About Guide Dogs UK
Guide Dogs is celebrating 90 years of helping people with sight loss live the life they choose. Along with our iconic Guide Dog service, we also support people to live the life they choose through our Guideline information services, our training activities for adults and children to improve independence, and services that enhance life, such as My Sighted Guide for adults and fun family events for children.
COVID has created several challenges in 2020 and 2021. The Guide Dogs services have been severely disrupted, as we were forced to close the puppy breeding programme and place face-to-face activities on hold.
Our donors have continued to support our important work, and we are now in the position to ramp up our activities rapidly to catch back and expand services. To do this, we are recommencing puppy breeding, improving the number of technical staff by developing our own in-house training programme Guide Dog Academy, and expanding our reach leveraging digital services and focusing on quantifying the impact our services provide to visually impaired individuals and their families.
The Finance Team at Guide Dogs
The finance team at Guide Dogs is a team of thirty, providing end to end financial support.
All financial activities are undertaken in house, covering strategic, operational and transactional finance support. In addition, as Guide Dogs ramps up activities post COVID, we will be supporting several new initiatives.
Hence finance is well placed to provide interesting and challenging development opportunities supporting the business through this period of rapid change.
The opportunities available to you at Guide Dogs with Marks Sattin
We are delighted to be partnering with Guide Dogs UK in Reading on a number of exciting roles in their finance department.
Your career at Guide Dogs
We wouldn’t be able to change lives without our employees. That’s why it’s important for us to create a working environment that looks after our wellbeing, so we can all achieve our full potential for the benefit of themselves, as well as Guide Dogs. We offer a wide range of benefits for our staff, some of which can be tailored to suit your individual needs. These include:
- A 35-hour working week
- 26 days holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after three years of employment)
- We will match your pension contributions plus 2% up to a maximum of a 9% employer contribution.
- Life assurance
- Flexible benefits (we give you an amount equivalent to 3% of your salary to purchase benefits from a suite of wellbeing products, such as health care services, gym memberships, insurances or the ability to buy and sell a holiday).
- Discounts and cash-back scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Occupational sick pay
- Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay.
- Eye care vouchers
- Hearing tests
- Dog-friendly offices
We’re proud to be experts in supporting people with sight loss, but we know we must always keep developing and learning. We offer a positive learning culture and provide opportunities where you can continue to grow and learn in your role at Guide Dogs. We encourage you to actively engage in learning to develop and maintain your knowledge, skills and professional expertise.