date for applications is 17th June 2019 at midday.  Initial interviews will take place week commencing 24th June 2019.  

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