Finance director opportunity with






Welcome to Mercy Ships,

18 million people die every year because of lack of access to surgery. This single fact explains exactly why Mercy Ships exists. In 2020 Mercy Ships is set to redouble our efforts with the launch of a brand new hospital ship, carrying out more surgeries and training more medics across West Africa than ever before. Having secured a UK Aid Match Grant for the first time to support our work in Senegal, expanded our UK operations and continuing to look to an expansive future, joining Mercy Ships couldn’t more exciting.

Our current Finance Director has recently been promoted to the role of Deputy Executive Director overseeing our marketing, communications and supporter facing teams. Therefore we now seek a highly experienced Finance Director to continue to develop our financial infrastructure. Having grown from c£4M in 2016 to over £7M turnover in 2019, Mercy Ships UKs growth into statutory funding requires a candidate who can continue to upskill our team and develop our systems.

Answering to the Executive Director, sitting on the leadership team, leading the Finance, Audit and Risk committee and working closely with the International arm of Mercy Ships in the USA, the opportunity has excellent room for growth and development opportunities. Mercy Ships has a culture of fast paced, high performing team players who engage socially as well as in the office. Inspired by the heroes of our story - the patients – we believe in achieving the best at every opportunity. A highly flexible team, Mercy Ships offers excellent working arrangements, secondment opportunities and opportunities to be part of additional projects.

If you are a candidate who thinks your financial leaderships skills can help to transform the lives of thousands then we’d love to meet you.

Good luck in your application

Lea Milligan
Executive Director


About Us


About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is a faith-based charity, bringing safe surgery to people in Africa who have no access to healthcare or money to pay for it. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has visited more than 56 developing nations. Passionate to serve those in need and to leave a lasting impact for the future of those we serve. Our volunteer crew represent our organisation onboard through excellence and diligence. 16 Mercy Ships offices around the world work on fundraising, recruitment and public relations.

Mercy Ships UK

The UK provides over 100 specialist volunteers to crew the hospital ship, Africa Mercy and provides financial resources for surgeries, healthcare, education and local partnership – bringing immediate relief to thousands of individuals and leaving a sustainable legacy of hope and healing in every nation we visit.


Mercy Ships was founded on radical compassion. By his actions, Jesus inspired us to imitate God’s heart for those marginalised by poverty and disease. Mercy Ships is a diverse community made of people from all walks of life, practically demonstrating love that makes a lasting impact.


• Over 2.7 million lives have been transformed by our work since 1978.

• We have completed more than 1100 community development projects including the reconstruction of schools, clinics, orphanages, water wells and agriculture programmes. Providing local training and infrastructures to enable and sustain their future success.

• Trained more than 43,370 local healthcare professionals (including surgeons) who have in turn trained many others, over 239,000 local people, in basic healthcare.

• Our hospital ship proudly boasts a purpose-built hospital including five state-of-the-art operating theatres, intensive care for up to five individuals and 80 ward beds.

• We have provided care in over 56 of the world’s poorest developing nations.




The Opportunity


Role: Finance Director

Salary: Up to £65,000 plus excellent benefits package

Location: Stevenage



Hays Senior Finance is proud to be working in partnership with Mercy Ships who have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Director to join their executive team in Stevenage.

Mercy Ships is a faith-based charity, bringing safe surgery to people in Africa who have no access to healthcare or money to pay for it. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has visited more than 56 developing nations. Passionate to serve those in need and to leave a lasting impact for the future of those they serve.

With its financial base in the UK as well as their main international office in Texas USA, Mercy Ships drives business development and growth to more than 56 developing nations. Mercy Ships has transformed more than 2.7 million lives since 1978 and have completed more than 1100 community development projects.

The Finance Director is a key and pivotal appointment where you will be based at their offices in Stevenage and have the opportunity to travel to Texas USA to develop key relationships with finance teams and the executive board.

You will report to the Executive Director and be responsible for overseeing all day to day financial controls, processes and financial compliance. Lead and manage the operations team and manage all financial and other admin duties for the charity. Provide strategic leadership to the CEO and Trustees producing board and management level financial and KPI reporting and work with the Treasurer to run the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Proven knowledge and experience of commercially driving a business forward is essential. You will also have a high attention to detail and excellent analytical skills, be able to understand processes, work flows and have excellent report writing and communication skills. You will have strong skills in strategic planning, monitoring and reporting on the delivery of plans and projects and experience in UK government contracts and funds and statutory accounts.

The successful candidate will be a finance professional and a qualified accountant and have at least 3-5 years’ experience working in a similar role as a Finance Director. You will be commercially aware and have the gravitas to win the respect and confidence of colleagues across the organisation. Above all you will have a strong degree of commercial acumen, with the ability to influence high level stakeholders and create insightful financial information that will drive business performance.

This is an exciting time to join Mercy Ships and if you feel you have the experience, drive and the passion to help them to achieve their mission and vision, then they can offer you a role that is hugely satisfying and brings great benefits in an inspiring and supportive working environment.

In return Mercy Ships are offering a highly competitive salary and a generous benefits package including incredible flexible working options.

All third party & direct applicants will be sent directly to Rohit Jain at Hays Senior Finance to be screened as part of the recruitment process.

Mercy Ships is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


• Competitive salary

• 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, increasing + 1 day with each year of service, up to 30 days annual leave

• Christmas shutdown

• Up to 7% Employer pension contribution

• Eye care

• Travel and training loans

• Free parking onsite

• Childcare vouchers

• Flexible work approach

Recruitment Timetable

• Closing date for all applications: Sunday 16th February

• Interviews will take place on: Thursday 27th February (times tbc)

For an informal conversation about Mercy Ships and the role please contact Rohit Jain on T: 01923 205286 or email


How To Apply


How To Apply

We want to make the process of applying for this role as straight forward as possible.

To this end, we ask that your application consists of the following:

• A covering letter, no more than 1 page in length which addresses and provides evidence against the criteria, set out in the Person Specification. The covering letter provides you with the opportunity to explain your motivation for applying, as well as highlighting how your experience and achievements fit with the requirements of the role. As such, it is an important part of the application process.

• A copy of your most recent and up to date curriculum vitae.

Once you have completed your CV and covering letter, please upload them by clicking on the Apply button.





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