Director of Finance and Resources - Person Specification

All of the following requirements are essential, unless marked with a * indicating that they are desirable.

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Educational Achievements, Qualifications, Training

  • Recognised UK accountancy qualification ACA, CIMA, CIPFA.

Experience and Knowledge

  • Proven track record of senior financial management, including significant treasury management experience
  • Experience in hedging activities which allow sophisticated management of interest rate exposure
  • Previous experience of leading a finance team
  • Experience of developing and implementing business plans and other related planning documents
  • Experience of managing risk management models and processes
  • Knowledge of funding sources and the ability to network effectively with potential funders
  • Significant staff management and team building experience
  • Experience of implementation and management of IT systems
  • Knowledge of key requirements of procurement strategies and processes
  • Track record of developing effective and high quality financial and customer services in a changing and dynamic environment
  • Understanding/experience within housing or property development and knowledge of the major policy issues *
  • Understanding of local government finance and legislation *
  • Understanding the issues surrounding special purpose vehicles and asset backed organisations *
  • Management qualification *

Job Related Aptitude and Skills

  • Skilled at negotiation and ability to apply different techniques to varying situations
  • Knowledge of treasury management techniques matched by experience in raising private finance
  • A comprehensive understanding of loan covenants and the factors which influence funders
  • A comprehensive knowledge of financial modelling. The ability to create straightforward models which facilitate the analysis of current and projected activities and demonstrate their short, medium and long term viability and impact on the business
  • Ability to identify the role of finance in the wider objectives of the organisation and to create and define appropriate financial strategies and policies which facilitate their delivery

Additional Requirements

  • An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities
  • An understanding of health and safety in the workplace
  • An understanding of data protection confidentiality
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and motivational skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a key member of the Executive Management Team and in partnership with the Board
  • An eye for detail combined with a solutions focused approach to challenges and opportunities
  • Highly developed communication, presentational and interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed written, numerical and communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to embrace change
  • Sensitivity to customer needs and expectations
  • A learning and inquisitive attitude to development in the environment and policy and practice
  • A can do mentality with an innovative approach and a willingness to take acceptable risks
  • Ability to contribute to the corporate management of the organisation, contributing to issues and decisions affecting the whole organisation
  • Occasional need to work out of normal office hours from time to time

Additional Information

  • All posts are subject to a 6-month probationary period
  • This post is subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Check
  • This post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974), therefore applicants must be prepared to disclose all criminal convictions and cautions, including those that would otherwise be spent under the Act.

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