Financial Controller

Location: Witney (with travel across all our services)

Hours: 22.5 hours per week (3 days)


We are a charity working to alleviate the symptoms and address the causes of loneliness and social isolation. Enabling independence, sense of purpose and achievement we, at Guideposts Trust, connect people and communities. We support all ages, needs and backgrounds through information, support and friendship.

We make a difference to make a memory.

As a charity we have over 45 years’ experience meeting the needs of individuals who face any number of complex challenges; from autism, learning disability and mental health conditions, to physical disability and age-related conditions, such as dementia, sensory impairment and mobility problems. Whether through active care and support services, information advice and guidance or independent living and training projects; Guideposts exists in order to connect people and their carers with opportunities.

The Financial Controller will be responsible for the management and control of the charity’s finances in conjunction with the CEO and deliver financial monitoring information on the Charity’s activities to ensure there is an effective and efficient flow of information to all stakeholders (internal and external)

We are looking for someone who has a recognized accountancy qualification for this position as well as an understanding of voluntary sector reporting requirements. You will be responsible for overseeing the management of the income and expenditure systems and accounting practices.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of:

  • Developing business cases for projects/programmes
  • Ensuring compliance reporting is completed on a timely basis
  • Partnership working

You will lead Guideposts operational day to day finance function and provide a financial management service to the leadership team and the board of Trustees.

You will be working with the finance team to support and advise the service managers on the financial operations of their services, and assisting budget holders with the development of their annual business plans and budgets.

In this role you will work collaboratively as part of a small and committed team, to lead on finance but work closely with service managers and the CEO. As part of the leadership team you will support the Trustees and CEO to lead the Charity.

Travel will be required across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire to support our teams in those locations.

The successful candidate will have:

  • an understanding of the needs and the particular issues that the people who use our services
  • be a good communicator at all levels
  • a positive can do attitude alongside a willingness to represent the charity

In return you will receive:

  • Pension scheme: Guideposts will contribute 6% of your salary when you contribute 3%.
  • Childcare Vouchers:  which can be used to pay your OFSTED registered childcare
  • Voluntary Benefits: Discounts and cash-back for goods and services from high street retailers.
  • Health Cash Plan
  • HERE
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Career Development & Training Opportunities
  • Annual leave: 23 days rising to a maximum of 28 days plus bank holidays


For further information about the role please email [email protected]

Application Form: Application_FormSept_15.docx

Please send completed applications to [email protected]

Closing date: Wed 26 September

Interviews: 3 October 2018

We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for the people that attend our services and expect that staff share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the people who use our services. Our preferred candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check, full induction and training will be provided.

Direct applicants only - no recruitment agencies please