Financial Controller/Director

  • Location

    Central London

  • Sector:


  • Job type:

    Contract / Interim

  • Salary:

    £300-£400 per day depending on experience

  • Contact:

    Manpreet Pank

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:


  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Expiry date:


  • Client:



ART AGAINST KNIVES uses creativity to change young people’s lives.

We collaborate with young people to prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators of violent crime and create lasting positive change. We embed creative spaces in London’s most isolated communities, which deliver high-quality creative learning and bring preventative and responsive interventions to them, all year round. In these spaces our teams of highly skilled professionals provide skills training, mentoring and specialist support for young people. We work with them long-term as their needs cannot be met through short-term, one-off interventions. We build relationships with those ‘hardest to reach’ by co-designing spaces that become part of their everyday life, ie. our community nail bars and music studio.  Now in our 6th​ year, we have established a number of highly effective programmes. Our focus is currently on outer London boroughs where there is little youth work, youth arts and early intervention provision. We work at the cutting edge of support for young women and girls and of creative youth work, and in increasingly close collaboration with both statutory partners and voluntary sector organisations, leading the way in mental health and violence against women and girls support. Our current programmes reach approx. 400 young people each year.


  • We design projects WITH and not FOR young people

  • We believe in COLLABORATION

  • We are CREATIVE

  • We SAFEGUARD young people

  • We LISTEN before we act


  • We are INNOVATIVE without trying to reinvent


  • A focus on high quality and excellence in our delivery

  • A focus on long-term, transformative impact for our participants

  • Responding positively with a ‘solutions focused’ approach

  • A focus on prevention and early intervention

  • Embedding specialist support into everyday community life

  • Valuing lived experience and equality as a key basis for our work

  • A focus on strong governance and operational management to build a sound foundation for our work and future development.

  • Sharing our experience and help others to adopt, and learn from our successful programmes.




JOB TITLE:                   Financial Controller / Director

SALARY:                       £300 to £400 per day depending on experience

CONTRACT TYPE:      One year contract, with potential to stay with the organisation beyond

HOURS:                       One day per week, fully flexible

EXPENSES:                 Claims for additional expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with our expense policy

ANNUAL LEAVE:         n/a

LOCATION:                 ART AGAINST KNIVES is based in central London with a project base in Barnet. Remote/home working may be possible.

RESPONSIBLE FOR:    Oversight of Bookkeeper who works 2 days per week

REPORTING TO​:          CEO and Treasurer.


Art Against Knives is still a young charity and has grown quickly in its eight years. We are seeking a finance leader who can work collaboratively with the CEO to develop the financial and management reporting available to the Board


  • Maintaining financial controls and systems, producing and monitoring budgets, controlling expenditure

  • Ensure Tax, PAYE and pension compliance and tight credit control, ensuring that AAK stays ahead of policy and/or SORP updates

  • Oversee the preparation of management accounts and regularly report to the Treasurer

  • Act as key contact with external accountants and manage the annual Independent Examination

  • Work with and provide secretariat function to the Finance & Fundraising Subcommittee

  • Support the CEO in the annual budgeting process

  • Prepare ad hoc reports for the Board of Trustees

  • Advise the board on governance matters including changes in regulations, ensuring that the trustees are able to comply with legal and statutory requirements



  • Qualified accountant ACA/ACCA/CIMA with at least 3-5 years PQE

  • Proven experience of overseeing finances, managing budgets effectively and of operating within financial constraints.

  • Proven experience of working closely and collaboratively with boards/management committees

  • Working in a start-up or in a small and dynamic organisation


  • Ability to prioritise and manage a varied and complex workload

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently within the constraints (financial, human, buildings, equipment) of a small, independent charity

  • Excellent project management and analytical skills, people management skills and the ability to support, motivate and develop working relationships with people at all levels

  • Strong interpersonal/influencing skills with the ability to exercise sensitivity, diplomacy and confidentiality and to build trusted relationships

  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills, including report writing


  • Quickbooks / Xero financial system knowledge

  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and successful practice in the field, including GDPR and fundraising regulations

  • Firm grounding in charity financial management and accounting, including rules for donations

PLEASE NOTE:​ The above job description is a guide to the work you may be required to undertake but does not form part of your contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances. This appointment is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. We can only consider candidates who have the right to work in the UK.  

ART AGAINST KNIVES values diversity and is an equal opportunities employer, working towards becoming a disability confident committed employer.


Apply via email by sending us a covering letter (no more than one page) and your CV at your earliest convenience.  

The email address for applications is: ​​. Please use the job title and your name as the subject line of the email.

Interviews for candidates will take place once written applications have been reviewed.   For more info visit our website ​

Deadline: 31st  July 2020