Head of Future Financial Strategy

Job reference:
BAS 21/101
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
£61,702 - £76,925 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Finance team
Closing date:
26 September, 2021 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. We employ a wide range of skilled science, operational and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica, on ships and aircraft, and in the Arctic. We work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. We embrace diversity and equality of opportunity, and are committed to building inclusive and diverse teams that represent all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible.

Considerable capital investment has been allocated over the next 10 years to deliver a New Polar Research Vessel, development of sustainable and efficient infrastructure and a commitment to fund future air capability. BAS is transforming relevant aspects of its operation to ensure the benefits of these investments are realised. In addition to this, the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) provides a new layer of governance, and changes to process and systems with which BAS must align, including future policy and funding processes.


The post holder is responsible for the development and implementation of medium and long term financial strategies for BAS. Through their work, they will enable the BAS leadership team to make financial and planning decisions that will support the future needs of the organisation.


Fully qualified accountant.


• Lead development and drive delivery of our future financial strategy, in support of the delivery of the overall BAS strategy, and aligning with and influencing other key strategic documentation – e.g. the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme 10 year plan, BAS annual business plans, NERC/UKRI financial plans, government Spending Reviews
• Lead and champion best practice in financial planning, horizon scanning and strategic planning and monitoring
• Build strong relationships and networks across BAS, and with NERC/UKRI, to facilitate the development and implementation of strategy, plans and priorities and to identify shared opportunities
• Develop strategic financial analysis to identify some of BAS's key challenges and provide modelling and monitoring plans for initiatives, including different funding models, to support future financial sustainability.
• Ensure that appropriate structures and processes are in place to support the integration of the financial governance processes of BAS’s major infrastructure projects into the main BAS governance framework

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/101
Publication date: 6 August 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 26 September 2021

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Ability to communicate complex analysis in a simple and understandable way, both written and orally - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Standard MS suite, plus accounting packages - Essential

Decision Making

  • Makes firm and well-considered decisions about areas within delegated limits - Essential
  • Excellent facilitation and negotiation skills and experience of consensus building to lead an organisation to take difficult decisions well - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build and maintain strong partnerships and working relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels; and able to intelligently navigate complex stakeholder landscapes - Essential
  • Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills - Essential
  • Tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty, plus resilience, flexibility and ability to adapt to change - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to provide leadership to staff at all levels, including professionals/specialists - Essential

Numerical ability

  • High numerical ability as demonstrated by qualified accountant status - Essential

Other Factors

  • Understanding of the research and innovation sector, including UK research aims, research funding policy and quality assessment systems - Desirable [4]


  • Fully qualified accountant. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Fully qualified accountant with experience in leading and driving forward strategic decisions within a complex environment. - Essential
  • A track record in developing strategy in a large, complex environment, including the ability to engage colleagues and teams with the importance of planning and priority setting - Essential
  • Ability to see the bigger picture, ensuring that plans and activities take account of the wider landscape and range of stakeholder perspectives - Essential
  • Experience in supporting the financial governance of complex organisations and experience of providing governance advice to Board members, or equivalent - Essential
  • Ability to translate innovative and strategic thinking into clear outcome-focused objectives and plans - Essential

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