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Head of Finance and IT

Head of Finance and IT



Position:  Head of Finance and IT

Organisation: Bethphage

Location: Shropshire

Salary: up to £50,000 per annum + benefits + flexible working

Closing date: 12.00 noon on the 12th April 2019


Bethphage is a charitable and specialist provider of support for adults (18+) with learning disabilities based in Shropshire. We support people who live in their own home, a home they share with one or two other people, small residential registered care homes or where they live with their parents or other family members. Providing 24/7 support, where needed, we are passionate about enabling people to make the most of their skills by helping them find work, go to college and enjoy their hobbies and interests. We can also support people to look after their money, go shopping or maybe just go out and have fun!

Using the concepts and values of positive behaviour support, we apply them to how we manage and lead our staff and to how staff behave with each other. We believe that by applying this approach will make a significant difference to the quality of life of the people who use our services and make Bethphage an even better place to work. Bethphage staff strive to be flexible, efficient and effective team workers.

Our aim is to provide high quality services UK wide to those that have learning disabilities and need our specialist care and support. Our strategic business plan outlines our ambitious growth plans over the next few years, which will enable us to provide more supported care to those that require our unique services. Our growth will be managed through careful contract management and cost modelling to ensure commercial financial viability, stability and value for money. We are also reviewing our IT systems and processes to ensure we have the right IT infrastructure in place.

With our ambition to grow sustainably over the next few years this an exciting time to be joining Bethphage as we are now looking for an experienced and commercially astute Head of Finance & IT who will support our Chief Executive in all aspects of our financial and IT systems and budgetary control functions to support the commercial financial viability and growth of the Bethphage. You will be a full and equal member of the Executive Management Team, responsible for the management and stewardship of the charity and responsible for providing assurance to the Board of Trustees at quarterly meetings.

You will lead and manage a small and well established finance team within the Accounts Department, ensuring strong and effective internal financial management systems are in place, supporting budget holders to control budgets effectively and provide accurate and timely statutory returns to support the Chief Executive in financial forecasting. You will also be responsible for a finance team which consists of three full-time equivalents, one part-time equivalent and one payroll officer and the successful applicant will need to be used to rolling up their sleeves and working as part of the finance team, providing leadership and managing the relationship between Bethphage and our IT support company.

You will also provide regular monthly management account reports to the budget holders making recommendations relating to financial management, service delivery, performance and continuous improvement to support the Bethphage strategic business plan. The ideal candidate will possess strong technical financial accounting skills in particular relating to VAT and have experience of charity SORPS, but is not essential. You will also be responsible for the management and development of commercial bid contracts and the ideal candidate will have experience and working knowledge of developing an IT Strategy and understands what this entails.

The successful candidate will be CCAB qualified, commercially astute and have a strong track record of success, especially in the development of commercially viable successful bid contracts, and leading and managing staff to ensure positive outcomes for the organisation and their customers. You will be required to undertake an enhanced CRB check if you are successful.

For more information and a detailed job description please contact John Lavictoire, Director at Seymour John Public Services on 07921 480947 or email
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