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Director for Finance and Resources

Job Description

Reporting to: All ACO staff are under the overall leadership and direction of the Secretary General. The Director of Finance and Resources will be managed by the Chief Operating Officer and will be a key member of the Management Team.

Responsible for: All staff within finance and facilities management (currently 6 staff, 4.8 fte)

Job purpose

  • To lead and direct the Anglican Communion’s financial strategy and management in line with best commercial and voluntary sector practice.
  • To ensure commercial planning, delivery and evaluation in all areas of ACO activity.
  • To lead on HR administration ensuring that best practice is followed with full regulatory compliance.
  • To ensure facilities, IT and other resources are in place for ACO’s staff and volunteers to contribute effectively.
  • To share in the leadership and management of the ACO as a member of the management team.


  • The finance function of the ACO provides financial management and administration for related charities: the Anglican Alliance and the Lambeth Conference. Leading this delivery will be a responsibility of the Director of Finance and Resources.

Key responsibilities – finance

  • To lead on the development and execution of financial strategy, financial planning, budgeting and cost control for the ACO and related charities.
  • To be the key advisor to Secretary General, Chief Operating Officer and management team and trustees on the overall financial landscape for the ACO and its on-going performance and position.
  • To manage and continuously improve the efficient running of financial operations including the preparation of management accounts, cash flow forecasts, payroll, tax returns, creditor payments and efficient management of debtors and contributors.
  • To ensure that an adequate control framework exists.
  • To manage and continuously improve financial reporting ensuring accurate, timely and appropriate information for colleagues.
  • To manage budgeting and planning processes, providing all appropriate financial data, and supporting budget-holding staff in all areas.
  • To manage the preparation of statutory accounts and be the main contact with external auditors.
  • To be vigilant to financial and operational risks and to report and mitigate such risks, contributing to formal risk assessment and reporting.
  • To support funding applications with project and programme budgeting.
  • To ensure that ACO’s financial policies are up-to-date and compliant with legislation, drafting and reviewing policies as necessary, communicating policies to all staff and being accountable for monitoring adherence to financial policies and procedures.

Key responsibilities – commercial

  • To ensure that commercial criteria are applied in considering external relationships and opportunities.
  • To take responsibility for the development of commercial contracts, ensuring that all terms and conditions of agreements meet accepted requirements.
  • To provide expertise on key financial negotiations with suppliers, overseeing the negotiation of contracts and agreements where appropriate.

Key responsibilities – HR

  • To support the Chief Operating Officer in developing and delivery HR strategy for the ACO.
  • To ensure that best practice is applied in all areas of HR through managing recruitment, development, appraisal, terms and conditions etc.

Key responsibilities – facilities

  • To ensure that premises meet the organisational requirements in terms of health and safety, employer liability, work effectiveness and provide a good working environment for all staff.
  • To review regularly current and future premises needs.
  • To ensure that IT and other resources meet the organisational needs for employed and voluntary staff to be able to work effectively and efficiently, anticipating and providing for future requirements.
  • To ensure that office and facilities management is effective and supports colleagues in all areas.

Key responsibilities – company secretarial

  • To provide all company secretarial functions for the Anglican Consultative Council and The Lambeth Conference Company and any other related organisations as appropriate.

Key responsibilities – leadership

  • To act as a member of the leadership team taking a full part on the executive leadership and management of the ACO.
  • To ensure that finance and administration personnel are fully informed about ACO strategies, plans and developments.
  • To form strong collaborative relationships with the other teams.

Key responsibilities – general

  • To keep up to date with current developments and trends in charity finance and in the voluntary sector generally.
  • To keep up to date and comply with financial, data protection and other relevant legislation and codes of practice and good standards.
  • To represent the Anglican Communion at key events and activities relevant to the role.
  • To undertake any other tasks reasonably required. 

Anglican Communion Office – Director for Finance and Resources Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience

  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • Accountancy qualification (ICAEW, ICAS, CIMA, ACCA, or equivalent) with evidence of CPD activity
  • Expert understanding and knowledge of the UK charity finance environment and good practice gained in a complex professional financial management environment
  • Experience in commercial planning and budgeting and of analysing and reporting on activity and outcomes
  • Experience in managing HR issues for a diverse staff
  • Experience in managing IT issues and leading on complex IT decision making
  • Experience in managing and motivating people and teams and of effective delegation
  • Experience as a confident presenter, able to tailor messages for different audiences

