Finance Director

  • Job Reference: 12084
  • Date Posted: 5 November 2021
  • Recruiter: The National Space Centre
  • Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Salary: £75,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: + Superb Benefits Package
  • Sector: Accountancy, Business Operations, Charity, Executive
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Part Time
  • Contact: Paul Mitchell
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)116 254 9404

Job Description

12084 – Finance Director Job Specification

Location: Leicester


Paul Mitchell Associates are proud to be partnering exclusively with The National Space Centre in Leicester to recruit a high-calibre Finance Director on a part-time permanent basis (circa 3-days per week). The incumbent, long-serving Finance Director is scheduled to retire in Spring 2022, and it is hoped that the successful candidate will be available for the hand-over / witness the audit of the 2021 accounts.




About the Organisation

The National Space Centre Charity (No. 1078832) has a mission to get people excited about space and help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers. It achieves its mission & objectives through the activities of three business units:

  1. ‘The National Space Centre’ welcomes family and school groups for a fun and informative visit of 3-4 hours’ duration, and corporate groups for meetings, conferences, weddings and dinners.
  2. ‘NSC Discovery’ uses space as a context by which to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects to students & teachers. It incorporates the National Space Academy that delivers GCSE and A level (and equivalent) support programmes throughout the UK and overseas.
  3. ‘NSC Creative’ produces and distributes 2D & 3D immersive animated films for planetarium dome, virtual reality & flat screen applications (for in-house use & for clients across the UK & overseas).

The Charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees and is managed by a subsidiary operating company. It presently turns over £7.5m per annum and employs 150 people. It receives no public funds towards its operating costs, instead relying on earned income. It raises funds to help support its education & community engagement work.


Summary of the Role

The successful candidate will become an Executive Director of NSSC Operations Ltd (’Opco’) – the Charity’s subsidiary operating company. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will be responsible for:

  • Playing a full role in the origination & development of the Charity’s ‘Ten Year Vision’ and rolling ‘Three-Year Business Plan’. You will prepare a detailed annual budget and a minimum of two mid-year forecasts.
  • Overseeing the Charity’s finance function & management of the finance team. Originate finance strategy & manage policies incl. banking, reserves, investment, cash-flow, payment & procurement. Maintain a good working relationship with the Charity’s banking providers, auditors, insurers, lawyers & other professional service providers. Review procedures & recommend change / consider the merits of further digitisation.
  • Oversee the presentation of monthly management accounts (incl. profit & loss, cash-flow forecast & balance sheet) to the Executive Team & Opco Board. Analyse performance against budget & forecast, present appropriate KPI indicators & report accordingly. Present periodic management accounts to the Board of Trustees.
  • Service the Audit Committee and manage the appointment of the Auditor. Facilitate the audit of the annual accounts & submission of statutory accounts. Take initial responsibility for implementing any recommendations made by the Auditor / Audit Committee.
  • Manage the Company Secretary, Personnel and Health & Safety functions.
  • Adhoc Project Work: Join teams & committees as required, incl. (but not limited to) the Finance Committee, Remuneration Committee & Projects Committee.


The Person With ‘The Right Stuff’

The Finance Director role has hitherto been fulfilled on a part-time basis (circa four days per week), with the support of an experienced part-time senior accountant & a team of part-time accounts clerks. The Charity has promoted the senior accountant to the role of Financial Controller, with responsibility for management of the team and the compilation and presentation of the accounts. It seeks a Finance Director to oversee the performance of the Finance Team and other functions stated above, but otherwise act strategically in providing a comprehensive, future-focussed service.

The successful candidate should:

  • Be available to start early spring 2022.
  • Be a qualified / chartered accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA or equivalent).
  • Have a demonstrable track-record at Board Director level, with solid experience of originating strategy & presenting board reports.
  • Possess a broad understanding of business & effective communication, presentation & management skills to all levels, incl. the Company Secretary, Personnel and Health & Safety functions.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment, adaptable & responsive to challenges posed by trading conditions & Government regulation.
  • Share in the Charity’s vision, mission & purpose, as well as commitment to matters relating to employee welfare, diversity & the low-carbon agenda.
  • Enjoy representing the Charity at events on & off-site, incl. during the evening & weekends.
  • Expect to contribute fully to the wellbeing of the Charity, helping identify income-generating, fundraising & cost-saving opportunities. 


Salary Package

In return for the above, our client is offering the right person the chance to work with a prestigious household name.

  • Appointment Type: Permanent (in-house)
  • Salary: £75,000 full-time equivalent per annum (subject to experience)
  • Hours: Part-Time (3-days per week or flexible equivalent)
  • Holiday 24 Days + Bank Holidays (pro-rata’d for part-time / increasing in line with service)
  • Standard Life Group Pension Scheme (min. 4.5% ERs / 3.5% EEs). Pension advice clinic available bi-annually
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Death-in-Service (2x annual salary after 3-month probationary period)
  • Up to 15x entry tickets for family & friends per annum (pro-rata’d for part-time)
  • Free On-site Parking

If you – or someone you might know – are interested & think this opportunity may be suitable, APPLY ONLINE or call Paul Mitchell Associates (quoting ref: 12084) on 0116 254 9404.

Please Note: Paul Mitchell Associates are working as the National Space Centre’s exclusive recruiting partner for this appointment, and as such any direct or agency applications will be forwarded on to Paul Mitchell Associates.