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On Purpose

On Purpose is hiring a Remote Finance Director, International - Part-time

This is a rare opportunity to join the core team of On Purpose, a well-respected and growing international social enterprise.

About On Purpose

At On Purpose, we develop leaders who will help transform our economy – putting purpose before profit to create a system that is equitable and sustainable in the long-term.

Working here puts you at the heart of an inspiring mix of people and organisations working to create positive change, enables you to have a significant impact by shaping leaders who will have a transformative effect on the economy, and exposes you to significant learning and development opportunities for yourself.

Our Associate Programme will celebrate its thirteenth year in 2023. Running twice a year, the year-long programme works with a select group of high-potential career changers from a range of professional backgrounds, matching them to work with purpose-led organisations, and supporting them through inspiring learning and development.

On Purpose operates as a social enterprise. We are a member of Social Enterprise UK, a founding UK B Corp, and a London Living Wage employer. We are based in London, near London Bridge, with offices in Paris and Berlin.

At On Purpose, our values are that we:

  • Choose optimism - we believe in a better future and that everyone has a part to play in making it happen
  • Learn together - magic happens when we welcome diversity and learn together
  • Step up - we take action in the interest of the whole
  • Engage our head and heart - we are proud to be strong problem solvers, we are more proud to be a caring community
  • Act with integrity - we walk our talk and live up to our responsibilities

Scope of role

This role will ensure that On Purpose’s finances and financial-processes enable our life-changing work. Each of our cities takes responsibility for its own finances through a mixture of in-house oversight and outsourced support. You will be responsible for overseeing that work and providing support, advice and guidance to our City teams, leading on the finances of our small international team and overseeing the work of our outsourced UK accountants. Currently across our three countries the On Purpose team consists of 21 people and has a turnover of £1.4m.

This role will include the following responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic advice and guidance to the Chief Executive and On Purpose International Board on the financial implications of On Purpose’s strategy and development, including the financial implications of potential new activities
  • Leading on setting the overall framework for our financial ways of working, process and information across On Purpose
  • Coordination and finalisation of consolidated financial information for the Board
  • Leadership of our organisation-wide annual budgeting cycle - leading the team through from first draft, through refinement, to Board sign off
  • Leadership and improvement of our cross-organisational accounting processes, including international cost allocation
  • Oversight of day-to-day and statutory accounting in each of our three cities
  • Management of our UK outsourced accountants
  • Responsibility for the finances of On Purpose International, including some activities which are shared with On Purpose London

The Finance Director will have a close relationship with the finances and financial processes of our London City team which is part of the same On Purpose UK legal entity as On Purpose International. Our Paris and Berlin team operate within separate legal entities and have their own accounting arrangements.

For candidates who have prior experience of overseeing technology / digital functions we would like to explore this role also taking on the line management of our technology administrator and oversight of our organisation-wide technology and digital activities.

Remuneration, benefits and holidays

We care about everyone we work with and have high aspirations for what we’ll each get out of working at On Purpose. We want our time working together to be challenging and rewarding as well as fun and enjoyable.

This is a part time position - 0.2 full time equivalent / equivalent to 1 day a week with a salary of £65,000 pro rata.

Other benefits include:

  • The chance to work at a genuinely purpose-driven organisation, that strives to transform our economy to bring about a just and regenerative future.
  • A trusting, collaborative and flexible working environment
  • An ethically-invested pension scheme with a 5% employer’s contribution, and employee contributions matched up to 10%
  • A pro-rata £750 personalised learning budget to help you grow and develop, access to the rolling-programme of top-quality events and training we offer to our Associates and wider community
  • Access to further core team training, mentoring and coaching
  • Income protection insurance
  • Enhanced maternity leave and shared parental leave
  • Organisation-wide offsites with team members from across our London, Paris and Berlin offices
  • A pro-rata holiday allowance of 25 days, plus UK bank holidays and your birthday.

While the expectation is that this role will take a total of one day a week, it would be helpful for On Purpose if that time was able to be worked flexibly to fit organisational needs such as peaks of monthly management information cycles, annual budget preparation etc. We are happy to discuss this with candidates during the application process.

Our UK team currently has a hybrid working pattern, with some time spent working at home, and some together in our office in London Bridge. For this role we are happy to consider working locations which are home-based / fully remote. Whilst we would prefer this role to be based in the UK, as long as the individual is happy to work UK working hours and to occasionally travel to London to work face to face with the wider team, we are happy to consider other locations as long as a workable employment / tax arrangement can be found. Unfortunately we are unable to sponsor visas.


To apply, please click on the 'apply to this position' link above where you will be asked to answer questions about your interest in and fit for the role, upload your CV, and share your contact details.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Wednesday 11th January.

If you are successful, we will hold first round interviews virtually on 16th and 17th January and second round interviews in person on the afternoon of 19th January or the morning of 20th January at our offices near Borough underground station. Please let us know in your application if you won’t be able to attend interviews on any of these dates. We are happy to refund travel expenses for those candidates who need to travel to get to in-person interviews.

We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible, subject to any notice periods they are bound to.

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