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About Challenge Partners
Who we are: Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led education charity that enables collaboration and challenge between schools to enhance the life chances of all children, especially the most disadvantaged.
How we do it: The Challenge Partners central team works closely with school leaders and other education professionals to facilitate a variety of programmes and networks for schools in our partnership. We ensure the knowledge and skills of the best in our network are available to everyone, reducing the variability in education provision whilst improving the performance of all schools, leaders, and pupils in the partnership.
Our team: We are a small, but growing, team of around 25 people. We are dedicated to working hard for our schools whilst enjoying what we do and who we work with. You will be working in a friendly and dynamic group with backgrounds in education, the wider social enterprise and charity sector, and the corporate world. The majority of roles are school-facing, and team members work closely with leaders in our schools to generate and refine ideas and create maximum value for the network.
To ensure the smooth running of Challenge Partners’ finance and operations, reporting to the Head of Finance and Operations. Working with the Head of Finance and Operations and the Finance and Operations Assistant to ensure the finance systems and processes are up to date and accurate, in terms of both the financial data within the accounts and the administration of the finance set up within the system. The Finance and Operations officer is expected to take on other tasks commensurate with the role and contribute to cross-cutting organisational priorities with the expectation to undertake tasks outside the immediate scope of the role.
The Finance and Operations Officer has line management responsibility for the Finance and Operations Assistant and responsibility for overseeing the day to day operations of the finance and operations team.
The role of the Finance and Operations Officer is key in the delivery of accurate and timely management accounts and will have to work closely with the Head of Finance and Operations to ensure this is delivered.
The Finance and Operations Officer will manage Challenge Partners finance and operations to: ensure compliance with accounting practices and tax requirements; promote the continued improvement of financial systems and operations; and ensure timely and accurate payment of suppliers.
Using Xero accounting software, manage all day-to-day accounting and book-keeping operations including income and invoice processing.
Raising and issuing all sales invoices.
Processing and coding all purchase invoices received and staff expenses.
Reconciliation of all bank transactions as required to ensure that Xero is always up to date and accurate.
Reconciliation of all credit or debit card payments (online or in-person) to the appropriate income streams.
Preparing the necessary VAT reports.
Lining up purchase invoices for payment in line with the level of delegation.
Manage the regular banking of income (cheques and cash)
Timely and accurate monthly reconciliation of bank accounts
Manage/prepare prepayments and accruals workings monthly/quarterly for management accounts
Complete/review balance sheet reconciliations for all accounts monthly/quarterly.
Ensure maintenance of the fixed asset register and depreciation recorded appropriately
Ensuring all documentation is filed, as necessary.
Ensure direct reports have the management input, training, resources and guidance they need to undertake their roles efficiently and effectively, including maintaining our financial system (Xero) and other internal systems
Work with the Head of Finance and Operations as and when required and appropriate with other work related to the preparation of monthly management accounts, year end accounts preparation and external audit process.
Assist the Head of Finance and Operations with the annual budgeting process.
Identify and work with the Head of Finance and Operations to update financial processes and policies.
Payroll and Pension Management
Liaison with our payroll provider to ensure information is up to date and payroll is accurate.
Allocation of monthly payroll transactions to the correct cost codes.
Prepare payroll and approve journals, posting into Xero monthly
Processing of annual returns.
Liaison with our pension provider to ensure that agreed pension contributions are made
Prepare and file quarterly VAT returns, accurately and timely
Ensure Challenge Partners complies with all HMRC current and future tax regulations and maximises tax opportunities, including VAT and GiftAid
Complete all HMRC or other returns accurately and on time.
Drive continuous improvement of processes and systems to manage UK compliance and efficiency of VAT/Tax reporting
Keep up-to-date with PAYE and other relevant tax legislation.
Prepare the annual Inland Revenue return for PAYE and other returns as required.
IT Support and Office Management
Working with IT suppliers, ensure that all critical processes are documented and at least two other members of staff and senior management know and understand their contents.
Produce a new starter checklist and deliver IT induction for all new staff, filing completed checklist electronically
Produce a leavers checklist and complete tasks, filing completed checklist electronically
Liaise with IT suppliers to monitor and manage contractual agreements such as Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
Specific skills and attitudes:
Challenge Partners is a growing organisation and seeks an ambitious and driven individual able to develop with the role, and take on increasing responsibility. Specific skills and attitudes we are looking for in an applicant are as follows:
Drive for personal development and for the continued improvement of systems and operations.
