Finance Director Diocese of Sheffield

Church of England

Sheffield and Rotherham, with flexible and hybrid working welcomed

  • Location

    Sheffield and Rotherham, with flexible and hybrid working welcomed

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  • Expiry date

    27 September 2021

  • Client

    Church of England

Ref: GSe77009

The Diocese of Sheffield is the Church of England to nearly 1.2 million people across South Yorkshire and adjoining areas. We are a diocese of contrasts in terms of relative wealth and poverty and with many areas of both urban and rural deprivation. Led by our Bishop, Pete Wilcox, and Chief Executive, Katie Bell, we are embarking on an ambitious five-year strategic plan supported by a transformation programme with £4.9m extra funding for pioneering growth in this diverse part of the Church of England.

As our Finance Director, you will have a critical role in the strategic leadership and financial sustainability of the diocese. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will lead the diocesan finance team and the procedures, policies and processes by which the Diocese of Sheffield manages its resources will be your responsibility. You will ensure that robust reporting and monitoring is in place to the highest standard to fulfil all regulatory requirements, as well as taking lead responsibility for preparing our annual budget and the financial forecasting that informs the five-year strategic plan. As a key member of the senior leadership team of the Diocese, you will also play a critical role in broader strategic decision making, as a role model for our values, and in supporting and advising our Chief Executive, Bishop and other diocesan leaders.

You will be an experienced financial leader and qualified member of a recognised accountancy professional body, able to blend technical skills with a track record of effective strategic leadership. You will demonstrate an ability to lead and support transformation in a comparably complex environment, with the credibility to engage with board level stakeholders. You will work in sympathy with the mission and values of the Church of England and have the ability to learn, where needed, the structures, procedures and drivers that govern life across the church. If you feel you bring the energy, passion and technical skill to play a part in making a real difference to the communities of South Yorkshire, we would love to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Matt Malone on 07471 037070.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
12 noon on Monday 27 September 2021

Longlist Meeting
Friday 1 October 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 4 October 2021

Shortlist Meeting
Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 October 2021

Final Panel
Thursday 21 or Friday 22 October 2021

How to apply

Applications must be received by 12noon on Monday 27th September. Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply please submit the following:

  • An up to date copy of your CV
  • A supporting statement (max 3 pages) addressing the essential and desirable criteria in the Knowledge, expertise and Experience sections of the Person Specification 
  • 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. References will be taken for shortlisted candidates prior to the final interview, but referees will only be approached with your prior permission.
  • You will also be asked to complete a diversity monitoring questionnaire.  This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application and will appear onscreen when you apply. It is NOT a separate attachment.


Matt Malone: 0113 205 6063