Top job! Head of Finance & Resources

  • Full time
  • £49,420 – £61,617
  • Scotland, Central Belt (likely to be Falkirk)
  • Closing 25th October 2021

  • Advertised from 1st October 2021
  • + pension + holiday + flexible remote working


For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failing by establishing a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.

While nothing can ever make up for the suffering survivors have endured, financial redress can provide acknowledgement and recognition of the harm done. The national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice and access to support and apology.

To deliver this, the Scottish Government has supported the creation of a new ‘non-departmental public body’ entitled Redress Scotland. This body will assess and make decisions on applications from survivors (and in some cases next of kin) seeking redress. Redress Scotland will be entirely independent of the Scottish Government.


Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body. It will not process applications, provide support to applicants or arrange payments. In order to make best use of public resources, all administrative aspects of the national scheme will instead be carried out by Scottish Government without impinging on the independence of Redress Scotland’s decision-making.

The Role

Redress Scotland is seeking to appoint a Head of Finance & Resources who will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT).

The Head of Finance & Resources is responsible for leading the financial management of the organisation and the functions of finance, ICT, buildings and contracts. The role will include leading and managing any employees within these functions. The Head of Finance and Resources will work with the Chief Executive to ensure high standards of financial management and reporting, including fulfilling the requirements of Redress Scotland as a public body.

The post holder will set and review budgets and regularly monitor and report on financial performance, including variations and risks. They will contribute to the total quality management framework, and ensure that identified improvements are implemented effectively. The post holder will prepare and set up contracts for services and, where agreed, manage relationships with service providers and contractors.

You will operate with high levels of personal integrity and be able to build new trusted relationships across organisational boundaries, helping to create a trauma-informed organisation that inspires the trust of the survivor community.

Main duties include:

  • Provide professional accounting and financial advice, including developing appropriate financial policies and procedures and ensuring there are robust controls and checks in place for the management of the financial functions of Redress Scotland.
  • Supporting value for money decision making and best value, ensuring business cases, expenditure and decision making is aligned with the requirements for public bodies and promoting best practice within the team.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships, continuously improving financial awareness across the organisation and embedding our values of compassion, dignity and respect in everything we do.
  • Work closely with business areas to identify, analyse, quantify and mitigate financial risks and challenges, supporting the wider team, chief executive and board members to understand any impact on the finances of the organisation and mitigate identified risks.
  • Lead and manage the delivery of high quality resources for Redress Scotland, ensuring excellent digital resources are in place and the buildings are managed well.
  • Oversee the setting up and monitoring of contracts for products and services for the organisation.


You must be a suitably experienced and qualified accountant (CCAB professional accountancy body or equivalent). You must have strong technical accountancy and financial management skills with the ability to develop expertise in accounting systems used by Scottish public bodies. You should have experience of leading or managing finance functions in an organisation.

Application notes

For more information about the recruitment process or to request information in a different format, please contact John Lavictoire, Director at Seymour John Public Services (

If you would like to review the job application pack and apply, please see below or visit our website and send your CV and accompanying letter of application by 12.00 noon on Monday 25th October 2021.

Any third-party applications will automatically be passed onto our Retained Executive Search Consultants at Seymour John Public Services.

Recruitment Timetable:

Psychometric Tests & Assessment Centre (Shortlisted candidates) –through video conferencing: Monday 8th November 2021

First Interviews: Wednesday Monday 15th November 2021

Offers of employment: W/C 22nd November 2021