Head of Finance and Administration, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland


Job Summary

The Head of Finance and Administration will play a key role within NYOS, ensuring that our strategic objectives and operational delivery models are founded on sound financial planning and controls, that our systems and processes are effective and robust, and that our people are well supported.

Job Description

The post holder will be responsible for oversight of all finance and administration processes, including financial management and reporting as well as human resources management. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Head of Finance and Administration will oversee all NYOS's systems and processes and will liaise across all areas of the organisation including the Board, as well as with external stakeholders.

It is an exciting time to work for NYOS as we develop new plans, including a move to more accessible office premises later this year. We are looking for Head of Finance and Administration who shares our ambitions and values and wants to be part of a small, friendly team that takes great pride in nurturing and celebrating the achievements of Scotland's young musicians.

NYOS is committed to finding the very best candidate for this role and to growing the diversity of the organisation. We particularly encourage applications from people with disabilities, LGBTQI+, Black, Asian and other global majority backgrounds, care leavers, and those residing in an area of social and economic deprivation as measured by postcode on the https://simd.scot/#/simd2020/BTTTFTT/9/-4.0000/55.9000/ - Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivations (SIMD).

Job Requirements


  • CCAB qualified, or qualified by experience
  • Experience developing budgets and longer-term forecasts at organisational level
  • Practical experience of the compilation of annual accounting statements for a business
  • Experience of preparing audit information, working with external auditors
  • A good working understanding of accounting processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant HMRC legislation
  • Knowledge of Company Law in relation to statutory accounts and reporting
  • Competent user of current accounting software packages and proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and spreadsheets
  • Experience of developing and implementing business systems to ensure the effectiveness of the organisation with an ability to investigate new solutions.
  • Experience of managing across a range of functions/disciplines
  • Experienced people-manager


  • Experience ofmanaging charity finances
  • Compliance (Health and Safety, GDPR, Safeguarding
  • Knowledge of HR

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the finance function, in particular invoicing, banking and cashflow, ensuring effective controls are in place and that relevant staff are suitably trained.
  • Responsible for the preparation of annual budgets in conjunction with the Chief Executive and other Senior Managers, and for reviewing and reporting on those budgets to the CEO, Board, and the Finance & General Purposes Committee as required.
  • Responsible for annual audit procedures ensuring all financial records are up-to-date and in compliance with OSCR and statutory regulations.
  • Manage HMRC requirements and complete statutory and regulatory returns on time (VAT returns, Charity returns, etc).
  • Maintain accounting system and (outsourced) payroll system, ensuring any upgrades and future developments are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Produce quarterly Management Accounts.
  • Support the Development team with detailed financial reports for funding requirements.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a cover letter, along with an equal opportunities monitoring form (available from our website), by the closing date of Thursday 1 June (9am). The equal opportunities form is designed to help NYOS achieve its aspiration to become a truly inclusive community.

You may send a video or audio recording in place of a cover letter if you wish.

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