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong and confident financial leader capable of directing financial strategy and delivering highest quality financial management
  • Capable of balancing commercial opportunities and realistic risk management
  • Well developed and rounded management skills, capable of maximising the contribution of support staff and volunteer boards and individuals
  • Capability to contribute effectively as a leader beyond immediate functional responsibility and take a role in developing and communicating organisation strategy and approach
  • Naturally innovative with a keen determination to learn from the experience of others and apply new solutions to problems
  • Strong commitment to personal development for self and team members
  • Well connected to appropriate professional groups and forums
  • Ability to lead effective meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Well organised with attention to detail and ability to lead others to achieve the same standards
  • Fully IT literate with strong understanding of strategic IT issues


  • Have an understanding of and be sympathetic to the life and work of the Anglican Communion
  • Be prepared and able to travel throughout the Anglican Communion and elsewhere on occasion
  • Willing and able to travel and to work evenings and weekends as required

Anglican Communion Office - Director for Finance and Resources Background Information

About the Anglican Communion Office

The ACO is the permanent Secretariat for the Instruments of Communion of the Anglican Communion.  It serves the Anglican Consultative Council, the Primates’ Meetings, and the Lambeth Conference as well as commissions, committees and groups that emerge from time to time, as the need arises.  Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon serves as Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Relating to Anglican Churches around the world is a critical part of the role, as is occasional overseas travel.

A related charity, the Anglican Alliance, is located in the ACO building and works closely with ACO staff. It’s financial affairs are managed by the ACO finance team; its statutory accounts are consolidated into the ACO accounts.

The Lambeth Conference is a separate charitable company becoming fully operational in preparation of the next Conference in 2020. Its financial management will be undertaken within the ACO.

About financial leadership

The position of Director for Finance and Resources is based at St Andrew’s House in Westbourne Park, London W11 and involves responsibility for and oversight of all financial, HR, IT and facilities issues in an office of just over 20 people.

The Director is supported by one part-time assistant accountant and a full-time administrator who also acts as bookkeeper.  SAP accounting software has been in place for a number of years along with extensive use of Excel. The post has been undertaken on a four day per week basis, but expansion to full time is anticipated to allow for the additional workload of the Lambeth Conference 2020.

Our Director for Finance and Administration is leaving after 5½ years and we want to make a new appointment to strengthen the senior team and lead on financial strategy and delivery. Financial procedures and reporting are good, as is the capability of the finance team, but there is room and need for further development. There is a need to develop financial understanding and improved financial practices throughout the ACO team.

In addition to core financial responsibility the Finance and Resources Director will lead on risk and company secretarial matters as well as having responsibility for HR administration, all facilities and IT. 

The Finance and Resources Director will be part of the management team providing operational leadership for the ACO.

Other Information

This role will require some national and international travel, occasionally to higher risk locations. All travel for ACO staff is undertaken on the most cost-effective basis possible.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

General Conditions:

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law, that our work places are free from unlawful discrimination on the following grounds:

  • Age
  • Colour,  race or ethnic or national origin
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marital Status
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual Orientation

Standards of Behaviour and Conduct

Staff are expected to act at all times with due consideration for others and in a manner befitting their position as employees and as professionals, whatever their job. The values the Anglican Communion Office seeks to maintain are;

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Hospitality
  • Humility
  • Openness


Staff must not pass on to unauthorised persons, any information obtained in the course of their duties without the permission of the Secretary General.

Terms of Employment:

Salary: This senior position will be remunerated in the range £50,000 to £55,000

Pension Contributions: Staff will be admitted to the Church Workers Pension Fund (Pension Builder Classic scheme).

The Anglican Communion Council contributes 10% of basic salary and employees are required to contribute a minimum of 2.5%.

Hours of Duty: Normal hours of work are 35 per week, Monday to Friday with an hour’s unpaid break for lunch. Holders of senior positions are expected to adopt a flexible approach to hours worked to fulfil the duties of the post.  Consideration will be given to candidates wishing to work 4 days per week.

Annual Leave:25 days paid leave per leave year. This is exclusive of public holidays and additional non contractual privilege holidays. The leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.

Season Ticket Loan:Staff are eligible to apply for an interest-free travel season ticket loan for their journey to and from work.

Contract: The post is offered on a permanent contract, subject to a six month probationary period.

Closing date for receipt of applications:

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2017 and interviews are likely to take place at our office during the week commencing 3 July.

Applications: Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons. The application should include a full CV, a supporting statement and the names of at least three referees, including a professional and a personal referee.  References will be requested only for the successful candidate following interview.

Applications should be sent to: All applications and enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.