Director of Finance required

About Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge Trust (Gates Cambridge) is Cambridge University's most prestigious scholarship programme. Founded in 2000 with a generous gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the programme provides full-cost scholarships to outstanding graduate students from across the world. There are currently 220 Scholars in residence in Cambridge and a community of more than 1,000 alumni across the globe. 

About the role

The Trustees of Gates Cambridge now wish to appoint a Director of Finance to manage the finance and investment functions of the Trust. The Gates Cambridge endowment currently stands at £240m and expenditure on scholarships is around £8.0m annually. The post holder is an Officer of the Trust and reports to the Provost on all operational matters and to the Trustees, via the Honorary Treasurer, on financial governance issues. 

The post will be part-time, requiring a commitment of around 60% of full-time, though some flexibility will be needed to meet seasonal workload requirements. The salary will be around £62,000 p.a. pro rata. The successful candidate will be eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The post is based in central Cambridge.

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About the applicant

Applicants should be graduates, with a recognised accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) and with significant experience of working in a senior financial position, ideally in the higher education or charity sectors. A working knowledge of PS Financials would be an advantage, and experience with similar packages, combined with the ability to learn quickly, is essential; familiarity with Oracle Financials would be also be helpful.

How to apply

Applicants must complete the form below and upload a current CV and cover letter (using the naming format 'First name Last name CV' and 'First name Last name cover letter) by midday on Wednesday 27 September 2017.


Interviews will be held on the morning of Monday 9 October 2017.

More information

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