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Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.

Head of Finance (2922)



£48,000 - £48,000/annum + amazing range of benefits

Job Location
- United Kingdom -- England -- West Midlands -- Warwickshire -- Atherstone

Job Type

27 December 2018

Head of Finance

We’re Twycross Zoo (TZ), an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction, currently attracting 500,000 visitors each year. We’re at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20-year, £55million masterplan underway.

This masterplan will see us develop new habitats for a refreshed animal collection and enhanced visitor experience. We’re at the forefront of conservation, education and research, and have a strong commitment to our award-winning education programme which aims to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding about the animals and their plight in the wild.

At TZ you’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core. We offer a diverse range of roles and are committed to the fundamental approach of equal opportunities in employment. Our team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.

What will this role of Head of Finance entail?

As the Head of Finance, you’ll support the Chief Finance Officer by managing the day-to-day finance function. You’ll work as part of the operational management team as a key finance business partner, working within a regulatory environment and to tight deadlines.

You’ll oversee the Management Accountant and our Transactional Finance Assistants, whom you’ll manage, develop and motivate to achieve financial excellence. Your duties will also include although not be limited to:

  • Leading the monthly management accounts timetable
  • Leading on the production of operational financial KPI’s and preparation of the budgeting process
  • Managing the payroll and cash office and overseeing the transactional purchase and sales ledgers and stock control processes
  • Managing completion of regular balance sheet reconciliations
  • Overseeing the monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting cycles to budget holders and Trustees
  • Leading on compliance, preparation and reporting of VAT and Gift Aid claims and submissions
  • Managing the annual audit, including preparing financial statements in compliance with relevant Charity SORP and accounting standards

Due to the nature of the organisation you may be required to work occasional weekend days (not expected to be more than 4 occasions a year).

What will I need to be considered for this Head of Finance vacancy?

  • Be ACA / ACCA / CIMA qualified, with proven post qualification technical experience
  • Proven experience effectively managing a team
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Excel and accounting software, preferably Sage 200
  • High level of awareness of sector and statutory compliance issues

What will I receive in return?

As the Head of Finance, you’ll receive a salary of £48,000, along with fantastic additional benefits including 31 days holiday per annum (inclusive of bank holidays), private medical insurance and life assurance, a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets, and free onsite parking.

Contract: Permanent, Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm with flexibility required to meet business needs.

Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).

All applications for this Head of Finance vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.

Contact information

Twycross Zoo