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Top job! Director of Finance & Corporate Services

  • Full time
  • £60,000 – £70,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd November 2020

  • Advertised from 8th October 2020


The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) was established in 1783 for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge. Their contemporary mission remains very much the same: harnessing a diversity of knowledge and expertise and deploying it for the benefit of Scotland and the wider world – in the words of their strapline, ‘knowledge made useful’.

Embarking on the development of their new strategic framework and as they continue on a journey of change to enhance their impact, RSE are looking to recruit into the pivotal role of Director of Finance and Corporate Services. Reporting to the Chief Executive and with overall responsibility for the leadership, strategic development and operational success of the finance and wider corporate functions, you will ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the organisation. Acting as the lead source of advice regarding financial policies, IT, HR, the venue and corporate governance and as part of a small Senior Leadership Management Team, you will directly contribute at a strategic level to the capacity building, organisational development, resilience, sustainability and impact of RSE.

A fully qualified accountant with a proven track record of robust financial management, ideally gained within the charitable sector, you will have significant experience of operating at a senior level ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, sound corporate governance and providing financial information and analysis to allow informed decision making. An accomplished communicator, the successful candidate will have highly developed people skills with an ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders and develop high performing teams. You should also be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant experience of leading, motivating and developing staff
  • Evidence of successful strategic and operational resource management and financial planning in an appropriately complex setting
  • Previous experience of continuous improvement and developing and maintaining robust financial controls, systems and procedures
  • Evidence of strong contributions to risk management and corporate governance processes at senior management or Board level
  • High levels of resilience, drive and motivation to deliver results

Application notes

For more information on this exciting role please contact Douglas Adam at Livingston James, our retained recruitment partner or visit

Closing Date Monday 2nd November

Application Process: CV and covering letter to