Finance and Governance Officer


The RNRU seeks to appoint a full-time Finance and Governance Officer with strong financial, HR, administrative and communication skills. The post is full-time (37 hours per week) with an annual salary of £30K and the post holder will be enrolled on a work place pension in line with current legislation. The post is based in Portsmouth (HMS TEMERAIRE) and there is the expectation of travel, albeit on an infrequent basis.

As the Finance and Governance Officer for the RNRU and its subsidiary Trading Company, Navy Rugby Limited (NRL) you will play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the charity. Working closely with other staff, Executive Committee members and our partners you will ensure the effective and efficient day-to-day running of the organisation. You will be expected to foster a working environment which encourages team work, energy and creativity. To achieve this you will possess strong leadership and excellent problem-solving skills combined with an ability to think on your feet. The successful candidate will work closely with the RNRU Executive Committee and our partners, particularly Sapphire Seven (for marketing and communications) and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) (for finance), to ensure the continuous delivery of the RNRU output as well as day-to-day oversight of the financial administration and the organisation’s policies and practices.

The incumbent’s main responsibilities are:

  • Support the Treasurer in the preparation of the annual budget, act within agreed authority to authorise financial expenditure and maintain an accurate record of actual and planned expenditure for all budget holders;
  • Act as the RNRU focal point, and manage, the financial services contract with the RNRMC;
  • Oversee the RNRU contracts and provide advice to the Executive Committee and Trustee Board on performance and renewals;
  • Administer the organisations HR processes, including recruiting, induction training, appraisals and disciplinary procedures;
  • Own the organisations Data Protection policies and processes;
  • Oversee the calling and servicing of the Trustee Board, IFAC Committee & Executive Committee meetings and member Clubs Annual General Meeting;
  • Maintain all statutory books and records, including registers of members, directors/trustees and secretaries of the RNRU and NRL and administer the statutory and legal submission of documentation to the Charity Commission and Companies House;
  • To deputise for the Director of Operations as required;
  • Act as Line Manager to the Assistant Secretary.

The person:

  • Experience of the Armed Forces and financial administration and performance management or an organisation of similar size;
  • Knowledge of SAGE and Concur financial systems;
  • Proven line management skills and the ability to conduct HR oversight;
  • Commitment to the RNRU’s mission and values and a genuine interest in Rugby Union;
  • Organised, with excellent attention to detail and an ability to work to multiple deadlines; 
  • Personal integrity and resilience, demonstrable independence and other attitudes consistent with the expectations of a high profile role.

The RNRU, as well as being a part of the Royal Navy, is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and a registered charity. It is, therefore, charged with the management, administration and development of the game of Rugby Union within the RN, in accordance with Service regulations and traditions, as well as in compliance with the requirements of the RFU and regulatory framework for charities.

Our Vision is: To be fun, relevant and successful, inspiring players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators to enjoy rugby at all levels from mess deck to international, wherever the RN goes, reflecting all that is best in the Service.

The selection process

  • Closing date for applications is Friday 9 March 2018.
  • Applications should be emailed ( to the Secretary, RNRU.
  • Applications should include sufficient detail to explain an individual’s suitability for the role (CVs and covering letters are encouraged).
  • Written applications will be considered by a panel chaired by the RNRU Chairman, Brigadier EA Murchison DSO MBE. Candidates may be invited to interview to constitute a second round of the selection process if deemed appropriate by the panel.
  • It is intended to make an appointment not later than Thursday 29 March 2018.