Ability to manage and prioritise a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
Financial knowledge including a strong understanding of finance systems and management accounting processes
Qualified accountant or working towards your qualification
Ability to prioritise effectively to meet competing demands, through excellent organisation, time management and relationship management skills
Excellent financial skills and awareness. Experience of working with Xero would be an advantage, but is not a requirement; high levels of numeracy and close attention to detail are essential
Determination to see tasks through and to deliver consistently high-quality work to deadlines with limited supervision
Ability to form and maintain good working relationships with colleagues inside the organisation and partners outside, acting as the interface between Challenge Partners and external providers of finance and IT support
High computer literacy and adaptability, with experience of using the Google Suite an advantage. While you will not be expected to provide IT support, you will need to be comfortable working alongside our external IT support providers to ensure their service meets our needs
Experience in using Salesforce (or a similar CRM system) would be an advantage, but training will be provided
Willingness to learn and give and receive feedback
An ability to take the initiative and identify solutions or improvements, rather than being satisfied with the status quo
Flexibility and ability to thrive in uncertain conditions. We are a growing charity, where change is the norm – you will need to be comfortable with this, whilst also being able to develop and implement systems to bring order and clarity to our work
How to apply and our recruitment process
Challenge Partners is committed to further enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our team and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, gender as well as sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. Our approach is to use blind shortlisting in accordance with best practice.
If you would like to be a part of our team, then please apply via Charity Job no later than midnight on Sunday 13th February 2022, but we will review applications on a rolling basis and would encourage early applications.
A CV of no more than two pages
A statement of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the role and the person specification
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
This integral interim role is helping stabalise the team whilst they recruit the permanent position. You will be working with two other senior finance business partners to cover the support departments, operation departments and fundraising for 9-12 months.
This large and important charity is UK based, supporting those who keep the country safe. They are fantastic on culture with the team being extremely friendly and working together as a team is of paramount importance.
- deliver useful, accurate and timely monthly management reports for budget holders
- lead the review of the monthly management reports
- work in partnership with the directors and senior management teams
- support the implementation of relevant KPI's
- qualified chartered accountant (ACA, CIMA or ACCA equivalent)
- been a finance business partner or finance analyst previously
- ability to work with directors and partner with tricky characters
- 28 days holiday
- 9 or 12 month contract
- remote/hybrid working
- flexible, task orientated working
- fantastic team to work with
- offices in Manchester, Birmingham and London
We're looking for an exceptional and experienced operations manager to join our small team, delivering immersive and horizon-broadening residential projects, and follow-on support, for particularly vulnerable children. You'll lead on all the nuts, bolts, systems and processes that make our projects happen, being the first person staff turn to when a problem needs solving or a solution creating, as well as directly leading at least 7 of our residential projects a year in this exciting but challenging dual role.
You'll work right alongside the charity's founders, deputising for them at times, and playing an integral role in developing this young and vibrant charity.
You'll hold lead responsibility for the year round processes that make residential projects for vulnerable children tick. With a real eye for detail and a love of fast paced problem solving in complex situations, you'll ensure effective systems are in place around logistics, children and their data, health and safety, residential venues, food, vehicles and equipment. Increasingly, you'll take on much of the day to day 'doing' of running the organisation from the CEOs, freeing up their time to focus on development and growth.
Our offer to the right candidate:
Salary: £33,000 - £37,250 dependent on experience.
Hours: Fulltime: 37.5 hours per week. Attendance on at least 7 residential projects a year.
Leave: 46 days annually, inclusive of bank holidays and pre-set reward days. (Yes, we know how generous this is - but we ask a lot in return. See recruitment pack.)
Other benefits: 4% employer pension contribution paid on full base salary; flexible working (outside core hours); employee benefit scheme including employee health plan and reward scheme offering reduced cinema tickets, and entry to days out/attractions.
Based: Our offices near Waterloo, Lambeth, with flexibility to work from home up to 2 days a week after successful completion of probation.
To start: W/c 21st March 2022. Fixed term contract until March 2024 with strong likelihood of extension to permanence for the right candidate
What we’re looking for:
Ultimately, we’re looking for someone with a rare blend of fast paced problem solving skills, and a real eye for detail and rigour. The description is deliberately broad as we're interested in meeting interesting people, and in exploring who’s out there to help take us to the next level. But as a minimum you will need at least 4 years experience of management of systems, processes, risks and people within fast paced frontline settings supporting children or other vulnerable groups.
All children referred to Free to Be come from complex backgrounds and as a result children can display complex behaviour - we’re looking for someone who is passionate about the rights of these children, loves working with them, and is able to throw their heart and soul into making a real difference on their behalf. You’ll need experience of responding to complex behaviour in prior roles, as well as energy, vibrancy and resilience to create solutions and keep going with humour and leadership when the going gets tough.
