Professional body for occupational therapists.

Head Of Finance

Job Description

Applications closed: 
May 31, 2023
Posted on: 
May 16, 2023

RCOT, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists have championed the profession and the people behind it for over 90 years; and today are thriving with over 35,000 members.

Their new and exciting strategy will enable them to reach more people and create wider positive impacts - achieving life-changing breakthroughs for their members, for the people they support and for society through occupational therapy.

RCOT offers a supportive and inclusive working environment that enables you to learn, develop and be the best you can in a role that suits you. Their ambition is to have a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities they serve. They don't only embrace diversity, they celebrate it, nurture it and support their staff in realising their true potential. RCOT welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are keen to see applications from people with lived experience of disability or long-term health conditions, from minoritised ethnic and LGBTQIA+ communities.


To lead and advise on the finance strategy of the RCOT, providing and continuously improving financial plans, systems, procedures and practices to support and enable RCOT's ambitious corporate vision.

Ensure a first class finance service is provided to internal and external customers with a clear focus on continuous improvement, problem solving and professional development.

Provide financial advice and recommendations to the RCOT Senior Executive Team, managers and colleagues as required.

The Head of Finance is the leading financial professional in the organisation and as such provides the financial leadership to underpin the RCOT's current and future activities.

Your key duties will include:

  • Lead the finance team and provide financial support and assurance across the organisation.
  • Collaborate with the executive team to develop and implement strategic initiatives
  • The role will play a key part in the change and transformation programme. You will lead the development of digital finance capabilities across the organization. You will need to be comfortable with changes in systems, processes and culture to establish the finance function and its role in the broader organisation.
  • Act as a strategic financial adviser to the Senior Executive Team, providing sound advice, guidance and information on compliance with financial and statutory responsibilities
  • Develop and execute financial strategies to support the company's growth objectives
  • Drive the development of digital finance capabilities, including the implementation of new financial systems and tools
  • Take overall responsibility for preparation of annual accounts and audit matters and ensure compliance with legal and statutory responsibilities, including financial and associated systems for the RCOT.
  • Responsible for cash and treasury management, including the management of mandates and bank relationships. This will include cash forecasting and deployment of cash resources to ensure compliance with the reserves and investment policy.
  • Responsible for planning, setting and managing budgets and overseeing budget management across RCOT including the 5 year financial plan and periodic forecasting. Reporting to the Senior Executive team and Boards.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and support external reporting
  • Provide financial analysis and insights to support decision-making across the organisation
  • Developing finance controls and accounting policies, procedures and systems
  • Ad hoc process improvements and further business development in a commercial manner.

Job Requirements

  • You must be a fully qualified accountant with strong communication and leadership skills and the ability to inspire those around you.
  • It is essential that the new incumbent has extensive experience of working with cross functional teams with strong stakeholder and commercial management skills.
  • The ability to present complex information succinctly, in a compelling manner, both verbally and in writing to non-finance staff and members
  • Solutions oriented with strong analytical and decision-making skills and a business-oriented approach to risk analysis and forecasting judgement

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