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A Director of Finance to join our team

Director of Finance

Reporting directly to the CEO, your strategic guidance and financial expertise will drive our fiscal success, ensuring optimal resource allocation, budget management and long-term financial planning.  

As company secretary, you will play a pivotal role as guardian of corporate governance and regulatory compliance ensuring that Catalyst operates with the highest level of integrity and transparency.   

With oversight of IT advancements, you will lead the integration of technology to optimise operational efficiencies and data protection and compliance.  

As a member of the leadership team, this role will be instrumental in upholding our company values and ensuring that the impact of our vision and mission will resonate for years to come.  


Key Information

  • Contract – full time, permanent
  • Internationally attractive salary and generous total remuneration package  
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available after an initial onboarding period)  
  • Reporting to CEO   
  • Closing 24th September at 5pm.


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities

The Role

What are we looking for?

Catalyst is seeking to appoint an exceptional and experienced candidate to the position of Director of Finance. This leadership position will play a vital role in shaping the organisations financial strategy, ensuring financial stability, and driving growth. 


  • Assist in the development and implementation of Catalyst strategy.
  • Lead the development and implementation of financial strategies that align with Catalyst’s vision and mission, ensuring long-term sustainable growth.
  • Oversee the creation of Catalyst strategy formation and coordination of the quarterly review process.
  • Lead and develop a high-performing finance team to provide an efficient and effective financial service to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead the financial planning and budgeting process, providing accurate forecasts and analysis to support strategic initiatives.
  • Oversee and control the company’s annual operating budget, ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting to support strategic recommendations based on thorough analysis of financial data.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to evaluate and optimise business opportunities and drive cost efficiency initiatives.
  • Actively manage the effectiveness of the IT resources of Catalyst monitoring requirements, specifications, costs, and contractual arrangements.
  • Ensure full compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements providing appropriate levels of internal controls and adherence to best practice in corporate governance and risk management.
  • Fulfil the role of Company Secretary to all Group companies and act as Secretary to all Board Committees, ensuring compliance with all regulatory, financial, accounting and tax regulations.
  • Manage relationships with external auditors, tax advisors, and financial institutions to ensure timely completion of audits, compliance filings, and other financial obligations.
  • Stay updated on industry trends, economic developments, and regulatory changes that may impact Catalyst’s financial performance and proactively address potential risks.
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of the role.

Essential Criteria

  • Experience of developing and executing company strategy 
  • Fully qualified member of a recognised accountancy body (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, or equivalent) 
  • Proven track record of at least 10 years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles, preferably within the private sector. 
  • Extensive experience of delivering financial services to include financial planning; budgeting; producing statutory accounts & management accounts; project appraisals and costing; and procurement.  
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change and lead financial transformation initiatives. 
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to translate complex financial data into actionable insights. 
  • Excellent communication skills, with the proven ability to interpret and present financial data effectively with stakeholders at all levels. 
  • Strong leadership experience with the skills to motivate and lead change towards a common vision or goal 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organisation. 
  • Advanced Excel and IT skills, in particular detailed understanding and demonstrated experience in the use of databases, spreadsheets, and financial reporting tools 

Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

Criteria may be enhanced to aid shortlisting. Exceptional candidates who do not meet the criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience. 


More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build an inclusive innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland. The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides. We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish. 

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they are part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces. 

    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we are proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving silver status, with ambitions to progress to Gold. 

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community. 

  • Working at Catalyst

    A certified Great Place to Work®, Catalyst is one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting employers.  

    With a strong vision of Opportunity for all from world-leading innovation, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage. We are a force for good, bold in our approach with integrity at our core and passion in everything we do.  

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma Catalyst”s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team. As HR Officer... read more
Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma Catalyst”s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team.

As HR Officer, in a small and busy team, Emma is responsible for providing expert support on daily activities and key HR projects.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Emma obtained a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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