Finance Manager [20 hrs per week]

The Finance Manager reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the leadership team (Executive Director, Director of Index Development, CTO) is responsible for all financial, legal, and HR aspects of the GDI. GDI is a start up and growing at high speed. It is anticipated that during 2019 this role may become a full time role.

Main Responsibilities

Finance and Management insight: Work with the outsourced accounting company to:

  • Prepare monthly reports for the leadership team which provide insight and aid decision making, ideally using BI tools to automate where possible
  • Prepare donor reports as required by grant agreements
  • Prepare cash flow forecasts in BI tool which allow leadership team to make operational decisions
  • Manage bank accounts and savings accounts to ensure sufficient cash in bank and optimise interest earned on grants amounts in savings accounts
  • Diversify finance risk
  • Develop good financial procedures including separation of duties
  • Ensure payroll and pensions services provided by outsourced accounting firm are optimised
  • Ensure the accounts, finances and management information are updated to facilitate due diligence from potential donors
  • Respond to all requests for information from donors and potential donors

Strategy: Work with the leadership team to:

  • Develop commercial revenue streams from the index to ensure the GDI’s sustainability and independence. These may include payment for access to the index, advisory services etc

Governance: Work with the Executive Director to:

  • Design a governance structure which ensures the GDI’s neutrality and independence
  • Create a suitable governance board
  • Support the Director of Index development in creating an advisory panel which supports the 3 pillars of GDI

HR: Work with the ED (and where relevant the outsourced firms) to:

  • Ensure GDI is always ready for potential donor or investor due diligence by ensuring that all staff and contractors have signed contracts, job descriptions and objectives
  • Support the leadership team in recruiting new staff and contractors
  • Manage all other aspects of HR for GDI

Legal: Work with outside legal counsel and the ED to:

  • Ensure the legal structure of GDI’s UK and US not for profit entities is fit for purpose
  • Ensure GDI is getting the best legal advice on all aspects of the index as it is developed
  • Ensure the IP developed within GDI is protected
  • Ensure GDI and its directors have all necessary insurance
  • Support employees wishing to relocate to the UK
  • Support other legal aspects for GDI
Experience and Qualifications
  • Financial qualification e.g. CIMA or ACA
  • Previous similar experience preferable, ideally within a UK not for profit; experience of donor management an advantage but not essential
  • Knowledge of cloud based accounting (e.g. Xero) and Business information such as Power BI or similar
  • Some governance/legal/HR experience
  • Experience with start ups and rapid growth an advantage
Type of Person who would Thrive
  • Highly adaptable, comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Strategic thinker, willing to role up sleeves to get start up off the ground
  • Ability to leverage time effectively and deploy outsourced providers with skill
  • Passionate about restoring trust to the internet
  • Excited about new technologies and wiling to learn new skills

Position is located ideally in London, but can work from home or shared office space in central London.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and any supporting materials you can share to highlight your qualifications to

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