Head of Finance and Business Support (712)

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
Contract type: Permanent

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex. Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, highly skilled financial professional looking to step up to a broader, key leadership role. Our Head of Finance and Business Support will lead the development of our financial strategy whilst also leading strong service delivery. You will innovate, motivate and communicate; analyse and understand our business; and lead and support change. You will advise on key decisions.

You will lead the Finance Department staff and our professional project support teams to deliver a high quality, informed and continuously improving service. You will have a key role to play in many aspects of the strategic financial management of the Institute and you should have a demonstrable track record in this area. You will contribute to a range of critical initiatives including a core systems review, due diligence and risk management; and refining and reforming the business model.

The successful candidate will have a CCAB recognised accountancy qualification and be educated to at least degree standard or equivalent. You will have significant senior experience of a finance function and experience of contract management and working with partner organisations. You will have a strategic approach, technical excellence and outstanding communication skills. You will be highly motivated and able to motivate others, with a supportive management style, able to lead change and win the confidence of staff across the Institute.

Salary: c £60k
Closing Date: Thursday 17th March 2016, 12pm UK time
Interview Dates: Monday 18th April 2016

OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORMS ONLY, CVs are not accepted. Please see below for an application form and the Vacancy Particulars. Please ensure that you quote the correct reference number when sending your application.