Financial Controller

Transparency International UK

Location Blended working with office space in London EC2A 3AY
Salary £63,000
Team Finance, Technology
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 6th Dec 2022 GMT

Job Description

  • Full time: 35 hrs per week (a 4 day, 28 hrs week will also be considered)

  • Permanent

  • Full time salary: £63,000 per annum

  • Location: Office in Rivington Street EC2A 3AY, with opportunity for blended working

About us

Transparency International is a global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government politics, business and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. Transparency International UK is the UK national chapter of this movement. We work with the British government, parliamentarians, civil society and the private sector to tackle corruption at home, addressing the UK’s global corruption footprint and helping multinational companies prevent corruption by operating with integrity. We are also home to two major global programmes tackling corruption in the Defence and Security sector and Global Health on behalf of the wider Transparency International movement.

Finance and Technology play a central role within the Shared Services team, supporting Programmes and ensuring the organisation is well managed and can deliver on strategic priorities. This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

About the role

As Financial Controller you will be responsible for effective financial planning and delivery, ensuring the finance function acts as a business partner to all programmatic and shared services teams within TI-UK. Leading on budgeting and management accounting to ensure that financial goals are achieved and donor reporting is delivered in line with contracts. Ensuring that as TI-UK adapts to new funding opportunities that the resources and processes are in place to deliver these effectively (approximately 85-90 per cent of role).  As a project lead, supporting the development of technology and knowledge management systems across TI-UK and ensuring effective collaboration between outsourced external technology providers and teams. Acting as the organisational Data Protection Officer (approximately 10-15 per cent of role). The role requires the post holder to have experience of working in a finance function, managing a varied workload with range of deadlines and utilising the capacity of the small team (that includes International Finance experience) to best effect. 

You will apply your skills in relation to management of financial resources, budget planning, and information technology. This will be demonstrated through effective strategic thinking, team management, attention to detail and excellent communication skills. 

  • Financial Planning & Budgeting: Coordination of the annual/quarterly planning and budgeting process ensuring that revenue and expenditure forecasts are aligned to donor funding, contracts and the fundraising pipeline. Balance sheet reviews and control procedure checks. Monthly and multi-year cash flow forecasting. Monthly reporting to the Senior Leadership Team/Budget Holders. Reporting to the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

  • Business Partnering: Ensuring teams are supported with financial information to allow for effective management reporting and decision making, including resource commitments. Team member on large bid development and ensuring that resources and systems are planned and in place to deliver new funding/ contracting streams. Supporting Directors and Fundraising colleagues.

  • Year-end Audit / Statutory Reporting: ensuring that the year-end audit is satisfactorily completed with audit packs and information provided to the external auditors and the COO. Preparing annual reporting and submission to the Charity Commission. Follow up and resolution of audit findings. Reporting to the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. VAT returns preparation and submission. 

  • Donor Financial Reporting: overseeing external financial reporting to donors and contractors. Ensuring exchange rate risks are being monitored and evaluated. Oversight and monitoring of partner grant funding (including International Chapters/Partners). Donor audit reporting as required.

  • Systems & Procedures: responsibility for oversight and effectiveness of all accounting records and processes and other statutory requirements. Maintaining registers and logs of assets, bank signatories, budget approvers and credit card holders. Authorising payments on banking systems. Ensuring the Finance Manual and documented procedures are regularly reviewed and updated. Developing new policies as required. Providing deep dives into risks areas to demonstrate that systems and controls are working effectively. Monthly review and authorization of outsourced payroll in conjunction with the People Team. Ensuring insurance arrangements are in place.

  • Training: delivery of finance training for those who require it across TI-UK. Ensuring that funding partners have awareness of financial procedures and reporting requirements. Communicate and manage all financial policies and ensure these are circulated and adhered to by others. Ensuring awareness of anti-fraud actions.

  • Risk Management: responsibility for ensuring effective financial risk management across TI-UK and oversight of all mitigations.

  • Technology: Supporting technology enhancements across TI-UK that allow for effective blended working and collaboration. Reviewing and developing business continuity arrangements.  Ensuring effective risk assessment, resourcing and project management on technology enhancements. Ensuring effective collaboration between outsourced external technology providers and teams.

  • Knowledge Management: Supporting the development of knowledge management systems across TI-UK and. Acting as the organisational Data Protection Officer.

  • Other: Team Management. Supporting the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee to effectively undertake their oversight role. Board level presentation of organisational financial results and risks. Deputise as required for the Chief Operating Officer in their absence.

About you

You will be a fully qualified accountant (e.g. ICAEW, CIMA, ACA, ACCA or equivalents)

To be successful in the role you will have:


Substantive post qualification experience with demonstrated year end and budget planning cycles, including:

  • Leading small finance function, working autonomously, with initiative and minimum supervision

  • Delivering financial support, guidance and resource allocation through a  business partnering approach 

  • Strong people and communication skills (written and oral)

  • Bid support and commercial approach to contract implementation within the ethos of a charity

  • Sound knowledge of Excel- intermediate to advance

  • Technology including Microsoft 365 capabilities to support knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration  


  • Charity accounting and reporting including U.K. SORP

  • Institutional, Multi-lateral and Foundation restricted funding bids, financial management and reporting

  • International NGO experience including grants management and managing exchange rate risk

  • Broad experience of operational risk and management issues

  • Knowledge of Partial Exemption VAT Schemes


In exchange we will offer:

  • A competitive salary

  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays

  • Up to 5% contributory pension

  • Season ticket loan

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Enhanced sickness and family friendly policies

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • A flexible and friendly working environment, with the opportunity for blended working (more details of this can be found on our website)

Next steps

To start your application, please enter your email address in the top right hand corner and follow the next steps.

You will be asked to answer some questions that are directly related to the skills required for this role. Please note that your CV does not form part of the sift process and you should therefore take the time to answer the specific questions fully and where appropriate with your relevant evidence.

After the advert closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to a first interview. At the end of the process, we will provide you with some feedback on how you have performed.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 6 December 2022. First round virtual interviews are planned for 14 December 2022.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

We are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Tue 6th Dec 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 6th Dec 2022