Head of Finance

Sheffield DocFest


Salary: £38,000 - £42,000 depending on experience

Sheffield DocFest is looking for a Head of Finance to join their team.

About Sheffield DocFest

Sheffield DocFest is the UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects. We champion and present the breadth of documentary form – film, television, immersive and art – in the vibrant city of Sheffield each June. We offer makers and audiences a place for inspiration, debate, development, learning and challenge. Our programming represents our core values – creativity, empathy, freedom, inclusivity and internationalism.

Sheffield DocFest is run by International Documentary Festival Sheffield, an independent registered charity (no.1184849).

About the role

The Head of Finance is accountable for financial systems and processes of the finance function and the wider business of the charity. For a full job description, please read our recruitment pack below.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements:

  • Qualified in CIMA, ACA or ACCA or qualified by more than 5 years demonstrable relevant professional experience;
  • Demonstrable experience of managing the company budget and subsidiary project budgets;
  • Experience of working with public and private grants and sponsorship;
  • Understanding and knowledge of VAT requirements when working with both grants and sponsorships, nationally and internationally;
  • Experience of closely managing cash flows;
  • Experience of working closely with and reporting financial information to senior management;
  • Experience of processing company payroll and pensions;
  • Excellent working knowledge of HMRC policy and company responsibility;
  • Excellent working experience of using SAGE Line 50 & SAGE Payroll software unassisted;
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel;
  • Experience of line managing and motivating staff;
  • Flexibility to work outside of office hours at crucial times when workload dictates;

Desirable Requirements

  • Strategic thinker, experience as member of SMT or as part of business planning;
  • Experience of change management and systems improvement;
  • Interest in or experience working for non-profit or charitable companies;
  • Interest in or experience working in the and culture sector;
  • Interest in film, media and the arts;
How to apply

You are invited to apply for this role by submitting an up-to-date CV plus either:

  • a covering letter (1 or 2 pages) that addresses the job description and criteria above; or
  • a video letter (of up to 7 minutes in length), explaining what attracts you to the role and what you would bring to it.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role prior to applying please contact, Sophie Newing, HR and Access Coordinator at: recruitment@sheffdocfest.com

Please address applications to Sophie Newing, HR and Access Coordinator email: recruitment@sheffdocfest.com

If you require further information (including requests for printed forms/access support), please contact us on 0114 276 5141 or email recruitment@sheffdocfest.com

We monitor the diversity of our workforce and for the purposes of reporting to our key funders, we ask that you help us by clicking on the link below to complete the questionnaire anonymously. https://forms.gle/GPQV1WFsZSMQif7Q8

Interviews: week commencing 27 November 2023

The closing date for this position is 20/11/2023 at 12:00

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