Associate Director: Finance & Compliance

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Home Worker (England, Wales and NI)

Salary: £80,000 actual per annum

Working Hours: 35 per week

Closing Date: 17 December 2021

Interview Date: TBC (via Zoom or Teams)

Contact: Robert Butler -

Associate Director: Finance & Compliance

Reference number: VAC2549

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is 5pm on the closing date. 

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.

At Alzheimer’s Society we’re determined to make the biggest difference possible for people affected by dementia. Focussing all our efforts on helping people navigate some of the hardest and most frightening times of their lives.

From diagnosis, to adjusting to life with dementia and getting the care and support they need. We are advisors, supporters, fundraisers, researchers, influencers, communicators, technical specialist and more. We are volunteers, we are employees, and we are all here to make that difference. 

About the role

The Associate Director of Finance & Compliance will join Alzheimer’s Society at a very exciting time as we embark on our new organisational strategy.  The Associate Director will join a new team of corporate leaders who will be accountable for the operational success of the organisation.  The Associate Director will lead the Finance and Compliance & Risk teams through a period of transformation, including the planned implementation of a new finance system for the organisation.  This role will give you the chance to really make a difference within our Finance and Compliance division through your leadership and helping us pave the way for our diverse and highly skilled teams.

The Finance & Corporate Resources Directorate enables our people, and sustains the organisation, through their processes, infrastructure, and expertise. Trusted experts in their field who are business focused and enable better outcomes for people affected by dementia.

As the Associate Director for Finance & Compliance, you will direct teams to deliver outstanding results, working effectively and collaboratively at pace.

You will provide strategic direction and leadership on the Society’s financial and governance matters.  You will be accountable for designing and delivering strategic plans that ensure the financial affordability and long-term sustainability of the Society.  You will lead on the delivery of efficient and effective service provision and robust control environment.  You will have functional responsibility for the Finance and Compliance & Risk teams and will lead on transformation projects that drive a step change in our performance and impact.

As a senior leader you have corporate accountability for the operational, day-to-day success of the organisation and its continued growth and development through innovation and collaboration at every level.

Acting as a role model you will drive forward an inclusive and high-performance culture making sure that our values and expected standards of behaviour are embedded across the entire organisation, as well as in your own teams.

Dimensions and limits of authority

  • This role reports to Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and manages direct reports which include the Head of Finance, and Head of Compliance & Risk.
  • The post holder will be a member of the F&CR Leadership Team and will collaborate in the development and oversight of the Directorate business plan
  • The post holder will be a member of the Associate Director leadership team, and will hold corporate accountability for the operational, day-to-day success of the organisation, for its continued growth and development

About you

As our new Associate Director, you’ll be a first-class Leader to help inspire, coach and unite people towards a common goal. You’ll demonstrate compassion – operating with kindness and empathy and not shying away from tough conversations. You’ll be comfortable with working and leading through ambiguity and demonstrate sound judgement in the evidence-led decisions you make for us.

Additionally, you’ll provide leadership and direction on finance and compliance matters and drive a culture of accountability and compliance over risk management. We’re also looking for someone will who drive a culture of inclusion and high-performance in the Society.

You will have excellent communication skills and be able to understand issues and provide solutions succinctly and confidently. They will develop effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organisation, using these relationships to influence and support the delivery of our organisational goals, positively and assertively.

Key Skills and Experience

  • Professionally qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent)
  • Significant post-qualified experience in senior finance and commercial roles
  • Ability to drive step change in financial performance and areas of compliance in large and complex organisations
  • Ability to successfully deliver and embed transformational change impacting finance and governance functions
  • Possess a track record for delivering measurable improvements in compliance and risk management
  • Ability to manage senior roles and performance.
  • Demonstrates sound decision-making taking personal accountability for risks and decisions which carry organisation-wide impact.
  • Skilled at using data, insights and evidence to deliver impact.
  • Experience of building collaborative relationships, using appropriate challenge and support, managing conflict and behaviours and role modelling positive values-led leadership.
  • Skilled at developing and delivering change and continuous improvement at all levels.
  • Demonstrates influencing and negotiation skills to achieve the best outcomes for the
  • organisation overall. 
  • Ability to think strategically and corporately, shaping organisation thinking, projecting direction and considering future consequences.
  • Experience of financial planning, including setting, managing and monitoring significant budgets and proven track record in achieving financial targets.

About Alzheimer’s Society:

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won't win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.

We are the UK's leading dementia charity. Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help. And we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.

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Alzheimer’s Society embraces diversity, inclusion and accessibility for all of our people. We are committed to building a diverse organisation that represents the communities we serve and ensuring inclusion in everything we do.

Please note: Some of our roles may require a criminal records check. You can find our policy here.

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