Attendance on our residential projects, totalling at least 48 days and nights each year, is a requirement of the role - you’ll need the flexibility to make this fit, and the confidence to take on leadership roles on these projects. Our projects use natural settings, work with animals and adventurous activities to capture young people's imaginations, so a love of nature and the outdoors, an ease with camping, and a willingness to 'rough it' a little are also important. (Although you don’t need to be Bear Grylls – our projects are about introducing young people to the outdoors and helping them experience freedom and space, rather than a focus on adrenaline pumping activities.)
This role would suit you if you’re dynamic yet empathetic, detailed yet flexible, and know that working with vulnerable young people is ‘your thing’. We are also keen to encourage applications from those who can help us represent the lived experiences of our children through their own lived experience or background. If you have the experience, drive and passion needed for this role, download our recruitment pack or visit our website to apply.
About Free to Be Kids:
Free to Be is a children’s emotional health and adventure charity, delivering therapeutically structured outdoor based breaks targeted solely to particularly disadvantaged young people aged 8-15. Using nature, the outdoors, adventure and inclusion, projects are carefully designed to help the most vulnerable young people experience feeling brave, powerful, talented and successful – often for the first time in a long time. The powerful relationships with hard to reach children forged round the campfire then form the basis of longer term support throughout the year for those most in need.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
About the role:
A leading university striving to improve lives and promote success for all are currently seeking to appoint a Financial Reporting Manager with solid experience to join their Finance Team and support the wider Finance function, whilst having one direct report into them. This opportunity offers excellent benefits, opportunities for professional growth, and hybrid working with 2 days in the Central London office.
Key responsibilities include:
- Managing the production of external financial reporting, including year-end financial statements and reporting
- Reviewing the production of financial reporting, including management accounts and year-end financial statements, for the University's associate companies
- Revising the internal control environment, producing internal accounting controls pack each month and alleviating risks
- Managing, building and developing one member within the team
- Dealing with local and worldwide corporate tax liabilities, including returns and queries
- Assisting the Finance function and the Senior Finance Manager with various tasks such as handling technical accounting queries, Treasury matters, project work, ad hoc reporting and communicating with key advisers
The successful candidate:
- A qualified Accountant with at least 2+ years' experience in a similar managerial role
- Solid understanding of accounting standards, taxation and other relevant policies, regulations and legislation
- Able to manage multiple stakeholders both internally and externally
- Have experience of successfully leading projects
- An advanced Excel user, confident using data manipulation tools and building basic models/tools
- Excellent communication skills with an ability to build rapport with stakeholders at varying levels
Street Child, one of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic charities, are searching for an awesome fundraiser to lead our events and challenges space. This is an enormously demanding but epic role that sits right at the heart of the life of the charity – and is beyond vital to our supporter engagement and fundraising!
There are two critical components to the role:
Firstly, you will lead the design and delivery of in-house events that our supporters will love. These presently range from galas to sporting challenges to more intimate supporter briefing events. Highlights of the current calendar include our flagship corporate gala which in recent years has been held at the Tate and raised c£1m; the utterly unique Sierra Leone Marathon, now in its 10th year; & the Big Ride for Africa, a 2-day corporate-focussed cycle challenge.
Secondly, you will lead participant recruitment, management and fundraising maximisation across all in-house managed events and third-party challenges, such as the London Marathon and other sporting events, in the UK and globally..
We are constantly looking to innovate and add to our events calendar. A critical additional element to the role will be working with colleagues to imagine new awesome in-house events – and to search for fresh exciting third-party opportunities that will thrill our supporters and give them fantastic platforms for fundraising.
This role sits within our growing Public Fundraising team but requires close liaison with many teams, in particular corporate fundraising, who will also be driving a lot of the participation.You will task/project manage team colleagues as appropriate, as well as managing at least one junior team member, probably more.
We need someone special who brings boundless imagination, energy, and personality – obviously allied with top-drawer organisational abilities and commitment to detail. Street Child is an environment that is not afraid to trust talented, hard-working professionals with big tasks – regardless of their prior levels of experience. So whilst extensive relevant experience would be a fantastic asset, and greatly valued, it is not essential – what is essential are the qualities listed above, underpinned by a massive desire and commitment to build and deliver the very best events and challenge programme possible, resulting in fantastic fundraising and supporter engagement.
