Head of Finance and Corporate Services

South Downs Centre, Midhurst (hybrid working)
£75,144 to £83,505
12 Feb 2024
03 Mar 2024
Job Title
Head of Finance
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Finance and Corporate Services
Location: South Downs Centre, Midhurst (hybrid working)
Salary: £75,144 to £83,505
Closing Date: 3 March 2024
Interview date: 14 March 2024
Hours: 37 hours per week
Type of post: Permanent

South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has an exciting opportunity to appoint a new Head of Finance and Corporate Services, you will be responsible for managing the financial services functions for our organisation. Enabling delivery on our National Park Purposes and Duty your expertise will be crucial in informing our financial strategy, ensuring compliance, and optimising resource allocation.  In addition, you will lead, manage, and develop small teams of professional staff supporting Data Protection, HR, Facilities, IT, and Procurement.

Whilst the majority of our funding for core services is through DEFRA grants, we have set-up a Trust and Trading Company to secure funding from other sources to enable us to achieve our longer-term goals for the Park. Seven Sisters County Park is our first venture under the Trading Company and this role manages its accounts. 

With the ability to work to tight deadlines you will provide help and advice to colleagues producing varying financial information required to support project work, such as bids for external funding and green finance.  An integral part of this wide-ranging role is understanding our budget process, providing support and advice to our Senior Management Team and Members, including presenting data at various workshops.   

The majority of our day-to-day financial support, including payroll services and the S151Officer role is provided through an SLA with a local authority, which you will monitor and manage.

This role will be challenging, but an exciting and rewarding opportunity, for a motivated Finance Professional. If you feel you have the skills and experience to succeed in this post, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

To apply: Please complete the application and monitoring form. All applications must be submitted on the SDNPA application form (CV’s will not be considered) & must reach us by 11:30pm on 3 March 2024.

SDNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age.

We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled applicants.

In all circumstances the SDNPA appoints on merit based on evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post. Further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion can be found on our website.

SDNPA Enhanced Benefits

- Flexible working
- Local government pension scheme
- Healthcare - includes cash plan, counselling and wellbeing discounts
- 27 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days, plus bank holidays
- Professional development support
- Cycle to work scheme
- Car sharing
- Use of pool cars
- Regular staff events / activities, which support the SDNPA’s Purposes and Duty