Full time (35 hours)
Home or office based (offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Glasgow)
£40,000 - £45,000
The Big Issue mission is to dismantle poverty by creating opportunity through self-help, social trading and business solutions - a "hand up, not a hand out" We provide an "access to all" means for people to earn a legitimate source of income, to raise their self-esteem and to take control of their lives. One of the ways we do this is through supporting vendors to sell The Big Issue magazine.
Our vendors are traders, retailers on the High Street. Since The Big Issue was launched in 1991 and its Foundation in 1995, we've supported hundreds of thousands of people to work their way out of poverty. Over the past two decades the magazine has become synonymous with challenging, independent journalism. It currently circulates around 100,000 copies every week.
Vendors are allocated a pitch and issued with five free copies of the magazine to get them started. From that point, vendors invest in additional magazines at £1.50 and sell them on at £3.00 retaining the profit. Last year alone, we put more than £5million in the pockets of our vendors, releasing them from a dependence on hand-outs, building confidence, gaining respect, and providing a connection and in some cases a lifeline to their communities.
The Big Issue Foundation supports Vendors (and increasingly others) with "wrap around support`" - (health, housing, debt, addiction, mental health and employability). We do this by connecting vendors with the vital support services, personal solutions, Big Issue programmes and employment pathways that enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own routes to a better and more sustainable future. And this is where you come in
Managing the business model, risk and financials of any business, is one of the most critical functions in the organisation. It is the engine room that keeps the wheels turning. It provides the information from which all key decisions are made. The roles of the Director of Finance and Finance Manager are integral to and embedded within the team, and are a resource which is respected and valued by all of us.
The Finance Manager will work closely with the service and fundraising teams, helping managers to understand the position of their part of the charity and is responsible for delivering the budget, forecasts and income processing in line with the 3-year plan & supporting the teams in the development of new business plans.
You'll join us in promoting a culture of openness, collaboration, adaptiveness and ambition and ensure the Foundation remains true to its core values as we grow. Our culture is important to us. You'll enjoy collaborating to develop and deliver strategies and plans that enhance both employee wellbeing and business performance.
The successful candidate is likely to be newly or part qualified and a current active member of an Accounting Body (CCAB, CIMA or overseas equivalent), bring experience of working effectively with non-finance stakeholders and ideally to have a combination of commercial and charity sector experience
How to apply
Application is by way of a CV and a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 which highlights your motivations for applying and how your experience and knowledge fit the criteria of the Person Specification.
Closing date: 10.00am Thursday 27th January 2022
Selection and timescales:
There is a two-stage selection process.
First Interviews: Thursday 3rd February 2022
Second interviews: Wednesday 9th February 2022
The format of the interviews will be determined by the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions that apply at the time.
If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role before you formally apply, please contact our recruitment partner:
Carroll Lloyd, Director, NFP Consulting
T: 07765 001 033
Please let us know if you have any special requirements which we might need to consider in relation to the selection process, e.g., attending interview.