Top job! Head of Finance and Corporate Operations

  • Full time or Part time
  • £46,229 – £52,827
  • Grantown on Spey
  • Closing 11th August 2022

  • Advertised from 22nd July 2022
  • Permanent Contract. 37.5 hours per week (though 30/hrs per week will be considered)


The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with our dedicated and passionate Corporate Services team who are committed to providing the best people experience, every day. Furthermore, there is access to some of the most beautiful countryside straight from our Headquarters office door.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) was recognised as one of Scotland's top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Finance and Corporate Operations to join the CNPA, to head the Finance, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Corporate Governance functions of the Authority, working with the Director of Corporate Services & Deputy Chief Executive.

The Role:

As the Head of Finance and Corporate Operations you will take lead responsibility for managing a programme of work to deliver over time a series of agreed outcomes within the National Park Authority’s Corporate Plan. You will also be accountable for direct managerial control of staff and financial resources. This means you will develop a real understanding of the inner workings of the Authority.

You will lead, develop and inspire your staff to make their contribution to the delivery of the National Park Partnership Plan, and Corporate and Operational Plans in an enthusiastic, dedicated, efficient and professional way, meaning you will be confident in managing your team to give the best possible service provision.

You will take lead responsibility for identifying dependencies whereby successful delivery of your programme of work will require input and/or delivery of outputs from elsewhere in the organisation and take a lead on required internal communications and negotiations required to secure resources required from other areas of the organisation. This means that you will have opportunities to develop great working relationships with colleagues across the wider organisation.

So, if you are keen to be the Head of Finance and Corporate Operations and to head the Finance, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Corporate Governance functions of the Authority and you can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

CNPA Benefits:

  • Civil service pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
  • Professional development
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Use of pool cars

About You:

To be considered as our Head of Finance and Corporate Operations, you’ll need:

  • The post-holder must be either a finance or ICT professional, holding either a CCAB accountancy qualification or a professional ICT qualification,
  • The post-holder must show a demonstrable capacity to establish strategic plans and lead teams across both finance and ICT disciplines;
  • The post-holder must have experience of managing staff, and demonstrable ability to lead, motivate and develop staff in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • The post-holder must have the capacity to work autonomously of frequent senior management supervision;
  • The post-holder must be able to demonstrate ability to make sound judgements on the handling of controversial and sensitive issues;
  • The post holder must have an understanding of programme management principles, and in particular be sensitive to and have demonstrable experience of managing issues around programme resourcing where elements of finance and staff resource required, or where delivery of some required outputs, may be dependent on the cooperation of other managers within the organisation;
  • The post-holder must have demonstrable expertise and knowledge of their programme area and evidence the skills and experience to support their delivery of the role;
  • The post-holder must be articulate, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and,
  • Full UK driving licence or access to a driver if disability prevents driving.

Application notes

Closing Date: 23:59pm, Thursday 11th August 2022

Interview Date: Thursday 22nd September 2022 (held virtually)

To apply, please visit our website

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age. We are Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you. In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

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