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Financial Controller

Soil Association


Posted 2 weeks ago

Join the Soil Association Certification as a Financial Controller and lead financial operations in a company at the forefront of sustainable certification


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£55000 - £58000

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Bristol with hybrid working

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary: Soil Association Certification Ltd is the premier sustainability certification body in the UK. With a focus on organic and sustainable certification schemes, the company impacts a diverse range of industries from food to forestry. Operating in over 60 countries and holding a commanding market share with its organic symbol on 70% of UK’s organic products, Soil Association Certification is a beacon for environmental stewardship and organic advocacy worldwide.

  • Role Summary:
    • Financial management of Soil Association Certification's diverse schemes.
    • Lead the invoicing team and collaborate with management for strategic decisions.
    • Contribute to the financial integrity and strategic insights of the organisation.
  • Role Requirements:
    • Qualified accountant (ACA or equivalent).
    • Expertise in delivering financial reports and forecasts.
    • Proven experience with senior stakeholder engagement.
    • Demonstrated leadership and team management skills.
    • Strong communication, organization, and presentation abilities.
  • Benefits:
    • Generous annual leave with incremental increase and bank holidays.
    • Progressive pension scheme with ethical investment options.
    • Complimentary membership and discounts on organic products.
    • Opportunities for volunteering and engagement with green initiatives.
    • Supportive family policies and flexible work arrangements.
    • Incentives like cycle to work schemes.

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.

The Role 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.

Job Requirements 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.

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.


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