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Staff.jpgThe Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We've been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With over 10,500 members and 25 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, regional and special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.

It's an organisation where you can grow and develop and is also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. 
We’ll soon be moving into our bright, modern offices located in a vibrant part of London and a 20-minute walk from King's Cross St Pancras station.
We offer our staff attractive benefits, including:
  • Generous annual leave 
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Life insurance
  • Private healthcare options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Smart working practices
  • Development opportunities

Join us to make a positive difference for writers and illustrators.

Current vacancies

Head of Finance

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Job type: Permanent, full time (34.5 hours) Flexible working options available

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Remuneration: £45-50,000 pa depending on experience, plus benefits

*Fantastic opportunity to assist with the operational and strategic direction of this growing membership organisation*

The SoA is looking for a Head of Finance to deliver the finance function and provide operational and strategic support to the CEO and the business. An exciting opportunity to join this growing trade union as it moves into new premises and to assist in the creation of a new 5-year strategy and financial plan. 

The role

Finance-(2).jpgReporting to the CEO, the Head of Finance is responsible for delivering all aspects of the finance function across the organisation and to the ancillary charities and estates, as well as providing advice, training and support to the operational teams, senior management and the Management Committee.

The Head of Finance will assist the CEO on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding.

The successful candidate will lead on the digitisation of all accounting procedures and ensure the finance function runs smoothly throughout this implementation. The Head of Finance will work closely with the membership services team to provide excellent and seamless services.

This role would suit an experienced financial controller who will enjoy the challenge of developing the finance function. The successful candidate will be a confident and effective communicator with exceptional influencing skills and a proactive, hands-on approach.

Proven experience of providing comprehensive day-to-day financial management, budgeting and reporting is key, as well as the ability to see the bigger picture and drive change through system and process improvements.

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A qualified accountant or experienced and ambitious bookkeeper with up-to-date knowledge of:

  • All accounting and compliance requirements;
  • Tax and charities law, including a good understanding of partially exempt VAT status;
  • Digitisation of VAT returns and other processes; 
  • Modern office software, particularly Microsoft Office Suite, Sage software and confident in the use of databases;
  • The not-for-profit sector and charity law;
  • Leading a finance function comprehensively.

The ideal candidate will be skilled at:

  • Creating and assessing financial statements and budgeting documents;
  • Communicating effectively in written and verbal form;
  • Recognising and being responsive to the needs of those interacting with the SoA: members, staff, those commissioned to work with the SoA and funding organisations;
  • Fostering and cultivating business opportunities and partnerships.

Experience working for a membership organisation, trade union or charitable organisation is highly desirable.

For further information about this role please contact Anna Ganley at  To apply, email your CV, supporting statement and current remuneration by 31 January 2019.

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The SoA is committed to championing equality, inclusivity and diversity. We encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds and from under-represented backgrounds. 

The Book Trade Charity can offer financial help to applicants (particularly those under the age of 30) looking for jobs in the book trade, including help with interview costs, affordable housing and accommodation. Find out more