Head of Finance - 3 days (22.5 hours in total) per week

The Consumer Council for Water


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  • Job type


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    £58,927 to £72,815 pro rata

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  • Expiry date

    06 February 2020

  • Client

    The Consumer Council for Water

Ref: GSe60015

The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) are proud to protect the interests of water consumers in England and in Wales. We are a small organisation, but a high-impact one, and work with governments, water companies and regulators to resolve customer detriment. We are delighted with what we’ve accomplished so far: since we were established in 2005, we have recovered £29m in financial redress for customers, handled 400k complaints, and achieved a 70% reduction in complaints to water companies. There is still, however, much to be done, and we remain ambitious to secure a safe, reliable service and a fair deal for both current and future water consumers.

Change is occurring across the water industry, and we too must change to ensure we deliver what tomorrow’s customers require. As we begin a new cycle for the development of our plan for 2020-23, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join CCWater as our Head of Finance. A member of the Executive Team, this is a pivotal senior role which will see the postholder support the CEO and the Board by developing and taking forward our strategic direction and priorities. As well as finance, the role oversees procurement, estates and facilities. It is, therefore, a busy and diverse portfolio at the heart of our drive to realise value for money, benchmark performance, and adopt best practice as we protect and represent consumers.

If you have a proven experience of strategic finance leadership, have worked with and advised Boards, and can point to a track record of success leading, managing and motivating high-performing multi-disciplinary teams, then we want to hear from you. A creative and flexible thinker, you will have introduced and embedded continuous improvement cultures to complex organisations, and will be able to demonstrate where and how your commercial nous and political acumen have made a tangible difference. Confident and credible operating at the highest levels, you will convince with your influencing and communication skills, which will enable you to carry weight with our most senior stakeholders, internal and external, and forge effective working relationships with colleagues across our business. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of governance and standards expected of public bodies, experience overseeing procurement, estates and facilities functions, and could bring expertise in regulatory finance, but these are desirable, not essential.

Closing date12 noon on Friday 7th February 2020
Shortlist MeetingMonday 17th February 2020
Referencing and informal conversationsBetween w/c Monday 24th February 2020 and w/c Monday 9th March 2020
Final PanelFriday 13th March 2020
How to Apply

To apply please submit:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two A4 pages) setting out how your knowledge, skills, experience and personal qualities meet the essential and desirable criteria as set out in the person specification above.
  • A completed Equality Opportunities Monitoring Form – this will appear onscreen when you submit your application. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way.

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete and submit GIS form. 

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx
Contact details
Jemima Dalgliesh: 07393 013 066

Julia St Clare: 0203 854 2203