Head of Finance, Finance Department

PETA Limited

Role summary:

We are going through a period of sustained change at PETA. In our pursuit of fostering a culture of consistent process improvement, we are reviewing and replacing systems throughout the business. We are looking for an experienced Interim Head of Finance to support us with the implementation of our new finance system.

Based at our head office site in Cosham, the successful candidate will be working alongside our existing finance team and Head of ICT  Systems to oversee and manage the project through to completion. Whilst this role will primarily be office based, there will be the opportunity to work remotely on occasion.

This role is offered on a 6-month fixed term contract basis.

Your new role…

Joining the team as our Interim Head of Finance, you will lead the implementation of our new Microsoft Dynamics finance system. A key part of this project will involve reviewing the current finance processes and adapting these to reflect the system functionality.

In addition to your project focus, you will also need to support with the provision of a professional accountancy service. This encompasses the planning, organisation and related duties associated with the analysis and control of financial costing and statistical information regarding the business performance.

The role includes responsibility for maintaining the company’s books of account working alongside the Finance Administrators and ensuring debtors are kept to a minimum by operating efficient credit control.

What you will bring to the role…

To be considered for the role of Interim Head of Finance, it is essential that you are able to demonstrate a proven track record of project managing the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics. A knowledge of Pegasus Opera accounting software would also be highly beneficial.



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The Head of Finance is accountable for the overall financial management of the company and to this end provides a professional Accountancy and Company Secretarial service to the business.  As a non-voting member of the Board of Directors (Council) the job holder is required to attend and contribute to board meetings to report on the financial affairs of the company and actively participate in the management of the business.

The job holder will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), supporting and providing advice, guidance and financial analysis and reporting in order to maximise the profitability of the organisation and minimise commercial risk.

The Head of Finance is a member of the Senior Management Team and carries responsibility for assisting the CEO and Senior Managers in the overall running of the business together with the development and implementation of company policy and the achievement of business goals, aims and objectives.


Essential requirements for this role:

As our ideal candidate you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Qualified AAT Technician/CIMA or equivalent with minimum 3 years’ experience
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels with both financial and non-financial management
  • Sound commercial acumen and an eye for detail, coupled with a strong academic background
  • Computer literate with good Microsoft Excel skills and solid understanding of accounting software principles
  • Understanding of modern management information systems

Desirable requirements for this role:

  • Understanding of Charity Commission legislative framework and accounting principles.  PETA Limited is a registered charity.
  • Full driving licence and access to use of a car  


Working for PETA

We believe in empowering our staff to be the very best. This is reflected in our commitment to providing ongoing training and support throughout your career with us. Joining the PETA team as an Interim Head of Finance, you will be offered a great package which includes:

Car Parking  - Free on-site car parking.

Travel - Where local travel forms part of the role, possession of a car is necessary for which a business travel allowance will be paid (currently 45p per mile).

 Annual Leave - The company leave year commences 1st August  and your leave entitlement is 34 days which includes 8 public holidays (Pro rata for part time working).  Annual leave will increase dependent on length of service rising to 38 days including 8 bank holidays.

Sickness Absence - The company operates a discretionary non-contractual Occupational Sick pay Scheme and subject to your length of service.

Life Insurance - Non-contributory Death in Service life assurance – up to four times annual salary payable

Scottish Widows Pension - The company operates a pension auto enrolment scheme through Scottish Widows.  This is a pension salary sacrifice scheme whereby employees are automatically enrolled after the first three months of their employment.  Currently contributions are 4% from the employee and 4% from the employer.  The National Insurance saving on salary sacrifice that the company would normally benefit from is also paid into the employee’s pension.  This is currently 13% calculated on the salary sacrifice. 

Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme - This is a 24/7 confidential helpline from Health Assured to support employees through any of life’s issues or problems.  It provides confidential support and can be used for a whole range of issues such as stress and anxiety, mental health, bereavement, family and financial matters. 

Perkbox -  An employee discount scheme available to all employees from the first day of their employment.  Discounts such as cinema tickets, insurance, vouchers for high street shopping, coffee bars and restaurants are available for employees to make use of.  Perkbox is a taxable benefit so employees are encouraged to make full use of the scheme. 

 Salary Sacrifice Schemes - Currently, there are salary sacrifice schemes in place for the purchase/sale of Annual Leave subject to qualifying criteria.

With 50 years’ experience of delivering corporate and apprenticeship training, it is time for us to look to the future and take our business to the next level.