Senior Principal - Head of Finance

Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Team: Finance, Planning & Governance
  • Grade: Senior Principal (Grade 6)
  • Salary: 61,117
  • Location: Manchester, Glasgow or Cardiff. With occasional travel to other locations to meet business needs.
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 3rd Jul 2022 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

You will lead the Finance team at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, ensuring the Commission achieves its objectives through strong financial planning, management and reporting. You will manage both the financial and management accounting functions within the Commission providing inspiring and visible leadership to the teams guiding them in the delivery of a comprehensive, high quality and proactive financial service. You will work with the Director of Finance to ensure the Commission delivers its role in a manner that ensures regularity, propriety, value for money and feasibility.

This will be a fast paced, complex and fascinating job at the heart of the organisation, enabling our workforce to deliver in on high profile, high impact issues to do with equality and human rights in Britain. This is both an outstanding opportunity and a chance to make a far-reaching contribution to the Commission.

If you are an energetic, driven and collaborative leader who shares our values and passion, we would love to hear from you.

You will:

  • Oversee the production of the Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts for the Commission ensuring compliance with Government control totals, accounting standards and policies and ensuring they are laid pre-recess before the parliament.

  • Lead a compact Finance team of 6 professionals delivering a wide range of financial accounting, financial operations and finance business partnering functions ensuring that a quality service is provided to all internal and external stakeholders.   

  • Play a key role in supporting the Leadership Team and wider organisation and ensure Finance is at the heart of decision making in the organisation, and driving the promotion of financial/commercial literacy across the Commission.

  • Oversee the allocation of resources and budget planning for the commission ensuring appropriate prioritisation and trade-offs of requirements.

  • Be responsible for the finance policies and processes, ensuring they are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

  • Manage relationships with the National Audit Office, Internal Auditors and Cabinet Office Finance and ensure all requirements are compliantly satisfied.

  • Provide data-led and insight driven business partnering, working with the business to improve its understanding of its cost drivers to drive effective use of resources.

  • Coach and provide direction to your team to enable them to deliver a high quality Finance function for the Commission, creating a strong cultural identity and cohesion, empowering staff, promoting accountability and the autonomy to deliver internal and external objectives

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The role requires intellectual depth, strong financial management skills, diplomacy and resilience. You will need to build strong relationships with senior leaders and hold your own in a senior leadership environment.

You will need to have the confidence of your key customers, the Leadership team, as well as inspiring your team and supporting them to thrive.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience required include:


  • A qualified accountant (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent)

  • Extensive proven ability to analyse high volumes of financial information

  • Experience as a skilled finance professional, with credibility and commercial awareness across a broad range of financial disciplines including oversight of year end account preparation, financial control and resource planning.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to a senior audience and to present and write reports at a senior level.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in providing strategic advice, balancing the need to challenge and support teams appropriately.

  • Knowledge of Government Finance and processes, such as Treasury funding mechanisms, and spending reviews, or the ability to learn new financial frameworks quickly.


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and inform at a senior level, demonstrating a strong track record of building excellent internal and external stakeholder relationships.

  • Sound knowledge of the corporate governance of public sector bodies including governance frameworks and accountability systems, and the relationship between Arms’s Length Bodies (ALBs) and their sponsor department.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in the candidate pack.

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, please review the attached Candidate Pack for more information and submit your application today!

If you have any questions, please contact Olufemi Oguntunde, Director of Finance and Procurement- or 020 7832 7810.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an accredited Disability Confident Leader and operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for candidates with a disability.

Should you wish to apply under our Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment, please indicate this in your application.  

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment  – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100.

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Start your de-biased application