Ashoka – Senior Finance Manager – UK

Finance London, United Kingdom


Position at Ashoka

Ashoka – Senior Finance Manager – UK 

The Opportunity

Ashoka's vision and mission are to build a world where everyone is a changemaker.

Our world is changing in profound ways. While we don’t know which problems will appear tomorrow, we do know that they will be increasingly complex and interconnected. That’s why more than ever we need people to jump in, work together, and solve problems in imaginative ways. This “Everyone a Changemaker” (EACH) world is a world where each of us has the confidence and support to make changes for the good of all. Where every child, parent, educator, business leader, tech entrepreneur, nurse, lawyer, civic leader has the opportunity and know-how to shape a more resilient, sustainable, and just future.  

Globally, Ashoka has spent the last 40 years building and cultivating a community of change leaders who transform institutions and cultures to support changemaking for the good of society.

We are looking for a finance expert who is passionate of this cause to join us. The ideal candidate is eager to apply their technical expertise to help the team to achieve its goals, who is smart, flexible, innovative, enjoys challenges, works well in a fast-paced environment, thrives in collaborations with stakeholders with diverse backgrounds.

Key Responsibilities

Finance and Accounting Leadership

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with local reporting standards and regulatory requirements (non-profits and otherwise).
  • Implement appropriate internal controls & mechanisms for receipt of revenue, costs, program budgets and actual expenditures; ensure appropriate safeguarding of company assets and the proper recording of financial transactions.
  • Coordinate all audit activities.
  • Analyse financial data and present financial reports timely and accurately; clearly communicate financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of Ashoka’s financial status.
  • Maintain and manage relationships with external stakeholders, including banks, large vendors, payroll agency, etc.
  • Establish and monitor implementation of finance policies, procedures and administrative systems to support finance/program operations.

Strategic Operations

  • Work with the management team in annual strategic planning.
  • Complement the strategic vision with financial views and analysis of future scenarios; participate in the decision-making process in relation to the interests of the company.
  • Support management team in engaging the Board of Directors around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.

Day-to-day Financial Management

  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant period.
  • Coordinate with other Ashoka offices to ensure intra-group transactions are properly processed and recorded.
  • Exercise efficient and proper bank account management, cash & asset management, grant management, accounts payable and receivable processes, monthly payroll.
  • Work with the outsourced accounting support team to ensure correct bookkeeping.

Skills & Experience

  • Problem-solving skills and willingness to face unique challenges, through collaboration with various stakeholders to achieve desirable outcomes.
  • Professionalism and, where necessary, technical skill proficiencies, in dealing with international stakeholders.
  • Ability to work and collaborate with people in other teams with no financial knowledge.
  • Excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing, especially the ability to articulate complicated financial/accounting concepts to people with no financial knowledge.
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a diverse group of smart, caring colleagues who want to make a meaningful change in the world.
  • Working experience in financial management and accounting in non-profit organisation.
  • Knowledgeable in UK charity accounting, financial statements audits, organisational strategy, planning and budgeting.
  • Accounting qualifications are desirable but not necessary.

Personal Qualities

Ashoka has a rigorous screening process for hiring staff at all career stages. All applicants for all positions must possess the following qualities along with the appropriate degree of experience:

  • Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship: Compelled to take creative initiative and ownership (e.g. founding an organisation or company, starting a movement, or re-shaping the work of an existing organisation). Demonstrates relentless and realistic how-to-thinking and passion for seeing their ideas come to life.
  • Understanding and belief in the Everyone a Changemaker vision: Understands and believes the Everyone a Changemaker vision at a gut level. To be able to innately “get” this, candidates should have a broad and inquisitive intellectual and a thinking pattern that connects the dots between historical trends and current social context.
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence: Ability to work efficiently and respectfully in teams, putting organisational/team goal first (personal glory second).
  • Ethical Fibre: Exceptionally strong ethical behaviour; self-reflective, strong empathy skills, trustworthy.
  • Self-Definition: Expects that changing the world in big ways and on a continental scale is what they will do in life.

To Apply & Other Details

This is a permanent position based in UK (preferably in or near London) with some national and international travel when permitted. It is not a visa-bearing role, so you must have the right to work in the UK to apply.

If this sounds like your next challenge, and you want to work with an international network of social impact leaders, then we’d love to hear from you! To apply, please submit via the JobVite platform, your 2-page CV alongside a 1-page cover letter that briefly describe your background and an explanation of your interest in the role.

  • Ideal start date: 1 August 2021 (or earlier)
  • Commitment: Full-time (flexible working arrangements will be considered with the right candidate).
  • Salary range: £43,000 - £49,000 p.a., dependent on experience.
  • Ability to work remotely: you will have the flexibility to choose to work remotely occasionally or at the office in London (subject to government’s guidelines and legislations on COVID)
  • Benefits: 25 days of paid leaves plus bank holidays, 3% employer pension contribution, travel insurance coverage, discretionary parental leaves & pay, flexible working pattern.
  • Application deadline: Open until position is filled; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We are currently seeking to widen the diversity of our team to push for greater equity in the social entrepreneurship and citizen sectors.