Head of Finance and Administration

ECCO Think Tank Head of Finance and Administration
Location Milan and Rome, Italy
Application deadline 31 July 2024
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Gross annual salary from € 58,000 and depending on experience
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About ECCO

ECCO is a not-for-profit foundation, founded in 2021 as an independent think tank. ECCO is independent form private interests and is supported exclusively by philanthropic and public resources. ECCO works for the common good to accelerate climate action in Italy, Europe, and the world. ECCO employs a team of world-class experts to develop research, analysis and transformative solutions based on fact and science, aimed at facilitating the adoption of transformative climate policies, solutions and strategies, creating new thought leadership, people, narratives useful to face the most complex and decisive challenge: that of climate change.


About the role

ECCO is seeking a senior expert with at least 5 years of professional experience in equivalent positions to lead and coordinate the financial and administrative unit of the organisation.


Key roles and responsibilities

The ideal candidate will:

  • Contribute to the definition of the organisational set-up of the financial and administrative unit.
  • Direct and control accounting processes, bank reconciliations, cash flow management, taxes.
  • Manage the budgeting processes and the drawing up and closing of the budget in a way that complies with the tax and accounting obligations laid down by Italian law.
  • Identify and implement digital processes and tools for management control.
  • Direct and coordinate the preparation and processing of economic and financial reports in order to provide accurate data and analysis for decision-making in a timely manner.
  • Support and facilitate the work carried out by external auditors by providing all the necessary documentation and information to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations.
  • Analyse and supervise the drafting of contracts with third parties (contracting of services, supplies, etc.), with financiers and with employees in order to ensure adequate control of expenditure and in compliance with internal procedures and current legislation.
  • Coordinate and supervise the development of activities relating to administrative processes and staff management, ensuring the compliance with labour, social security and tax obligations.
  • Periodically analyse financial results, identify any associated risks and propose the necessary actions and measures to ensure that the organisation remains aligned with its objectives.
  • Organise and maintain a healthy flow of communication within the organisation and regularly coordinate with the Senior Management Team to offer support in monitoring fundraising performance.


Experience and skills

Job Requirements

  • Ability to analyse and process quantitative data accurately.
  • Management of accounting and financial data.
  • Strategic vision of budget utilization
  • Ability to design administration with respect to the organisation’s objectives.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework relating to the sectors in which ECCO operates.
  • Management capacity of a team of at least 5 people.
  • Relational and communication skills for the translation of complex information.

Profile and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or higher
  • Professional experience of at least 5 years in a position of responsibility in finance and administration.
  • Experience in financial management of projects in the no-profit sector
  • Excellent knowledge of IT tools and innovative digital solutions.
  • Proficiency in Italian. The working language in ECCO is Italian.
  • Professional knowledge and use of English. Other languages are an advantage.
  • Personal motivation, intellectual curiosity, positivity and flexibility to achieve results and enthusiasm for the urgency of accelerating climate action.