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Director of Finance & Operations RABI

Join RABI as our Director of Finance & Operations and take joint responsibility for leading the organisation as the charity continues to develop its focus on empowering the worth and well-being of the farming community.

  • Location: Hybrid/Oxford
  • Salary: £81,150 with a £2,500 car allowance, plus other benefits
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June 2024

Who we are.

RABI (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) is a national charity providing one-to-one expert support, advice and guidance to the farming community across England and Wales.

Established in 1860, the commitment to address the individual needs of farming people remains at the core of RABI’s mission.

Our farming communities are facing increasingly complex challenges and pressures, and RABI has a crucial role to play now and in the future, to support the well-being of farming people.

RABI continues to work tirelessly to develop and deliver services and support that uplift and support farming people through practical, financial and emotional assistance, touching the lives of thousands of people every year.

Whether giving expert advice on benefits or providing mental health support, RABI is a beacon of hope.

About the role.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance & Operations will lead a staff team consisting of finance, information systems, human resources and facilities and estates management, supporting continued development, and assisting them with tenacity, sensitivity and compassion.

As RABI works through a period of growth and evolution, there will be challenges ahead. However, as our Director of Finance & Operations, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to develop and implement a strategy to enhance and shape our goals and ambitions.

Who we are looking for.

You will bring extensive strategic leadership and management experience, with a passion for enabling teams to thrive and develop in a high-impact, award-winning charity.

You will be financially qualified with experience in charity finance and accounting at a senior level, with an outstanding record of leading highly effective teams. We are seeking someone who has been an advisor at Trustee level on legislative, policy and regulatory change.

You will have excellent financial management including the development, improvement and management of systems and processes to increase operational effectiveness, with proven expericne of successful business planning including negotiating and managing contracts. Crucially, you will be able to engage, influence and share best practise with external partners and internal stakeholders at all levels.

RABI continues to work tirelessly to develop and deliver services and support that uplift and support farming people through practical, financial and emotional assistance, touching the lives of thousands of people every year.

We’re looking for someone truly ambitious and innovative, a strategic leader with a human-centred, collaborative approach and emotional intelligence to help you support a broad remit across organisational financial and operational effectiveness.

If you are excited by the opportunity and up to the challenge, then, we can’t wait to meet you.

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Welcome from the Chief Executive

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Finance & Operations at RABI (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).

For over 160 years, RABI has worked at the heart of the farming community, providing one-to-one expert support, advice and guidance to farming people of all ages across England and Wales. Farming people face an enormous range of challenges, including unprecedented generational changes to farming policy.

RABI believes it has a crucial role to play now and into this uncertain future to support the well-being of this vital community.

Working tirelessly to develop and deliver relevant and impactful services to support a more resilient farming community remains at the core of RABI’s mission.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance & Operations will bring extensive strategic leadership and management experience, with a passion for enabling teams to thrive and develop in a high-impact, award-winning national charity. This is a unique and exciting opportunity.

We’re looking for someone truly ambitious and innovative, a strategic leader with a human-centered, collaborative approach and emotional intelligence to help you support a broad remit across organisational financial and operational effectiveness.

You will lead a staff team consisting of finance, information systems, human resources and facilities and estates management, supporting continued development with tenacity, sensitivity and compassion.

As RABI continues to work through a period of significant growth and evolution, there will be challenges ahead. However, as our Director of Finance & Operations, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to help develop and implement a strategy to enhance and shape our goals and ambitions.

If you are excited by the opportunity of taking ownership of our Finance & Operations team and building something exceptional with people at the heart of it, then, we can’t wait to meet you.

Alicia Chivers
Chief Executive, RABI

About us

From our foundation in 1860, though to the present day, RABI has supported farming people throughout England and Wales for generations.

RABI continues to apply the guiding principles of our Royal Charter, remaining committed to addressing the individual needs of farming people.

