Head of Finance - Link Group

Job Title: Head of Finance

Salary: GSB 8: £61,032 - £69,113 dependent on skills and experience

Location: Edinburgh Head Office

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Permanent


The Company

Link is one of Scotland’s largest social landlords delivering services to more than 15,500 people and families who need it most, with a vision to be a provider of choice and excellence in the delivery of a wide range of socially inclusive regeneration, housing and support services.

The Link group of companies are Link Group, Link Housing, LinkLiving, Link Property, Horizon Housing Association, Larkfield Housing Association, West Highland Housing Association and Lintel Trust.

Link has established itself as a pillar of support across all local authorities, delivering affordable housing, property management, community investment, support, advice, financial inclusion and employability services. The passion and enthusiasm of the 700 staff, supported by volunteers and board members, has helped Link become a sector leader. Link is in a period of growth and are on target to develop 2,800 new homes by 2021, adding to the 7,600 homes we currently manage, in addition to spending around £10M a year modernising and maintaining our homes.

Link’s Vision is to improve the lives of more people and is supported by its strategic objectives: Providing Homes, Building Communities, Valuing People and Working Together

The Role

Link is looking to appoint an experienced Head of Finance following the retirement of our current jobholder. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate who will work closely with the newly appointed Group Finance Director during what is an exciting period of growth for the organisation.

The Head of Finance is a key role that provides strategic leadership to the Finance team and is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive portfolio of finance functions and services group-wide. The post holder will provide leadership, direction and management to the staff team, comprising Finance Operations and Finance Business Services.

In conjunction with the Group Finance Director, the successful candidate will ensure the delivery of Link’s financial strategy and manage all areas of the wider finance function and deputise for the Group Finance Director both in their absence and as the delegated professional in all areas of finance responsibility.

The Head of Finance will provide highly specialist professional expertise and focused strategic leadership for a comprehensive portfolio of finance activities, which includes advising Boards and senior management teams across the group. The post holder will also represent Link externally to, and work directly with, lenders, investors, advisers as well as partner bodies and other stakeholders.

About You

We are seeking to appoint a highly experienced and qualified accountant with strategic foresight and the ability to bring forward sustainable financial solutions.

With a strong background in and knowledge of the social housing sector, you will have the ability to provide leadership to a large, multi-skilled team including many professionally qualified staff and to lead a customer-focused finance support service.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills and attributes:

  • Qualified accountant with recognised accounting body (e.g. ICAS, ACA, ACCA, CIMA).
  • Highly developed interpersonal and relationship management skills together with excellent communication and presentation skills to explain financial information to a variety of non-technical audiences.
  • Proven experience of working with senior staff from other disciplines in a senior management role.
  • Experience and ability to represent the organisation to partner bodies, investors/funders and advisers.
  • Experience in and knowledge of charitable organisations and social funding regimes.
  • A pro-active approach to effective risk management.

For further information on the main position accountabilities and a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification in the Job information Pack on our online recruitment portal.

Link offers excellent terms and conditions, and as an Investor in People and Healthy Working Lives Gold Awards holder, we aim to provide a wide range of development opportunities and healthy living initiatives. We offer excellent terms and conditions, along with a wide range of development opportunities.

In return, we are looking for applications from people who will contribute to our aims and work to the highest professional standards.

Closing Date: Midnight on Thursday 20 February 2020

Interviews Date: Tuesday 03 March 2020 and Tuesday 10 March 2020 at Edinburgh Head Office

We are inviting candidates to apply by emailing the following information to our Human Resources team at jobs@linkhaltd.co.uk

  • Letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you meet the person specification;
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Details of two referees (one being former employers) and your current remuneration (referees will only be contacted with your permission at offer stage)

No agencies please.

Link is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.  Our offices are fully accessible to wheelchair users and we will interview all disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.