Head of Finance

Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

Location Central London

Position Full time

Salary £75,000 - £90,000 depending on experience, plus benefits

Application deadline 17:00, 12 March 2018
The application deadline for this role has passed

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT) are a group of seventeen grant-making charitable trusts and eight charities managed through a joint office employing around 90 staff in Victoria, London SW1. The largest of the SFCT trusts is the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Set up in 1967 by David Sainsbury (now Lord Sainsbury of Turville), Gatsby is currently active in: Plant Science; Neuroscience; Education; Africa; Public Policy; and Arts. Across all areas, Gatsby aims to be more than a funder - acting as an enabler for projects, designing, developing, overseeing and, in some cases, delivering activities. In the 50 years since it was set up David Sainsbury has given Gatsby more than £1 billion to distribute to charitable causes and the capital value of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation at 5 April 2017 was £397 million.

A Head of Finance (Gatsby) is now sought to support SFCT. This is a new role that will report to the Finance Director of SFCT and the CEO of Gatsby, with financial responsibility for Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Gatsby Africa and Gatsby Technical Education Projects. The role is extremely diverse, reflecting the breadth of Gatsby’s activities, and requires a high degree of flexibility, tact and good humour. An empathy with Gatsby’s goals is essential, together with the ability to build rapport and confidence amongst a wide range of stakeholders - across the office, with the teams in East Africa and with the settlor and trustees.

Candidates are likely to have a high level of senior experience in charity or company finance (ideally both), with the proven competence to deal confidently and expertly with a substantial volume and variety of finance tasks and with a commercial mindset. Degree level education is required together with a leading accountancy qualification (ACA or CIMA) and at least ten years' post qualification experience. 

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To apply

Applications should be sent by email to and be received no later than 5pm on Monday 12 March 2018.

Please enclose with your application a full CV and a covering note of not more than 2 pages (total) summarising your proven ability related to the key responsibilities and accountabilities of the role and the person specification.

Initial interviews will take place in the week commencing 26 March 2018, and final interviews will be held on 19 April 2018.


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