Chief Financial Officer

Connected Places Catapult

Regular attendance at CPC offices (London/Milton Keynes/Glasgow/Leeds)/international travel as required

  • Location

    Regular attendance at CPC offices (London/Milton Keynes/Glasgow/Leeds)/international travel as required

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Regulation

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive remuneration package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    02 July 2021

  • Client

    Connected Places Catapult

Ref: GSe72392

As the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and places, we provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.  We connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets, and we run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.

As a consequence, we play an important role in place-related innovation; stimulating economic growth and commercial success whilst pursuing important societal and environmental agendas, dismantling market barriers and speeding the application of innovative research and technologies by UK companies in the built environment, transport, infrastructure and place making industries. Given the events of the past year, our role has never been more relevant or more important, as collectively, we recover from the current pandemic and seek new relationships with the places in which we live and work.

In the role of Chief Financial Officer, you will perform a key senior leadership role, operating with gravitas, agility and transparency in an organisation with multiple complex high-value funding and revenue streams to support the delivery of our strategy.  Responsible for Finance and Commercial and Legal functions, you will provide inspirational and developmental leadership to a multi-disciplinary team, setting the right culture to ensure that our people are future focused, and equipped and motivated to deliver to the highest standards in an environment that is subject to continual change and external scrutiny.

We are looking for an exceptional C level operations leader who has ideally performed a similar role in an expert, project led environment in which innovation and the maximisation of human capital are imperative to impact, business success and external credibility.  Strategic, commercial, proportionate and supportive, you will be successful in balancing a moderate attitude to risk with a creative approach to problem solving, making things happen within the value set of our organisation, yet with the confidence and credibility to harness others to reality when necessary, to maintain a strong corporate reputation for financial best practice and the utmost probity.  To this end, experience of having worked at the cross-section between the public and private sectors will be of particular interest, along with a strong understanding of the governance supporting public/private investment and grant funding. 

This is an opportunity to play a key role in the leadership and further development of our business.  Your commitment, strong intellect, outstanding skillset and high levels of energy and enthusiasm have the potential to make a huge difference, so that together we can achieve outstanding outcomes.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Friday 18 June 2021 @ 5.30pm

Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 28 June 2021 & w/c Monday 5 July 2021

Assessments & Information Conversations
w/c Monday 12 July 2021 & w/c Monday 19 July 2021

Final Panel Interviews
TBC - w/c Monday 2 August 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


Anna Scaife: 0113 416 6772