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Financial Controller

Vacancy Details

Salary: £50,000 to £60,000 per annum
Location: Central Office
Region: South East
Job Type: Grade 6
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 02/16/2020
Date Posted: 02/03/2020
Reference: 0000036080


Financial Controller
RG7 3YG, Burghfield, Reading
£50,000 to £60,000 per annum

This is a fantastic opportunity to join The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as a Financial Controller to support their centralised finance team based at Burghfield, near Reading. 

The role
The Finance and Planning team play a pivotal role in providing technical advice and guidance for anything that has a financial impact on the Guide Dogs Group.  As well as ensuring that Guide Dogs are being compliant with the financial and charity regulations, we provide analytical support to ensure the successful delivery of all aspects of our strategic plan, utilising our resources to deliver services in the most effective and efficient way.

Reporting to the Head of Finance and Planning, the Financial Controller will be responsible for the Financial Governance Framework around which Guide Dogs its financial strategy and runs its day to day operations. You will have overall responsibility for investment, reserve accounting and ensure the integrity of the balance sheet for all legal entities.  You will be a senior member ofthe Finance team with line management responsibilities for three direct reports.

You will be the overall owner of the financial year end process and be the key contact with our External Auditors. You’ll be the technical expert, providing consultancy and advice to all levels of the organisation in respect of financial policies, procedures, taxation and other finance matters. 

As well as championing compliance of policies, procedures and processes, you’ll help to review, simplify and improve the finance processes. Continuous improvement and optimal performance will be behind everything you do. 

Who we’re looking for
We are looking for a qualified accountant with significant post qualification experience. You should have demonstrative line management experience, with strong commercial acumen and the ability to think strategically and understand broader organisational issues.  You should have experience in the preparation of statutory consolidated accounts., as well as working knowledge of a wide range of tax issues including Gift Aid, VAT and Corporation Tax. 

This role is 9am to 5pm, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. 

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

How to apply
Applications can be made using the online application form. You will need to evidence the criteria as set out in the attached job description. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.


Salary: £44,365 to £46,973 per annum
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