Application information can be found on the job description, otherwise to apply, please visit our website where you will find details on how to submit your CV and a compelling covering letter covering letter explaining why you think you could make an extraordinary impact in this role - ideally ASAP. We are ideally seeking to make a quick appointment so are selecting candidates for assessment and interviews on a rolling basis.
Diversity is important to us at Street Child and so we especially welcome applications from candidates with backgrounds typically under-represented in the sector and/or reflect the communities we seek to serve.
About Street Child -
Street Child believes that every child should be safe, go to school, and learn. We focus our work in the places where that is the furthest from being realised: remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Since 2008 we have helped over 650,000 children to go to school and learn Our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihood support. We partner with local organisations in everything we do.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
EFM Operations Manager (Mechanical & Electrical)
These are exciting times for the charity and there is now an outstanding opportunity for a highly professional and proactive individual to join the support teams as EFM Operations Manager (Mechanical & Electrical).
Position: EFM Operations Manager (Mechanical & Electrical)
Location: Working principally from home, flexibility will be required for on-site working in order to meet the demands of the role.
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £48,640 per annum
Contract: Permanent, starting ASAP
Benefits: Generous annual leave, pension scheme, Healthshield plan, confidential counselling service, subsidised restaurant, free parking, enhanced maternity/paternity benefits, Life Assurance Scheme, 31 day’s holiday per year, inclusive of the 8 statutory public holidays. This increases by one day each year until a maximum of 34 days is reached.
Closing Date: Sunday 13 February 2022. We reserve the right to close this vacancy before the advertised date, and would therefore encourage early applications.
As EFM Operations Manager you will work closely with the Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) Senior Management Team and will provide leadership, coordination and day to day management of activities relating to planned and responsive Estates Maintenance. You will contribute towards the development and delivery of excellent EFM services to all charity owned and managed premises.
Working at a senior level and requiring an organisation-wide, cross-functional strategic perspective on issues, challenges and opportunities, your principal duties within this varied and rewarding role will include:
- Providing leadership and line management for the Maintenance teams
- Acting as the Subject Matter Expert and responsible person for TDS Health & Safety performance standards for areas including water and electrical safety, workplace Illumination, compressed air systems & equipment, confined spaces, work equipment and alarms and detection systems
- Ensuring that EFM services are planned, organised and delivered
- Ensuring that all premises are safe and compliant and meet relevant statutory requirements
- Delivering effective, efficient, and responsive planned, programmed and responsive maintenance services, utilising both in-house teams and specialist contractors, ensuring value for money, compliance and business continuity
- Preparing budget costings for maintenance works and repairs and renewals
Possessing extensive knowledge of the building industry, contracting and health and safety requirements and holding an IOSH Managing Safely qualification the EFM Operations Manager will be an experienced, approved technician (including Inspection & Testing and current IEE 18th edition Wiring Regulations) with experience of electrical installation (single, 3-phase and domestic, IT networks, alarm systems, CCTV, etc.)
You will also have experience of effectively managing staff and contractors and of successfully planning, implementing, negotiating, managing and delivering projects and have excellent communication, negotiation, problem-solving and IT skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritise working with a number conflicting demands.
Previous experience of managing a budget and reporting on income and expenditure is desirable.
If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, we would love to hear from you. To apply, please complete the on-line application form, which should include your uploaded curriculum vitae
You can be part of an evolving program of change taking place within a leading charity working in an area of outstanding natural beauty. With amazing benefits and opportunities to develop you career, you can really make a difference in a fulfilling and rewarding role.
About the Organisation
The Sanctuary is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities, currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide, working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
“The Sanctuary is a positive place to work with friendly staff and a wonderful charity. With amazing work throughout the world, once you join you never want to leave!”
The charity is a Disability Confident Employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults) and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.
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ABOUT THE ROLE
As the Grants Manager you’ll secure, manage and develop relationships with our funders and partners. In the UK we have secured funding from public sector contracts including, for example, European Social Fund (ESF) in London and Leeds and devolved Adult Education Budget, DforE, and DCMS funding from Combined Authorities, and a wide range of corporate & foundation partnerships.
You will ensure key milestones, requirements and timelines are captured for each funder, reporting is timely and accurate and our processes and systems are compliant. This will include our large ESF contracts in London and Leeds as well as work with our leading corporate sponsors.
Management of existing funding will form the main part of the role, however you’ll also play a role in securing new partnerships, grants and funding opportunities.
Generation is a charity in the UK with the mission to train, coach, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Our work focuses on supporting people from diverse groups facing barriers to employment.Our innovative bootcamps train learners for roles in high demand including cloud computing, data engineering, software engineering, health and care, IT support, customer support, and data analytics. We also recently launched a new programme placing people into emerging roles tackling climate change in the retrofit.
