London Irish - Job Specification

Job Title:                             Head of Finance

Company:                           London Irish RFC

Reporting to:                     Executive Chairman

Role:     To maintain and enhance effective financial control processes to aid strategic planning, guide decision making, establish annual budgets and ensure cost controls. This is a senior management position in the Club.    

Key Accountabilities:

  • Control and deliver annual budget and budget report preparation for all group companies.
  • Completion of monthly management accounts for all group companies.
  • Completion of balance sheet report for all group companies.
  • Completion of cash flow projections for all group companies.
  • Completion of board pack and submission to Executive Chairman to include consolidation of the above three items.
  • Involvement in quarterly re-forecast meetings and updating management accounts as necessary.
  • Preparation of year end schedules for auditors as necessary.
  • Liaising with auditors over year end accounts and assisting them during annual audit in office.
  • Provide financial information, modelling and analysis to inform strategic decision-making.
  • Ensure completion of monthly payroll for all group employees to include inputting new employees, payroll changes, BACS run, payslips & P45's.
  • Ensure completion of monthly payroll returns to HM Customs & Revenue for all group employees.
  • Ensure completion of payroll year end returns for group and dealing with queries.
  • Ensure completion of P11D's and dealing with queries.
  • Ensure preparation and submission of monthly payroll contributions, posting onto nominal ledger and dealing with queries.
  • Facilitate preparation of monthly commission schedules.
  • Monthly review of salary cap and playing payroll forecasts and meetings with Head of Rugby Operations as necessary.
  • Preparation of annual salary cap returns after meetings with Head of Rugby Operations.
  • Dealing with both sets of auditors on salary capping, annual returns and both annual audits in office.
  • Monthly balance sheet reconciliations as part of monthly management accounts work.
  • Preparing and submitting group's quarterly VAT returns.
  • Preparation and submission of quarterly RFU academy expenditure reports.
  • Regular updating of balance sheet event reconciliations and reconciliation to departmental figures.
  • Dealing with queries from bank.
  • Maintenance of bank software and daily printing off of bank statements.
  • Assisting with office & IT system management.
  • Occasional duties on a matchday.


Skills and Knowledge

  • Must be professionally qualified to high level with relevant experience.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of managing staff and budgets.
  • Leads by example and work collaboratively to grow and nurture direct reports.
  • Interested in rugby.
  • Present a highly professional image when representing the Club.
  • Stamina and flexibility to cope with unsociable hours. 
  • Good IT skills and be competent in the use of Microsoft Office applications - Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Outstanding organisation and influencing skills. 


  • Willingness to take ownership of projects.
  • Clearly accountable.
  • Energetic and driven.
  • Good communicator.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Well respected and experienced leader.
  • Personally champions the club’s values in all interactions with others.


  • Customer Focus - Commits to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind; values importance of providing high-quality customer service
  • Interpersonal sensitivity - Interacts with others in a sensitive and effective way. Respects and works well with others.
  • Leadership - Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can assess each person’s strengths and use them to get the best out of him/her; promotes confidence and optimistic attitude; is someone people like working for and with; inspires and motivates others; influences others to follow a common goal
  • Dealing with Ambiguity/Change - Maintains performance with changing circumstances; handles stress; able to move into action without having the total picture; tolerates uncertainty
  • Quality orientation - Shows awareness of goals and standards. Follows through to ensure that quality and productivity standards are met.
  • Teamwork - Responds and relates well to people in all positions; is seen as a team player, and is cooperative; looks for common ground, and solves problems for the good of all
  • Results orientation - Focuses on desired results and sets and achieves challenging goals.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send the following: Letter of application highlighting relevant experience; up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and details of current remuneration,  via email to Jackie Roy.

Email: [email protected] (please include job title in the subject matter of the email)

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2015                              

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