UK And Regional Finance Manager job in Oxford at The Zacharias Trust

UK and Regional Finance Manager

Company: The Zacharias Trust

Location: Oxford UK

Date Posted:Feb 14, 2018

 ABOUT THE ZACHARIAS TRUST The Zacharias Trust is a charity whose aim is to engage with people’s heartfelt questions about the Christian faith and explain the hope that the Gospel brings. Put simply our vision is to help the thinker believe and the believer think. Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) was founded in 1984 and exists to reach those who have objections and questions about the Christian faith and seeks to challenge those who shape the ideas of our culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Zacharias Trust oversees and directs activities across Europe, Middle East and Africa.Currently, we are represented in 15 countries throughout the region. The Trust was also founded to come alongside the Church to help reach an increasingly secular Europe by equipping Christians to share their faith with confidence and in an intelligent and articulate way. EVANGELISMOur primary focus is evangelism. Our itinerant team members, Michael Ramsden and Amy Orr-Ewing and associate speakers such as Professor John Lennoxtravel around Europe and beyond giving evangelistic talks in a number of settings including University missions, Church guest services, public question and answer forums and at various conferences. Over the years, the organisation has grown in its evangelistic scope, working with a wide range of range of churches, institutions and universities. We usually work in partnership, responding to invitations from others, knowing that there us a local presence to continue where we have left off when we leave.APOLOGETICSThe word, apologetics, derives its meaning from the Greek apologia, meaning a ‘reasoned defence’. In the Bible, apologetics is synonymous with evangelism. Today, the need for sound apologetics has arguably never been greater. Authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris continue to top the best seller lists and are already influencing a whole new generation of thinkers to reject God ‘out of hand’. The Zacharias Trust exists to defend the Christian faith against such criticism, on both a popular and an academic level, offering a counter-claim to modern-day secularism.TRAININGAnother key element of our ministry is to provide training for Christians in how to communicate their faith to sceptical friends and colleagues. The training is designed to address some of the key questions and objections commonly levelled against the Christian faith, and is focused on practical; application to real questions.The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) is an autonomous study centre. OCCA brings together leading theologians, apologists and scholars includingMichael Ramsden, Amy Orr-Ewing, John Lennox, Os Guinness and Tanya Walker.For those with a passion to make Christ known, studying at OCCA can be a life-transforming experience combining effective evangelism with academic rigour.   CONTEXT FOR THIS APPOINTMENTThe past five years has seen our work grow significantly in financial terms, global reach, and our opportunities to proclaim the Gospel by engaging in the key questions and debates in society and culture across EMEA. The scale of TheZacharias Trust’s work in the region has increased rapidly. The Trust is undergoing a season of reshaping. A new structure is in the early stages of implementation. Its aim is to create a clearer, more empowered structure that serves the growing ministry represented by an expanding network of Country offices and speakers across EMEA. RZIM benefits from a clear and compelling vision and a model of ministry that is dynamic and agile in addressing and informing the current of debate, belief and opinion in society and culture. We have exceptional opportunities to engage with leaders in academia, business, politics and the arts across EMEA to shape the values of our culture and beliefs.TheZacharias Trust is now seeking a UK and Regional Finance Manager to lead and manage the financial function within this context of missional ambition and growth. The UK and Regional Finance Manager will be pivotal in ensuring that future growth is sustainable and that the Zacharias Trust is fit for the next stage of its development. To that end, the UK and Regional Finance Manager will be a strategic leader, agile and nimble in mindset, delivery-oriented and ambitious to drive greater organisational effectiveness.                   ROLE DESCRIPTION The Zacharias Trust is now seeking a UK and Regional Finance Manager to lead within this dynamic context of missional ambition and growth across the EMEA region. The role manages a small Oxford-based finance team and plays a key role in overseeing financial management across EMEA and liaising closely with the Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO) based in Atlanta. We are seeking a UK and Regional Finance Manager with a living Christian faith, who is able to bring inspiring leadership to our work. He or she will be able to relate to Christians from different church backgrounds, with a heart and passion for evangelism.He or she will have a servant-hearted authenticity, a management style that leads through team building and a drive to see excellence delivered through high relational integrity and cross-cultural sensitivity.The UK and Regional Finance Manager will report directly to the Chief Operating Officerwhilst working closely with the Global CFO and Finance teams across the EMEA region to develop and coordinate strategy.MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLETo support the UK and Regional Leadership teams through the delivery of the highest quality data information and financial systems in order to achieve the Trust’s strategic aims.To support Area and Country Directors in developing financial processes, reporting and governance that meets both UK Charity and Company legal and in-country regulatory requirements.To build and maintain a strong working relationship with the Global CFO whilst also ensuring effective use of the organisation’s Oracle PeopleSoft and other financial systems. The UK and Regional Finance Manager will demonstrate leadership in three key ways:Spiritual Leadership:The UK and Regional Finance Manager will be committed to providing a strong and clear witness of the Christian faith as set out in the RZIM Statement of Faith flowing from a personal walk with God. Working with a talented and missionally passionate workforce they will:Have a ‘listening ear’ to God and others to create, with the Board and Executive Team, an inspiring culture at RZIM Zacharias Trust.Be part of the spiritual leadership across the