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Director of Finance and Operations


NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. Further details follow the jobs listed below.


Full time
Salary: £68,000-£78,000

Whilst the economic environment is full of uncertainty and challenge, we have worked hard over the past few years to build our reserves, secure income for the future and strengthen our internal governance and external profile. We’re now looking for a Director of Finance & Operations to join our well-established core teams to build on these foundations and help us navigate the challenges ahead and maximise our impact as an organisation.

Working closely with the Chief Executive, colleagues and the board of trustees, you will supports us in maintaining our organisational financial confidence and lead us in developing the strategies and culture to make NEF a great place to work.

Ideally a qualified accountant, you’ll have extensive experience of working at a senior level in a similar organisation. Along with strong financial and commercial skills and an understanding of charities, you’ll need to be able to communicate complex issues clearly to a range of colleagues and stakeholders.

Our Director of Finance & Operations leads on our business planning, financial and HR strategies and oversees the overall financial management of NEF and NEF Consulting. This role leads the finance and operations teams and ensures sound integration between our fundraising and finances to ensure that we are appropriately and confidently resourced into the future.

This Director acts as company secretary to the board of trustees and works closely with trustees to develop the organisation’s governance. The Director of Finance & Operations is responsible for interpreting and implementing the law and regulations and ensure that we are operating in line with our values and good practice across the range of our operations.

Deadline for applications: 23rd August 2020, midnight
Interviews: 7th September 2020
Start date: ASAP

To apply, please send your CV and supporting letter (no more than two sides of A4) setting out how you believe you meet the needs of our job description/​person specification and advert in Word format to recruitment@​neweconomics.​org

Please also complete and return the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.


Disability confident employerHappy to talk flexible working

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore NEF supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of Job Shares.

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.