Finance and Operations Associate

Centre for Public Impact

  • Team: Global Hub
  • Grade: Associate
  • Salary: £36,660 - £41,070 p.a.
  • Location: United Kingdom (hybrid working, optional office space in Waterloo)
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 15th Jul 2022 BST

Job Description

Term: Fixed Term (6-12months) with possibility to move to permanent after this time

Type:  Full-Time, 37.5 hours/week

Reports to: CPI Director of Corporate Services within our Global Hub team

About the Centre for Public Impact (CPI)

CPI is a not-for-profit founded by the Boston Consulting Group. ​​We work with governments, public servants and other changemakers to reimagine government, and turn ideas into action, so that government works for everyone.

We are a small organisation, and just over seven years old, but already our global footprint is expansive and we partner with some of the biggest names in government, academia and public sector innovation in the world. The CPI Global Hub is a team of eight (and growing!) who support our global regions in terms of finance, operations, governance, people and communications. The team supports our regional entities in Europe, Australia/ New Zealand and North America, as well as a very new team (of two) in India. 

Our values: 

  • courageous - we have the courage to speak the truth, to challenge without fear and tackle the difficult questions

  • respectful - we respect differences, we seek to understand them and we look out for one another

  • optimistic - we are positive about what we and governments can do for our societies

  • inclusive - we are non partisan, we work together and seek ideas and solutions across the divides

To advance our purpose of reimagining government so that it works for everyone, CPI seeks to attract and support a diversity of backgrounds, experience, talent and thought. For this reason, we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. This includes candidates that have previously found it hard to be considered for other positions on the basis of their qualifications, disabilities, personal background or life events. If you would like to apply for the position but see a barrier to joining us, please do apply and we'll collaborate with you to see how we might be able to accommodate your needs. You can also read our full Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy here.

Most of the CPI Global Hub team is based in London, but we are open to candidates joining us from anywhere across the UK. As we are still in start-up mode, we need someone who is willing to work across the full spectrum of tasks - from administrative work to blue-sky thinking. 

About the Role

As a Finance & Operations Associate in the Global Hub team, you’ll be working closely with colleagues across the globe, spreading your time across finance, operations and governance, helping us grow in a sustainable way and ensuring we operate in an efficient and effective manner. 

Key responsibilities will include: 


  • Ensuring that payroll is executed correctly and on time each month

  • Managing employee pension contributions and opt ins/outs

  • Checking VAT and HMRC filings prior to their submission

  • Helping with the planning and optimisation of internal systems and processes

  • Month end preparation including management accounts, balance sheet reconciliations, journals  and intercompany transactions


  • Ensuring contracts are agreed with suppliers and electronically signed by relevant parties

  • Support office/facilities management, supplier management and processes with CPI group functions

  • Support risk and governance tasks, such as operational reports, stakeholder management, etc.


  • Ensure good governance and compliance with financial controls, processes and procedures

  • Support operational governance tasks, such as performing supplier verifications

  • Seek out methods for minimising financial and operational risk to CPI

  • Assist with regulatory filings, ensuring CPI remains complaint with relevant charity legislation

  • Support with planning, arranging and monitoring a schedule of meetings for the Board and  sub-committees

Position Requirements, Skills, and Core Competencies:

We are seeking a high-potential, impact-minded team member with:

  • At least 1-3 years of relevant professional experience working in a finance capacity, in either an impact, policy, consulting, or service-oriented environment

  • Demonstrable knowledge of and passion for public impact

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience interacting effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds

  • Experience using an online accounting package

  • Experience managing accounts receivables and payables

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Self-starting and proactive in improving processes

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Good Excel/Google Sheets knowledge

  • Trustworthy and discreet when dealing with confidential information

  • Able to work independently

We are a rapidly growing organisation and offer ample opportunities for growth and personal development. To thrive at CPI, you will be:

  • Passionate about CPI’s vision for reimagining government and supporting the team to deliver our mission and purpose

  • Excited about working in an international organisation and be willing to make the effort needed to build relationships and stay connected with colleagues in different timezones

  • Intellectually curious and excited by innovative approaches to big challenges

  • Entrepreneurially minded, with a passion for building an organisation

  • A believer in the positive potential of government to catalyse impact  

  • A culture builder in fostering diversity, inclusion and human equity across a team

  • Humble, empathetic, and good-humoured

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and in ways which look quite different to a 9am-5pm style of job

We look forward to receiving your application via the Applied platform. If you have any questions about this position or for information, please contact

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