Head of Finance

British Olympic Association (BOA)
Location London, UK
Posted 07/06/2017
Closes 25/06/2017
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Finance & Procurement, Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description


The British Olympic Association’s (BOA) Vision is to ‘Unite and Inspire the nation through the power of Olympic Sport’ and its Mission is to ensure Team GB are ‘the best supported team in Olympic competition’.

The BOA’s primary role and purpose is to;

  • Select, lead, and manage Team GB at Olympic and Olympic Winter Games and all International Olympic Committee (IOC)and European Olympic Committees (EOC) accredited events such as Youth Games, Youth Festivals, and the European Games; and
  • Develop the Olympic Movement and promote the principles and values of Olympism, in our territory of responsibility.

The BOA is independent and privately funded. The success of our mission is entirely dependent upon the income we receive from our commercial programmes including but not limited to sponsorship, fundraising, licensing, and events. The BOA is the UK National Olympic Committee and the strong, independent voice for British Olympic Sport responsible for promoting the Olympic Movement throughout the UK.


This role will provide essential support to the CFO and have responsibility for the finance team comprising of three members of staff. The individual will ensure that the finance operation is run in an efficient and effective manner to comply with all statutory requirements and maintain a robust control environment.


This individual will be leading the Company’s financial monthly forecast, annual and quad budgeting process, and responsible for operating plan variance analysis and finance input on special projects. They will provide financial and strategic support to senior management including preparing board and other financial presentations, capital expenditure review, new business opportunities and other projects requested by senior management. This person will provide analytical capability to the company and will work as a finance business partner to provide insights and support business decision making.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the finance team of three staff including performance management and development.
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory requirements – Annual Report and Financial Statements, VAT returns, tax etc.
  • Maintain a robust control environment including review and application of controls, policies and procedures.
  • Work with budget holders to review monthly results, develop forecasts and plans, and ensure that operations are developed within budget.
  • Analyse current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, cost of sales, expenses and capital expenditures.
  • Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and preparing variance analysis.
  • Oversee and manage the continued development of Budgeting, Financial Forecasting and Modeling tools including cash flow forecasting.
  • Develop the framework for Games-Time finance operations including Games-Time policies and procedures.
  • Quarterly and Monthly Financial reports.
  • Develop the Company’s reporting to provide meaningful insight and analysis.
  • Improve performance by evaluating processes to drive efficiencies.
  • Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives.
  • Analyse complex financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision making purposes.
  • Prepare presentations to Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team.
  • Deputise for the Chief Financial Officer as required.

Key Challenges in Delivering the Role:

  • Requirement for a diverse skill-set including strong technical skills, a good grasp of financial control principles and financial planning & analysis capability.
  • Ability to become a trusted finance business partner, being in a position that both supports the business, but is able to challenge as required.  
  • Being able to work under pressure particularly in preparation for Board meetings.

Relationships and Interfaces:

  • Management and development of three staff members
  • The role involves interfacing with all other departments across the company
  • Building and maintaining good professional relationships with members of staff across the whole organisation, particularly senior management and budget holders.

Person Specification:

  • Professionally qualified with 5+ years post qualification experience
  • Strong technical and financial control background
  • Experience in Financial Business Partner or Financial Planning and Analysis roles
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of dealing with staff at all levels
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills.
  • Familiar with working with Financial Systems to extract data for analysis purposes
  • Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organised.
  • Articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think creatively, highly-driven and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work with team members in a hands-on management capacity
  • Strong people management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure according to strict deadlines
  • Flexible

Application Process:

  • Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining relevant skills and experience via the provided 'APPLY' button including the reference HOF2017 in your application.
  • Please include details of your current salary and notice period.
  • Closing date for applications is 25th June 2017.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to all candidates. Those shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment process will be contacted no later than Friday 30th June.

British Olympic Association (BOA)

The British Olympic Association’s (BOA) mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB.

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