Chief Financial Officer

Lewes, East Sussex.
c.£100,000 per annum

Southdown is a Sussex-based, not-for-profit organisation specialising in the provision of care, support and housing services that respond to the needs of local communities. We were established in 1972 by a group of volunteers who recognised the issues facing people with mental health issues recently resettled in Brighton and Hove from long-stay hospital institutions. They decided to work together to make a difference, ensuring that everyone had the right and opportunity to live well in the community. At Southdown, we are dedicated to supporting individuals with mental health challenges, learning disabilities, past or present homelessness, addiction issues, and sensory or physical disabilities. Now, supporting around 12,000 people a year, approximately 500 of whom are tenants, employing 750 staff, and with a turnover of c.£32m, we offer personalised support to help each person live their life to the fullest.


To act as the CEO’s strategic partner in maximising value creation and use the mastery of efficiency and productivity to help shape portfolio strategies and manage corporate governance whilst leading a multi-disciplinary finance team to ensure Southdown’s financial wellbeing and success.

The CFO is a member of the C-Suite and requires the highest level of leadership with accountability for policy development, major decisions and assets alongside significant budgetary responsibility and risk.

The role directly supports Southdown’s value chain (service delivery model) by leading a high performing, enterprise enabling service that provides strategic advice, guidance, support and oversight. The role oversees functional areas where inherent attributes of a finance function (efficiency, productivity, fiduciary) will add real value – governance, risk, contract management, procurement, portfolio management, financial management and performance monitoring.

The CFO will play a critical role in shaping the company’s future and will drive growth initiatives, exploring new opportunities for income generation and expansion
As a commercial business leader and strategic advisor to the CEO, the CFO directs Southdown’s financial strategic planning and supporting initiatives ensuring their proper and timely execution and the realisation of associated benefits. They track strategy progress through strategic KPI development, monitoring and reporting, and benefit realisation.

The CFO builds long term organisational resilience through proactive organisational risk management, ensuring risk is articulated through a commercial and financial lens.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role. And to learn more about Southdown, please click the link below.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.

Closing date
Friday 26th July 2024

Preliminary interviews
w/c Monday 5th August 2024

Final Panel interviews
w/c Monday 19th August 2024