Location: Dover/hybrid

Contract: Permanent


Salary: £56,000 - £60,000 based on experience

Closing Date: 9 October 2023

We are currently looking for a Deputy Director of Finance to join our passionate and dedicated Finance team, on a permanent contract.

The successful candidate will innovative and adaptable. They will have demonstrable experience working with a wide range of finance processes with a keen eye for detail when analysing and producing reports.

This role is key to representing the charity and it’s trading subsidiary in all its financial dealings with its key commissioners, suppliers, regulators, and internal stakeholders. Therefore, the successful candidate should understand the financial risks and underlying financial performance of the entity’s core operations. They will establish and enhance reporting of financial data through regulatory frameworks, systems, and processes. These will ensure optimum decision making at a management and trustee level to achieve the charity’s objectives.

If you have a meticulous attention to details, with the ability to work in a fast paced environment and are looking for an exciting role that makes a difference, we’d love to hear from you!

As the Deputy Director of Finance your duties would include:

  • Development of strategic and operational plans within the finance team in support of the organisational strategy and in the furtherance of the objects of the charity
  • Identifying the financial impact of current and potential operational changes to the Charity and escalating those in the decision making process
  • Ensuring the robust working of a successful finance department that operates financial controls, nominal ledger reconciliations and control accounts which are used for the foundations of our financial records
  • Engage with business leaders and budget holders to promote an open relationship which allows accurate forecasting and budgeting, both cyclically and ad-hoc. This will ensure the Charity and it’s trading subsidiary can estimate its financial position and financial future and promote value for money
  • Encourage an approach of process improvement in our financial operations through automation and understanding of our business needs, to provide faster, validated data
  • Oversee a financial reporting hierarchy that addresses the differing needs of Trustees, SMT, budget holders, contract managers, commissioners, and auditors
  • Build a strong finance team of managers, officers and assistants which promote internal development, cross-personnel training and accreditations
  • Invest the reserves of the Charity wisely it’s in furtherance of its objectives. Effectively monitor the timing and risk of such short term investments through working capital management tools
  • Support our contractual and financial arrangements for bids, grants and contracts by overseeing the construction of financially sustainable and competitive costing models
  • Communication & Stakeholder Management - Develop and maintain communications with budget holders, SMT members, Trustees, commissioners, auditors and other regulatory bodies
  • Manage risks and issues, including those that are strategic and politically sensitive, ensuring regular reporting and escalation as appropriate
  • Be an active member of the SMT at Deputy Director level and a member of MHTL’s SLT
  • Deputise for the Director of Finance, Infrastructure & Quality
  • Development and support of the operational staff who oversee reporting frameworks, financial compliance, and costing analysis, providing as a mentor or coach

The experience and skills you need:

  • Managing a multi-level team in a finance environment at a senior level
  • Experience of providing and presenting reports which outline, provide options, and recommend decisions at a Trustee level
  • Collaborating at a senior level with an organisation’s senior management team
  • Experience in constructing and validating cost models for new projects and commissions, bringing in a commercial understanding
  • Exceptional IT skills, including Microsoft Excel


What else to expect:

  • This is a hybrid role with the expectation to work from the Dover office where appropriate
  • Effective training and support to ensure for a successful transition into the role
  • Flexibility to work unsocial hours by prior arrangement and travel within the UK as required

About Migrant Help:

Migrant Help is a leading charity that has been established for over 50 years and delivers a range of support and advice services to migrants across the UK. Our vision is for a global society that protects vulnerable migrants, treats them with respect and enables them to reach their full potential. 

We place a high value on employees in relation to the work that they do and the benefits the organisation offers, with an ethos of being a Great Place to Work. 

These are some of the benefits we offer:

• Flexibility and work life balance
• Enhanced family friendly provisions
• Additional holiday entitlements
• Perkbox benefits
• Non-contributory pension scheme. 

At Migrant Help, we foster a culture in which equality, diversity and inclusion are recognised, valued and encouraged. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, we match your skills with the needs of our organisation. As long as you share our values, vision and goals. We welcome applications from candidates regardless of their age, religion or belief, race, gender reassignment, disability, sexual orientation, sex, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.


Migrant Help is committed to safeguarding those we provide a service to, applicants will have to undergo strict vetting procedures throughout different stages of the recruitment process.  

- This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

- This post is subject to a Counter Terrorism Clearance (CTC)

For CTC application applicant must:

- Be able to provide a valid passport eg. 10 year full British passport, EU or non-EU Passport with indefinite leave to remain

- Be able to provide continuous UK address history for the previous 5 years

- Provide full employment history for the previous 3 years and/or suitable documentation to cover any gaps in employment

​​We encourage applications from disabled people by offering them an interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the job

See the job description for full person specification.

How to apply

To apply for this role please click on this link and complete the online application form attaching a copy of your CV and cover letter.

Selection Criteria

Your application will be assessed against the job description and person specification, which can be found via the above link, we therefore recommend you review both before you apply.

Closing Date: 9 October 2023

As part of your role, it is important you operate within Migrant Help’s values:
Protection, Diversity, Equality, Partnership, Innovation and Excellence.
Migrant Help is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.