Head of Finance and Operations

CLOSING DATE: 18 May 2023


SALARY: £60,000 – £65,000 per annum based on experience

APPLY VIA: https://hr.breathehr.com/v/head-of-finance-and-operations-29412

FULL CANDIDATE BRIEF AND JOB DESCRIPTION:  Download the Candidate Brief and Job Description here


GB Snowsport (GBS) is the National Governing Body for Snowsport within the United Kingdom; it is responsible for the representation and management of any British Snowsport athletes who wishes to compete in International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) sanctioned or Olympic events. This includes all Olympic and Paralympic snowsport disciplines together with Speed Skiing and Telemark.

GBS has evolved its Governance and Structure with a primary focus within the organisation of improving athlete performance across all the twelve different disciplines within skiing and snowboarding. We are now looking for a new Head of Finance and Operations to join the Senior Leadership Team. The successful candidate for the role will need to operate at both a strategic level, focusing on financial and business planning, commercial/ funding modelling and governance and be comfortable with the ‘hands on’ nature of working in a small team where they will need to personally undertake work, preparing and monitoring budgets, managing payroll and benefits etc.

This is an exciting time to join GBS as this season has been the most successful ever for the athletes and we now look to build on those successes. GBS is responsible for 52% of all the medals awarded at a Winter Olympic Games and 95% of medals at the Winter Paralympics, and the opportunity to significantly improve the profile of winter sports in the UK comes with this role.


The purpose of the role is to ensure:

  • Strong finance planning and budgets are in place together with clear business intelligence including the delivery of timely and user-friendly management information.
  • Commercial/ funding modelling in place and commercial agreements are monitored and reported on both financially and in terms of impact.
  • Robust management of funds and cashflow together with accounts payable/ receivable.
  • Effective management of the finance team and finance processes including payroll.
  • A comprehensive governance and control environment is in place, including Board/ Committee management and risk management.
  • Effective management of contracts.
  • That an effective programme management and operational plan structure is in place.
  • Effective management of a range of business operations including Facilities, IT, Legal, Business Systems, operational HR, Information including GDPR etc.

Person Specification and Key Attributes


  • A fully qualified accountant.
  • Knowledge of the UK regulatory and accounting frameworks.
  • Sound understanding of strategic financial planning, budgeting and reporting.
  • Commercial acumen and expertise.


  • Experience of managing a finance team.
  • Experience of working with the CEO/ Board with strategic financial planning, budgeting etc.
  • Experience of managing complex projects with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing other business operations functions e.g., IT, HR, Information.
  • Experience of working in a Governing Body of Sport (desirable).


  • Excellent planning & analysis skills.
  • Excellent decision-making skills.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, emails, Financial Systems).
  • Resilient, results-focussed.

GBS will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, or political beliefs – or any other grounds likely to cause offence.


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