Working in finance
I am Nicki Deeson, Amnesty International’s Finance Director. In 1992, after qualifying at PwC, I volunteered for two years as finance manager in Bangladesh, and I have been in the NGO sector ever since, joining Amnesty International in 2013.
I love working at Amnesty, and after you have read about our team, I hope you will want to join us. When I arrived, the organisation was about to embark on a major change programme, setting up new regional offices and restructuring several departments. The new structure is now being embedded and positive impacts are starting to be seen from truly global ways of operating. Now is an exciting time to join the organisation and help to shape its future.
What We Do
Amnesty International Secretariat’s (“IS”) Finance department is accountable for about €300m raised annually for human rights work across the world. Our role is to provide accurate financial information in creative and responsive ways, and to work alongside Amnesty’s frontline leaders to ensure growth and maximise human rights impact. We were very proud to be recognised as Third Sector Finance Team of the Year 2017.
How do we achieve this?
We work across three teams:
Liaises closely with our 70 partner countries to ensure effective planning, control and monitoring of global income and expenditure.
IS Management Accounting
Supports managers to implement excellent cost/contract management and forecasting. Provides financial information and analysis of staff and activities and gets involved in significant organisation-wide projects, across London and our overseas IS offices.
IS Central Finance
Central Finance is the engine room of the International Secretariat. We are responsible for paying staff and suppliers, ensuring our finance systems are working effectively, managing our cash resources, supporting the finance teams in our regional and overseas offices and for financial governance (policies and statutory reporting).
Who do we work with and why?
We work closely with all areas of the business, in particular:
- Our International Treasurer, to promote finance governance
- Directors across the IS, to influence their decisions
- Human resources and I&T teams, to drive forward excellence in organisational support.
What tools and systems do we use?
We use Sun Accounts, IPOS (purchase order system) and Concur (expenses system).
Who we look for
We have diverse skillsets and backgrounds, however we share key qualities that are crucial to our success:
- Listening, motivating and inspiring others
- Pride in our contribution and in the wider organisation
- Well organized and efficient
- Resourceful - Taking initiative to improve ways of working
- Striving to stretch and develop ourselves and increase our contribution.
Why would you want to work here?
All staff are encouraged to grow professionally through attendance of relevant training courses, seminars or events, and through membership of the Charity Finance Group which holds monthly meetings and networking events for charity finance leaders. The personal development plan is an essential part of our appraisal process, and we actively encourage staff to apply for more senior roles across the team whenever they become available.
Flexible working is encouraged. On the social side, we hold regular team building sessions, lunches and drinks, and the post-team meeting pub evening is an essential last item on every agenda.
Finance plays a crucial role within the organisational culture at Amnesty. Our leaders look to finance to support and guide how best to use the organisation’s resources, and to ensure key projects achieve their goals as effectively as possible. This provides the team with significant senior management exposure, project experience and continuous development.
International travel is not a strong feature of many roles outside the international accounting team, however if you are keen to travel, make sure you mention this on joining the organisation, as there is occasional need for staff to carry out tasks overseas.
Why did some of our current Finance staff choose Amnesty?
We’re looking to hear from you if…..
…you are keen to work with us, you have the above qualities and experience of working in a busy finance team. Even if a suitable current vacancy isn’t available do get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org