organisation, taking an active part in the devotional life of the team.Be prayerful and able to encourage others to pray.Have a demonstrable interest in evangelism and apologetics.Be a servant-hearted leader comfortable meeting people from all walks of life. Strategic Leadership:The UK and Regional Finance Manager will be a keyorganisational leader who enjoys seeing the bigger pictureand understands how to create an architecture of financial systems and processes that support organisational growth. They will:Advise the Chief Operating Officer on how to optimally align resources and structure in support of the ministry across the EMEA region.Be the Lead person working with the COO, Area and Country Directors to develop and implement financial strategies that advance the organisational vision and mission.Collaborate with the Board and Finance sub-committee. This will include attending Board meetings; presenting and providing monthly and quarterly financial updates to the Board and Finance sub-committee; maintaining a good working relationship with Trustees.Financial management:Ensure that the finances and financial systems across EMEA support The Trust’s mission; are effectively and efficiently managed (including risk managed) to the highest standards and meet all regulatory and audit standards; and that the organisation’s financial strategy is consistent with the Board’s intent.Develop effective working relationships with Area and Country Directors and Finance team members and ensure that financial support services work in a way that is integrated and collaborative with other teams. Oversee the development of efficient financial processes and systems that ensure each office effectively supports and undergirds the ministry. This will include a regular review of financial processes to encourage continuous improvement.Take a lead role in ensuring effective and harmonised financial, accounting, reporting and forecasting processes for the UK and EMEA region that are consistent with the requirements of the Global CFO in Atlanta.Take the lead role in ensuring that all financial reporting within the region meets financial and compliance regulations in each country of operation.  Agree, lead and manage the preparation of annual budgets within the UK and the region in accordance with the timetable set by the Global CFO and implementing business planning with relevant key performance and impact indicators.Maintain a clear understanding of the Trust’s funding methodology and its implications for the Trust, and provide proactive, strategic and advice to UK and Regional team leaders including monthly departmental actual vs. budget financial updates.Ensure that accurate statutory financial information for the relevant authority is compiled and submitted on a timely basis whilst maintaining close liaison with the external auditors.Oversee all internal audit and control processes set by the Senior ERP Manager whilst reviewing monthly with the Global CFO’s office the alignment of in-country management and RZIM internal management accounts.Work proactively to cultivate a vibrant culture within the UK and regional offices, instilling innovation to ensure that the organisation and ministry is served with excellence and passion.      PERSON SPECIFICATION Educated to degree level or equivalent, with a professional ACCA/CIMA/ACA qualification.Significant experience in a financial management role within an organisational context of corresponding scale and complexity.Strong manager, encourager and motivator,skilled and experienced in managing a team in a cross-cultural context, taking initiative, conveying passion, and coaching for success.Proven experience of managing financial functions across different cultures and multiple sites.Demonstrable experience and understanding of the practical implementation of technology solutions. Highly organised, flexible, socially confident with proven experience of building trust at senior levels.An ability to think and plan strategically coupled with excellent project management, strong analytical and problem-solving skills.Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate financial information to non-financial managers and staff in a clear and accessible way. Highly relational with an ability to work and deliver success in partnership with others. An active Christian faith with identification with the RZIM statement of faith.Highest levels of discretion, integrity and honesty. PERSONAL ATTRIBUTESThe Zacharias Trust believes that spiritual maturity, character and behaviour are as important as competence, and that it is important for the UK and Regional Finance Manager to have, develop and model a number of personal attributes.The Board and Executive Leadership Team believe The Trust will be best served by a UK and Regional Finance Manager who:Is a follower of Jesus and passionate about seeing others encounter Him.Inspires and is gifted in drawing outideas in others.Develops and empowers others, leading through team, sharing ideas and celebrating success collectively.Is servant-hearted, emotionally intelligent, self-aware and authentic.Is outward looking, a good communicator, level headed, tenacious and socially confident.Is ambitious to see the influence and stature of RZIM grow, and is experienced at blending trust in God with human endeavour.        TERMS AND CONDITIONSThe role is full time and permanent and will be based in Oxford. The salary will be circa £53,000depending on the competencies and experience of the successful candidate. The package also includes other benefits.HOW TO APPLYThe Zacharias Trust is working with Macaulay Search to make this important appointment.The closing deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th March at 5pm.Interested candidates are directed to email their application to Mark Powys of Macaulay SearchYour application should comprise:A covering note of not more than 1 and a half pages outlining motivation and relevant experience for the role.Please do mention your fit with the Christian faith and motivation we seek in our leader. Christian faith is an Occupational Requirement for this position.A full CV, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the more significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements.Successful candidates will be invited to an interview via Skype on Monday 30th April. A smaller number of candidates will be invited to final interviews in Oxford which are scheduled for Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th May.Thank you for taking the time to prayerfully consider this opportunity and to learn more about the work ofTheZacharias Trust.                View full job description
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