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Head of Finance

Posted 7 March by UK Shared Business Services Ended

Head of Finance
£50,000 - £55,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Full Time

About Us
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. CEH is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.

An exciting opportunity now exists to apply your financial leadership and management expertise in a world-class research organisation, addressing major societal and environmental challenges.

Reporting to the Director of Business & Finance, you will lead a team of 12 staff located throughout Great Britain at CEH’s four sites. The Finance Team focuses on providing a flexible finance service for scientists and infrastructure teams to enable them to deliver the best possible science, while working within an appropriate governance framework.

The Head of Finance role is required to support CEH and ensure that there is appropriate controls and financial management information. This role will be critical in shaping and establishing processes into CEH which are currently managed through a shared service.

About You

With proven ability to operate at a strategic level, you will have strong collaborative skills to work in partnership with users, including scientists and other professional groups. You will be able to demonstrate how you lead and manage people effectively to enable sustained and effective delivery including leading change successfully.

You will have a long term vision for effective finance support with proven ability to deliver at an organisational level in a planned and effective manner. You will be able to demonstrate how you use your deep and broad current skills combined with excellent judgement to identify and resolve issues, including the ability to resolve highly complex problems. This will include an appropriate finance qualification supported with experience of leading and managing a finance function.

With proven oral and written communication skills, you will be effective in presentation of concepts and proposals and in negotiation to the benefit of the organisation.

We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. In addition CEH/NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum.

Status Changes
From April 2018, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

Associated with this change is the plan for CEH to subsequently move outside the public sector to become a not for profit research organisation with charitable status. We will continue to be funded as now by a mixture of NERC and competitively won income.

How to apply

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Closing Date: 22nd March 2018
Interview Date: 18th April 2018

Required skills

  • Ecology
  • Finance Function
  • Hydrology
  • Establishing Processes
  • Environmental Science

Reference: 34624557

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