BME Housing Association Seeks Finance Manager As Economic Turbulence Builds

Unity Homes and Enterprise is recruiting a finance manager to support the Leeds-based BME housing association and its tenants through the economic challenges stemming from the cost of living crisis.

A permanent position, the successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with a sound business sense and a strong commitment to Unity’s social purpose.

Unity was formed in 1987 to meet the housing needs of BME people in Leeds.  The association now manages over 1,300 properties for tenants from all communities and ethnic backgrounds across the city and in Kirklees.

Its not-for-profit subsidiary, Unity Enterprise, promotes local entrepreneurial activity including through the provision of 142 affordable units for over 80 diverse businesses across three centres in Leeds. 

Since 2011, Unity Employment Services has assisted supported more than 1,700 individuals into work and training.

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes, and Enterprise chief executive, said:

The country is living through a particularly difficult economic period with inflation at a 40-year high and the prospect of energy prices going through the roof later this year.

Unity is acutely aware that prudent financial management is vital for success, both as an organisation and, most importantly, on behalf of the people and communities whose needs we work so hard to address. 

As CEO, I am proud that the Regulator of Social Housing has awarded us the highest possible ratings for financial viability, as well as governance.

It is critically important that we not only maintain these high levels of achievement but raise our aspirations still further.

Working closely with our fantastic resources manager Ann Marie Matson and her agile team, the new finance manager will play a pivotal role in Unity’s continued progression as one of the country’s leading housing associations.

More information about the position is available on the Unity Homes and Enterprise website.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 16 August. 

Written by: Barry White

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