As the charity considers the next strategic period to 2030, our aspiration to deliver holistic, flexible services that promote early intervention and increased farmer well-being continues to underpin RABI’s evolution.

In response to the mental well-being issues highlighted in RABI’s groundbreaking Big Farming Survey, the charity has developed new mental health services; to better support those in or approaching mental health crisis and to better educate those working in and around agriculture.

Following the launch of these new services in 2022, RABI has become the leading farming charity provider of mental health support and training to the agricultural community.

Financial support remains a crucial element of our offer, including targeted campaigns such as our recent Return to School and Winer Fuel cost of living campaigns.

Our 24/7 helpline ensures RABI is available around the clock. RABI’s team of regionally-based support managers coordinate the charity’s practical support and work collaboratively to form robust networks that provide comprehensive wrap-around services to farming people.

RABI continues to work tirelessly to uplift and support farming people through practical, financial and emotional assistance, touching the lives of thousands of people every year.

Whether giving expert advice on benefits or providing mental health support, RABI is a beacon of hope.

Working closely with key stakeholders, we continue to develop a targeted approach to the provision of future services to tackle the complex issues facing the sector and increase farmer resilience for years to come. At the heart of our 2019 strategy was the ambition to quadruple the number of farming people the charity can support by 2024.

Having exceeded this target in 2023, our ambition to deliver holistic, flexible services to even more farming people will continue as we consider the charity’s next 5-year strategy to 2030.

Over the next 5-years, we will build on the strong foundations achieved since 2019 which include beginning to build a cohesive evidence library, reducing the stigma associated with accessing support, developing collaborative new partnerships, and developing a social impact framework and partnership programme that focuses on pre-emptive services.

Accessibility information

Employer Accessibility Statement

At RABI, we are dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and accessible workplace environment that celebrates diversity and values the contributions of every individual. We recognize that accessibility is essential for ensuring equality of opportunity and promotion of the well-being of our employees, volunteers, and stakeholders.

We are committed to upholding the principles outlined in the Equality Act 2010 and other relevant legislation, striving to eliminate discrimination and create a supportive environment for all.

Our commitment to accessibility encompasses the following areas:

  1. Recruitment and Employment: We actively promote equality and diversity in our recruitment practices, welcoming applications from individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Reasonable adjustments will be made during the recruitment process to accommodate the needs of applicants with disabilities.
  2. Workplace Accommodations: We recognise that each individual may have unique requirements to perform their roles effectively. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and support to ensure that all employees and volunteers can fully participate in their work.
  3. Training and Awareness: We provide training and resources to our staff and volunteers to raise awareness of accessibility issues and promote inclusive practices. This includes educating team members on how to support colleagues with disabilities and create an accessible work environment.
  4. Accessible Facilities: We are dedicated to maintaining accessible facilities in our office spaces. We have and will continue to make reasonable adjustments to our physical environment to ensure that it is welcoming and accommodating to individuals with disabilities.
  5. Flexible Working Arrangements: We recognize the importance of flexibility in accommodating the diverse needs of our team members. We will explore and implement flexible working arrangements where feasible, allowing employees to balance their work commitments with personal responsibilities.
  6. Communication Accessibility: We are committed to ensuring that our communication channels and materials are accessible to everyone. This includes providing alternative formats for written materials and using digital platforms that comply with accessibility standards.
  7. Continuous Improvement: We recognise the need to regularly review and evaluate our accessibility policies and practices to identify areas for improvement and ensure compliance with relevant legislation. Feedback from our employees, volunteers, and stakeholders is essential and welcomed as part of this process.

At RABI, we believe that a culture of inclusivity and accessibility strengthens our organisation and enriches our work in the farming community.

We welcome input and suggestions from all members of our team to help us continually enhance our accessibility initiatives.


Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June 2024
    Candidates advised of outcome: By COB, Monday 10th June 2024
    First stage interviews (virtual): Monday 17th June 2024
    Final stage interviews (Oxford): Monday 1st July 2024


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