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Financial Controller

Soil Association

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Join the Soil Association as a Financial Controller and make a meaningful impact on health, the environment, and animal welfare

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£55000 - £58000

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Bristol with hybrid working

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The Soil Association is a unique charity dedicated to organic and sustainable certification, advocating for human health, environmental conservation, and animal welfare. As the UK's leading organic certifier, our symbol is recognized on the majority of organic products, and we work tirelessly to effect change and support innovation in over 60 countries worldwide.

  • Lead the financial management of Soil Association Certification's diverse schemes.
  • Guide and support the Management team with financial analysis and strategic advice.
  • Line manage the invoicing team and collaborate closely with various stakeholders.
  • Qualified accountant (ACA or equivalent) with a track record of delivering improvements.
  • Proficient in data analysis with strong leadership, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Commitment to sustainable and ethical practices.

As part of our team, you'll benefit from 27+ days of holiday, an ethical pension scheme, discounts on organic produce, and more. This full-time role is based in Bristol with flexible, hybrid working options available.

About our Organisation

Soil Association Certification Ltd is the UK’s leading sustainability certification body. We offer a huge range of organic and sustainable certification schemes across food, farming, catering, health and beauty, textiles and forestry which are recognised and trusted by consumers and businesses around the world. As well as operating in over 60 countries delivering FSC and PEFC certification you will find the Soil Association organic symbol on over 70% of organic products in the UK.

Soil Association Certification Ltd is part of the Soil Association charitable group. Formed in 1946, we are the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market, and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the Opportunity

An exciting opportunity for a Financial Controller role working in a dynamic, fast moving and international sector. Responsible for the financial management of the Soil Association Certification business which delivers a wide range of organic and forestry schemes in over 60 countries, and line management of the invoicing team. Actively partnering with the Soil Association Certification Management team, the Soil Association finance team, and an essential link to the statutory Boards, delivering accurate financial analysis and advice informing insightful and strategic business decisions.

Please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

About You

You should relish the challenge of a diverse financial environment overseeing the accurate and timely delivery of budgets, monthly accounts, forecasts, and year end statements to the Management team and budget holders. You will be a fully qualified accountant (ACA or equivalent) with experience of working with senior stakeholders, able to demonstrate robust data analysis and a track record of improvements. With a team to manage, an effective leadership style is key with strong communication, organisation, and presentation skills.

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days with length of service plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time)
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution increasing with length of service
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies and flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce

Hours

37.5 hours per week

Permanent

Location

Bristol with hybrid working

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