Finance Director (Interim), Part time 4-5 days per week

£50,000-£55,000 pro rata (including London weighting) pro rata, depending on experience
21 Dec 2018
21 Jan 2019

About the Role

  • Salary: £50,000-£55,000 p.a. (including London weighting) pro rata, depending on experience
  • Closing date: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Hours: This is a 4-5 day/week contract on a fixed term until end of August 2019 (Note: we are able to offer flexibility on working hours and are open to discussion with candidates)
  • Start date: Immediate
  • Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer Responsible for: Outsourced Finance team
  • Job Location: The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF
  • Annual leave: 25 days p.a. pro rata, plus additional 3 days p.a. to cover Christmas office shut-down between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

The Access Project (TAP) is looking to grow significantly over the next five years, growing revenue from c. £2.0m to £2.5m and its staff team from c. 45 to c.70. The Finance Director will help The Access Project achieve this by managing our budget, and operating as a financial partner for the Executive team when planning projects and ensuring most effective deployment of resource.

The Interim Finance Director will be responsible for the finances of The Access Project including budgeting, accounting and forecasting. They will manage the outsourced finance team that produce the management and annual accounts, and lead the year end process, provide financial information and recommendations to the Board of Trustees and Executive Team.

The Access Project has a new CEO joining from February 2019. As such we are appointing this role initially until August 2019.

Young people are at the heart of The Access Project, and as such we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We fully expect the Interim Finance Director to share this commitment. Please note that a high standard of written and spoken English is required in order to carry out this role.

About The Access Project

The Access Project works with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to top universities. Why do we do this? Because at present just 1 in 50 young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds gets into a top university compared to 1 in 4 of their most advantaged peers. Unless this improves, we are unlikely to see any significant improvements in social mobility in the UK.

As a charity we run a programme with 1,300 young people aged 14-18 across 31 schools. We recruit and train graduate volunteers to be exceptional tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors our students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works. Our students perform better than their peers academically, and independent analysis by UCAS has shown that students on our programme are twice as likely to get into a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background who has not had our support. As a charity our ambition is to reach more young people whilst maintaining this exceptionally high impact.

The Access Project currently works in London and the East and West Midlands. We have a growing team (currently 44 people) working in schools and in our regional offices. We are on a strong financial footing: we are on course for turnover of £2.0m in 2017-18, and will finish this financial year with over £550k in reserves. Our funding comes from a range of sources including schools, businesses, major donors and grant-making trusts.We know that there are many bright disadvantaged young people outside of our current geographies who have the talent to go on to top universities – but aren’t able to fulfil this potential. Our long-term ambition is to grow to national reach.

Please see our online application portal for further information and how to apply.


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