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Careers at Lepra


Director of Resources

Based in Colchester at least 2 days a week. 

Monday - Friday, 35 hours per week (can be flexible)

 

The role of Lepra’s Director of Resources is diverse and will appeal to candidates who like to use their initiative, assume responsibility and work in an ambitious team. The post holder acts as Company Secretary and has responsibility for all areas of financial management, compliance and control as well as HR, IT, facilities, administrative and governance support. The role reports to the Chief Executive and is a member of the Senior Management Team.

You will be

  • A qualified accountant

  • Knowledge of accounting software and systems implementation

  • Experience of managing the budgeting processes at a senior level in an organisation

  • Experience of providing financial support to a medium or large sized company or charity

  • Experience and understanding of regulation and financial compliance with for example HMRC, the Charity Commission and Companies’ House

  • Competent at communicating financial information to a non-financial audience

  • An accomplished and swift financial planner, with excellent analytical and reporting skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships internally and externally and work well in a team

What we will give to you:

  • In addition to public holidays as they occur in England, you will be entitled to 26 days paid annual leave, or pro-rata equivalent, which includes 3 days that must be taken between the Boxing Day  Bank Holiday and before the New Year’s Day Bank Holiday.

  • Non-contributory life assurance scheme

  • Contributory pension scheme, up to 5% matching from Lepra

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Professional study support

  • Designated free parking in central Colchester

About Lepra

Lepra is an international charity working to beat leprosy founded in the UK 1924.

Leprosy affects hundreds of thousands of people a year, often the most vulnerable, causing life-changing disabilities, but there is a cure. Lepra “discovered” the first cure for leprosy in 1945 and since then has continued to pioneer and innovate better support and treatment for those affected by leprosy. 

Due to prejudice and lack of knowledge, there remain up to 3 million people with undiagnosed leprosy and millions of others who have suffered permanent disability because of late diagnosis and treatment.

Lepra works with communities in Bangladesh, India and Mozambique to find, diagnose and rehabilitate people affected by leprosy. 

Last year (2018-2019) Lepra:

  • reached 283,000 people through diagnosis, treatment and care. 

  • reached a further 1.46 million people through health education and events to raise awareness of leprosy and other neglected diseases.

  • trained 13,514 government health staff and 16,456 new health care workers, volunteers, doctors,

  • provided 37,000 bespoke pairs of specialised footwear for those with serious disabilities

  • provided 5,000 surgical procedures to improve disability

Essential

  • Fully qualified accountant

  • Experience and understanding of the production of statutory accounts to SORP in the charity sector, or a proven willingness and aptitude to learn this quickly having been responsible for similar work in another sector

  • Experience and understanding of Charity Commission and Companies’ House compliance, or a proven willingness and aptitude to learn this quickly having been responsible for similar work in another sector

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to present and report

  • Ability to communicate financial information to a non-financial audience

  • The position is UK based. The office is in Colchester, so a willingness to travel there up to twice a week (virtual working is being adopted)

  • Some overseas and UK travel may be required

  • Right to live and work in the UK

Desirable

  • Experience of supervising at least one non finance function such as Human Resources or Information Technology

  • Experience of working with overseas partners

  • Proven commitment to International Development, disability and/or the charity sector

  • Prior Senior Management Team or equivalent experience

Timeline

Applications are invited from 22nd May to 19th June. Shortlisting will take place and successful candidates will be invited to interview. Lepra may fast track exceptional candidates and so close recruitment early, so candidates are encouraged to apply well before the deadline.

Salary: £47,650 pa

Hours: 35 hours

Location: Colchester

Closing: 19 June 2020

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