Sour Lemons seeks Finance and Operations Lead

Closing Date: 11 November 2019

Sour Lemons

Location: Somerset House, London

Remuneration: £35k pro rata


An image of the Sour Lemons logo. The text 'Sour Lemons' with a stylised lemon wedge on the left of it.

Sour Lemons addresses the lack of diverse leadership in the creative, cultural and social sectors. At
the heart of Sour Lemons is the belief that any disadvantage in life can become an advantage. In
other words, any sour lemon can become lemonade.

Making LEMONADE is our flagship creative leadership programme which levels the playing field for
young leaders aged 18-25 who have experienced a ‘sour lemon’ or two in life. Our effective model
equips them with the skills, networks and experiences needed to develop creative career
paths and smash down barriers that have previously held them back. We believe that lived
experience is key to authentic leadership, so we support our young leaders to use their diversity to
create more inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive.

About The Role

We’re looking for someone who is excited by (and highly skilled in) finance, commercial
management, processes, people, culture and compliance. Basically all the things that will build our
infrastructure and set us up to succeed in the way we do business.

This is the HOW person:

“ok, we’ve got a big vision, we’ve got funding to make it happen; HOW are we going to not only
deliver what we need to, but create a future where Sour Lemons is sustainably bringing about

We recognise the importance of having a senior member of staff who has ‘got the charities back’.
The Operations and Finance lead is a crucial role and the third position we’ve created. We need
someone to lead on the business operations of Sour Lemons which will support the Founder and
Chief Executive to focus on creating the next part of our strategy and generating the income to go
with that.

You will work across all areas of the charity to ensure that we are not only compliant but leading
with best practices. This will involve collaborating with our Board of Trustees, Project Delivery
Team, Partners, Funders and Alumni. The role will involve strengthening the existing foundations,
whilst leading the development of new layers as we grow.
You will lead on all areas of financial management and embedding efficient internal processes to
enhance our capacity to deliver without getting bogged down in unnecessary systems, keeping us

The right candidate will be able to flip between digging down deep into the detail, to high-level
imaginative problem solving that allows us to stay nimble in a challenging context. You will have
varied experience of all aspects involved in running a small organisation and the knowhow to
confidently lead in areas of finance, HR, governance, contracts and policies (including diversity and

For more information, full job description and how to apply please go to our website.