Director of Finance and Corporate Resources

Garden Organic, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3LG
35 hours per week
Holiday Entitlement: 
25 days plus bank holidays


Our charity conducts research into organic growing; shares expertise and knowledge with our members and the general public; campaigns on key issues such as pesticide use and peat-free compost; conserves rare vegetable seed through our unique Heritage Seed Library and runs community programmes.  

With a new three-year business plan now in place, managing our resources to meet our ambition will be the primary focus of this role. You’ll need to know your way around project and programme finance and staffing; key stakeholders and partnerships; and how to get the best value from all types of income to the charity. You’ll be experienced in reporting to the board and working closely with the Chief Executive and you’ll have examples of how you’ve been canny with resources to enable positive impact.  

You will lead a committed finance team alongside our HR function which is part in-house, part outsourced. You will be one of four directors serving on our Executive team, reporting to the Chief Executive.  

The Executive Team plays to individual strengths so if you have experience in and an appetite for functions not listed here, you are encouraged to draw attention to those in your application.  

Role description

  • Direct the financial management for the charity and its trading arm including budget control and external financial reporting as well as financial governance
  • Oversee production of annual reports and accounts and facilitate annual audit 
  • Lead contract negotiations for all aspects of the charity’s work
  • Apply innovative ideas to enable the best value for money and implement effective cash flow strategies
  • Enable financial literacy across the organisation, coaching and training staff in how best to manage their budgets and negotiate with funders 
  • Direct the Human Resources function with the primary goal of ensuring all policies and procedures are in place to underpin a happy and engaged workforce
  • Lead on the liaison of lease for charity offices and oversee office management and ensure best practices for both office and non-office based staff
  • Implement a workflow to facilitate learning and development for all staff 
  • Champion best practices in the workplace, including but not limited to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and supporting health and wellbeing at work
  • Manage relationships with key suppliers, including landlords, auditors, bankers, and investment managers
  • Ensure the charity is meeting all compliance and reporting obligations
  • Proactively manage and retain our comprehensive risk register together with Executive Team colleagues  


  • Charity experience essential – as trustee or staff member (or both)
  • Fully qualified in accounting practices with relevant and strong experience in financial accounting and financial management
  • Experience in devising and implementing staff policies, overseeing contractual terms of employment, and ensuring best practice in HR (see application pack for more details) 
  • Team player, with strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Enabler, problem-preventer, pragmatic and solutions orientated
  • Assured manner and ability to liaise with people at all levels
  • High degree of integrity, confidentiality, and interpersonal skills necessary to earn respect and cooperation from all stakeholders


  • Salary range £45-55K dependent on experience
  • 35 hours per week
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 3 days added Christmas and New Year when the office is closed, plus bank holidays
  • 8% pension contribution 
  • Life assurance policy 
  • Tailored learning and development
  • Flexible employer 
  • On-site parking (our office is hard to reach by public transport, informal car sharing amongst staff is encouraged) 
  • Office-based is preferred but hybrid working will be considered

How to apply

Please download the application pack below and follow the instructions therein. 

Garden Organic is a disability confident employer and will guarantee that if a disabled applicant meets the essential criteria for the job (as detailed in the job description) they will automatically be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

We welcome informal discussions about the role by calling 024 7630 3517 or sending an email to

Application deadline – Midnight on Friday 10th June 2022.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be anonymised before being submitted to the recruitment panel. You are welcome to submit an anonymised CV in application for the role, however, please ensure you provide a contact telephone number or e-mail address. 

Application Closing Date: 
Friday, 10 June 2022