Head of Finance

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Charity

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 17/03/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £55,685 - £64,554 per annum


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world’s leading independent, medical, humanitarian organisation. We deliver emergency aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF assists people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender, political affiliation or any other individual characteristic. Our work also involves raising awareness of the crises that we are witnessing, to try and improve the circumstances of those suffering from their effects.

MSF UK is a larger section within the global MSF movement with an annual income in 2020 of 73 million GBP. We are looking for a strategic and forward thinking Head of Finance to drive forward our Finance and Office Services function at an exciting moment for the organisation.

Reporting into the Executive Director of MSF UK, the Head of Finance is a key leadership role overseeing Finance and Office Services, and is the most senior finance professional within the organisation.

The Finance and Office Services team have worked incredibly hard during 2020 and 2021, laying stronger foundations for the Finance and Office Services function. This has primarily involved the introduction of a new finance system, with an updated set of finance policies and processes; the development of a new procurement vision and policy framework; and a strong focus on a COVID-safe London office. We are now looking for a strong Head of Finance to take the Finance and Office Services function to the next level with enhanced business partnering to the wider organisation; greater strategic and analytical financial capability; and a look to the future of our working environment.

As Head of Finance, as well as leading a committed and enthusiastic team, you will be playing a central role as part of MSF UK and Ireland’s Management Team and have a close working relationship with MSF UK’s supportive and stimulating Board of Trustees and relevant sub-committees. You will also be a member of MSF’s international financial platform, playing a role in MSF’s global financial strategy and management.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant, and will need to demonstrate:

  • Proven experience in a leadership role;
  • Experience at Board level and ability to work in collaboration with Trustees and colleagues;
  • Understanding and experience of strategic risk management, finance audit and internal controls

For further information, please view our dedicated candidate pack here.

We are looking for an individual that is an excellent financial senior leader, with strategic acumen and strong management skills, with the ability to motivate teams to deliver excellent performance and who possesses strong delegation, coaching and mentoring skills. A team-player that takes responsibility for the wider functioning of MSF UK and Ireland and who shares MSF’s humanitarian values as well as our belief in the value of a diverse, inclusive and safe working environment.

If the above fits your description, we would love to hear from you.

Please submit your CV, with a supporting statement describing why you would be the best person to join this team and make Médecins Sans Frontières UK the best it can be.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact our exclusive partner, Bryony Thomas, via the Allen Lane website.

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Bryony Thomas (née Feeney)

33 King Street, St. James’s,
London, SW1Y 6RJ

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