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Director of Finance (3 year contract)

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


We Include. You Belong.

Our Belonging and Inclusion Strategy aims for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

Would you like to work for a large charity? An investment fund? A pension scheme? A housing association? All of the above? This role could be for you!

The National Church Institutions (NCIs) are national administrative bodies that work together to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England. Their activities are hugely varied, ranging from management of a multi-billion-pound investment fund, to one of the biggest grant-giving charities in the country, a housing service for retired clergy and the administration of three multi-employer pension schemes.

Post Introduction

The Director of Finance leads the highly skilled Finance team which is a shared services function working across the NCIs to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective finance service to each organisation, and helping to co-ordinate joint projects where appropriate. The team also provides support to, and promotes best practice across the wider Church in relation to financial matters, including monitoring the financial health of Dioceses, Cathedrals, Theological Education Institutions etc.

The Finance team is currently supporting their NCI clients with some major change and transformation projects, as well as undergoing significant changes to their own ways of working to ensure they can deliver a high-quality Finance service which meets the needs of the NCIs. This includes undertaking a Finance Transformation Programme (being led by the incumbent postholder) to help Finance develop their service and supporting the Church of England Governance Programme which will reshape the National Church Institutions themselves.

For further details and to apply, please visit Director of Finance - Prospectus (

Please do not apply using the link below.

Should you have any additional queries after reading the appointment brief, please contact Anna Gardet or Hayley Sheldon with a copy of your CV:

Closing date: CVs will be assessed on an ongoing basis, up until final date of Wednesday 6th December 2023

Panel interviews with NCI: w/c 11th December 2023

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and other under-represented groups.

We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

Role Responsibility

The Role

The Finance Director will lead and manage the current varied portfolio of activity across the NCIs, ensuring that all core business-as-usual functions continue to deliver during this time of significant change. The FD will also support a range of other projects and initiatives in response to NCI needs.

We are seeking an experienced Finance Director to lead and manage the fascinating, varied and stretching portfolio of activity across the NCIs, ensuring that all core business-as-usual functions continue to deliver during a time of significant change. You will also be keen to work collaboratively with the Director of Finance Transformation to support the Finance team on this important change journey.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be:

  • A qualified, strategic finance director with experience of leading a large finance division, providing services to diverse entities.
  • An inspiring leader, passionate about delivering best practice and growing a high performing team.
  • A true collaborator, able to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • You will also have highly developed analytical skills. 

The NCIs are complex and unusual, covering a wide range of business activities and financial circumstances. To succeed in this key role you will need the intellectual gravitas to work across the full breadth of activities, the stamina and resilience to service a demanding governance cycle and the flexibility to respond to the unexpected.

About Us

In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.  

Find out more about working for the National Church Institutions at Careers | The Church of England

NCI values

  • We strive for excellence 
  • We collaborate 
  • We act with integrity 
  • We show compassion 
  • We respect others 

We believe our commitment to belonging and inclusion fuels our progress and drives us forward.  The NCIs are a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We welcome applications from people of all faiths and of no faith. We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people who share our values.  Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. 

If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to

As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.  

  • We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families. 

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