UNISON Centre – Finance Manager

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UNISON's Finance Department is seeking a confident, highly motivated and dynamic Finance Manager to manage and lead the Financial Management Team (FMT) on a 12-month fixed-term contract.
Starting salary
£51,098 per annum plus £6,335 per annum London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
19 December 2023
Contract type
Full time, fixed term
Contract length
12 Months Fixed Term

About this job

UNISON’s Finance Department is seeking a confident, highly motivated and dynamic Finance Manager to manage and lead the Financial Management Team (FMT) on a 12-month fixed-term contract. The team consists of four qualified Management Accountants and two part qualified assistants. The FMT section is responsible for all the financial and management reporting across the organisation.

The role involves taking responsibility for the team’s day-to-day management to ensure accuracy and timeliness of reporting to a wide variety of stakeholders, emphasising added value and developing user-friendly reports. Staff management in all its aspects will be a fundamental part of the role in achieving and improving the quality of outputs to strict deadlines. Overall, responsibilities will also include ensuring that robust financial budgeting, planning and reporting systems, controls and procedures are in place and operating effectively; ensuring that the finance department meets strategic, operational, legal and professional requirements of the Union; providing a first-class accounting, support & advisory service across the organisation; playing a key role in the development and implementation of the department’s mid and long term  IT and reporting objectives and drive improvements in operational performance; lead on a number of projects and initiatives covering issue across the Union.

The candidate will be a professional Accountant with a recognised CCAB qualification, post-qualification experience and a proven ability to handle financial and management accounting and reporting in a large organisation. As the role will be demanding, it calls for an individual who has strong staff management and team leadership skills, excellent knowledge and understanding of systems, experience in change management, the ability to communicate effectively and at all levels and be highly organised to meet the diverse objectives and targets to deadlines.

This appointment will be on a 12-month fixed term, based at the Head Office in central London. In return, the successful candidate will receive a competitive salary based on the current pay and grade structure, 32 days annual leave, benefits of a final salary pension plan, and flexible working options.

How to apply

Interested candidates can apply for this opportunity by downloading and completing the General Application Form (under “Documents” below). See also job description and person specification (under “Documents”).

Please email your completed application forms to s.hadley@unison.co.uk quoting ref: ORD/7T.

Completed application forms must be received by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 19th December 2023.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th January 2024.


UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

UNISON is a dynamic, progressive union, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us.

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