Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (FIN0538)

Oxfam, Oxford, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th March, 2020

Job Description

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (FIN0538)

Are you a ​financial leader wanting to make a positive social impact on the world?

Do you thrive in environments where you can collaborate and work in partnership with others?

Do you want to join a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty?

We are looking for a Chief Finance Officer (CFO) who will embody the values and aspirations of Oxfam, at a pivotal time of transformation for the organisation.

This is an exciting point in time to join Oxfam Great Britain, we are developing a new 10 year strategy so that we can build on our rich history and evolve to be a more effective partner and help people living in poverty to improve their lives. As part of this we are creating a more focused organisation including streamlined and more inter-connected divisions, of which Finance is one.

What you'll be doing

In this role, you will establish the new Finance division sitting at the heart of organisational life, responsible for providing effective financial, legal and governance oversight and support to enable Oxfam to deliver its mission. In partnership with others, you will build a financial strategy to strengthen our financial systems and organisational resilience for the future. As a core member of the strategic leadership team, you will work closely with other divisional leads and their teams, acting as a trusted advisor to help ensure we make the best financial and legal decisions which will enhance our impact in the world. Equally important, you will contribute to evolving our working culture to ensure we get the best from everyone.

You'll have

Most of all, we’re looking for a candidate with integrity who cares about Oxfam's mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to the values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do.

An ideal candidate for the role will also be:

  • Previously a finance Director and / or CFO role within a complex organisation
  • Self-aware and able to make a positive impact on others
  • Experienced in people-management, and in building engaged, motivated and empowered teams
  • Able to develop effective financial strategies and shape strong financial management and systems
  • Knowledgeable in finance, legal and governance
  • A strong problem-solver, who can make decisions using analysis and their strategic judgement
  • Resilient and a role model for wellbeing
  • Committed to creating a safe, inclusive and equal working culture

What we can offer you

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in creating an impact in some of the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the world, shaping a better world for generations to come. At Oxfam, we see that a positive and supportive place to work is key, so you will join a group of passionate people who are aiming to put our values and ethos into all we do. We also see everyone's growth and development as key, so will work with you to shape relevant opportunities to support your career journey. More about our benefits and commitment to staff can be found in a downloadable document titled Oxfam's Promise.

We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we're open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. This is advertised as a full-time role, but we would also be open to job share arrangements as well. You can discuss this at your interview, or we can arrange for you to speak to us in advance by contacting us on the details below.

If you want to talk to us about this role before you apply, please contact our Recruitment Advisor, Ash Pumma at

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job 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 his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

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