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Interim Director of Accounting Services

Date: 12-Oct-2021

Location: Woking, UK

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Since adopting our global strategy, 100 Million Reasons, our global work to advance children’s rights and equality for girls has had unprecedented impact. We have been transforming our operations at the Global Hub to be the best possible partner for the 8,000+ staff who work in our country offices, and working to become a more agile, efficient and accountable organization.


We have improved our mechanisms for collaboration, transparency and data-gathering. The transformation has also increased the number of decisions to be taken close to the point of impact and distributed power more widely throughout the organisation.


To bring about lasting change, we have to live our values. We are committed not simply to telling the world we are the go to organisation on girls’ rights, but to embedding justice and equality in all that we do.


Will you join us?



The Opportunity


It is an exciting time for the Finance team at Plan International. We have embarked on significant departmental transformation to ensure strong financial capability and to maximise the impact of our financial resources, for the benefit of children, especially girls.  As we embark on this ambitious and exciting journey, we are recruiting for an Interim Director of Accounting Services, who will help to prepare, position and strengthen the organisation to achieve long lasting change in children’s lives.


You will be responsible for ensuring Plan International is financially sustainable and financial risks are minimised and mitigated through building and maintaining an effective, customer focused, culture of financial control and ensuring Plan International is compliant with its regulatory requirements. 


The team is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting, statutory reporting and customer service for a global organisation, operating across 80 countries with an annual income of more than €900 million and you will provide strategic thought leadership, operational leadership and management of Group financial activities, with overall responsibility for corporate statutory financial reporting, financial accounts, processes and systems


About You


A qualified Chartered Accountant, you are a multi-disciplinary financial expert in financial accounting, control and compliance. You bring a breadth of financial experience, ideally gained within the iNGO (ideally humanitarian and development) or non-profit sectors and on a global, regional or multi country basis.  


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Location: Our Global Hub is based in Woking, Surrey. The majority of our staff are still working from home however the expectation is that the team generally meet together in the office once a week. Applicants must have the pre-existing right to work in the UK.

Type of Role: Nine month fixed term contract 

Reports to: Executive Director for Finance & IT

Closing Date: Sunday 31st October


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.