Bear in pond

Head of Finance & Operations (m/f/d)

Full-time | 40 hours per week | London, United Kingdom


FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Find out more about our sustainable campaigns and projects on

Would you like to contribute to something meaningful and work with us along our mission? This is your chance. We are looking for dedicated people to enrich our team

Your contribution will be

  • Leading the production of accurate monthly management accounts and quarterly and ad hoc financial reports and scenario planning for the Director UK and Board, providing financial analysis to assist with key decision making
  • Leading the budgeting and forecast process providing support to the cost centre managers and producing the consolidated budget for the organisation
  • Deputising for the Director UK when needed in periods of absence to lead the Senior Management Team in the execution of business as usual
  • Contributing actively to the Senior Management Team to help steer the operational direction of the organisation
  • Managing internal operational matters with global enabling units and overseeing change management projects
  • Being a sparring partner to the Head of Fundraising with financial planning, reporting and analysis
  • Reviewing proactively finance processes and controls necessary to ensure compliance with funders and statutory requirements and to safeguard the assets of the organisation
  • Managing the annual audit process being the key point of contact for external auditors on operational matters relating to the audit process
  • Ensuring compliance with charity legislation/regulations and that all statutory filings are made in a timely manner
  • Being responsible for management of external operational relationships and contracts, such as with the office premises services or with insurance providers


Your profile ideally illustrates

  • Qualified accountant (CCAB or equivalent) with strong technical skills and a minimum of two years post-qualification experience, preferably with experience of Charity accounting
  • Successful experience in a leadership role in finance and operations including the development of effective strategies
  • Broad management experience across a range of business functions and systems, including ideally oversight of HR
  • Experience in effectively leading and managing a team, including performance management, development and mentoring to ensure staff can develop to their full potential
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of reporting under the charity SORP
  • Ability to work, project manage and support colleagues through ambiguity and change
  • Ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships
  • Great affinity to animal welfare and the FOUR PAWS vision and mission


Our offer includes

  • The opportunity to truly contribute to global animal welfare
  • 29 days holiday per year, plus Bank Holidays and bonus family days at the end of December
  • Potential for international travel
  • An efficient eLearning onboarding platform
  • An international exchange programme
  • BUPA support package
  • Flexible working times with hybrid working between our central London Borough office and the ability to work from home up to 4 days a week
  • A minimum gross salary of £55,000 per year, negotiable depending on higher than required qualifications, skills and professional experience relevant for the position

FOUR PAWS works towards a world filled with respect, empathy and understanding for animals and believes in the same values for people: we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply as we welcome everyone who wants to support our mission. Please contact if you require assistance applying to this position.

Be part of a good cause and apply for your next professional challenge with your CV and cover letter until 4th December 2022 in English to


Contact Us

Cairo Johnson, Recruitment Consultant
Prospectus recruitment specialists 

Application deadline: 4 December 2022

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