By joining Generation UK&I now, you will become part of an organisation committed to social impact. The work is fast-paced, exciting, and innovative. The impact is clear.
You can download a job description for more detail about the role and the organisation.
Here are the core attributes you’ll need:
- You’re a highly organised and self motivated professional, able to manage multiple projects
- You’re detail-oriented
- You’re a people person, excelling at quickly building new, lasting relationships with funders
- You’re an effective communicator
- You’re passionate about the cause
- Managing and reporting on grants and contracts ranging from £30k - £6m, from kick-off through to completion and review
- Managing relationships with multiple funders and partners at the same time
- Identifying new funding opportunities
- Bidding for and securing large grants, partnerships and contracts
- Working in a fast-paced and fluid environment
Additionally, we think it would be beneficial to have...
- Knowledge of the education, skills and training funding landscape in the UK
- Knowledge of ESF and AEB/ILR funding contracts and processes
- Experience with the Google suite, slack, zoom or equivalent tools
- Knowledge and passion for social impact as it relates to barriers to employment
Working at Generation in the UK & I you’ll get:
- Purpose and social impact in the heart of your work
- Flexible working as per your role requirement
- Access to productive co- working space at WeWork with Generation UK & I and global team/s
- WFH set up support of £300
- Access to upto £1,000 towards your learning & development per year. And up to 5 days of training days/ study leave per year to support your development.
- Opportunity to shadow Generation global team/s & workings in other countries.
- 25 days annual leave
A FAIR CHANCE
Every role at Generation is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone; regardless of race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well, you.
You must have the right to work in the UK, and all staff members are required to pass a basic DBS check.
Please emember to inlcude your Equal Opportunities monitoring form and your answers to the application questions. We are unable to process your application without them.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world's leading provider of music exams, holding over 435,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year. As a registered charity, they also make significant donations towards music education initiatives around the world. This is an exciting time to join ABRSM. They appointed a new Chief Executive last year who has ambitious plans and they are continuing to increasingly engage with technology to reach as many people as they can in a consistent and reliable way. They are committed to actively supporting high-quality music-making, learning and development throughout the world, and to producing the best possible resources for music teachers and students.
Reporting to the Director of Finance this role is focussed on the production and effective communication of financial planning, analysis and reporting. You will manage four Management Accountants and will be committed to developing their skills and performance through delegation and supportive coaching. The role is to ensure timely and relevant information is provided to budget holders, the executive team and trustees responding to their requirements. You should be confident that you are able to improve the financial awareness of personnel across the organisation promoting business partner principles to your direct team to achieve this. Financial management and planning reports require consistent review and development and you will have an agile approach to providing a first- class service to your stakeholders.
You will be a qualified accountant and have had significant experience of leading financial management and planning in a complex organisation. You will be committed to continuous improvement, prioritise engagement with non-financial managers and be committed to insuring that your team deliver first class decision support and business partnering. An effective communicator, you will be confident setting clear objectives and provide leadership and direction which will result in your team providing an excellent service to the organisation.
This is a fabulous opportunity to manage the ongoing development of the team and to provide a meaningful contribution to the ongoing growth of this highly prestigious organisation. Apply now, or contact us for further information on this job.
Closing date 20th January. Please note that applications will be reviewed and processed prior to the closing date. Please do not wait until the aforementioned date to apply.
Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership
Management & Systems Accountant
£34,000 to £38,000
At Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation we’re working to change the lives of everyone affected by asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, ILD, mesothelioma, pulmonary fibrosis and all other lung conditions. Two years on from our merger to form the UK’s respiratory charity, we stand at an exciting point in our long history. In the new year, we’ll be launching a bold and ambitious new strategy that builds on our merger, and unleashes our potential as a single voice for people’s lung health.
As part of this exciting period of change Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation are partnering with Allen Lane to appoint a Management & Systems Accountant, this is a truly exciting time to join the organisation and add value to their already established finance team offering a new level of support.
Reporting into the Head of Finance Business Partnering this is a key role and you will be required to: provide a full suite of management accounts and be the lead on the implementation and integration of the ambitious plans to integrate the financial systems. Additionally you will be Identifying opportunities for streamlining of data and reporting and enhancing efficiencies across the department.
The ideal candidate will be a part qualified accountant (CCAB recognised qualification, such as ACA, ACCA, ICAS, CIMA, or CIPFA) with previous experience of working within a Management Accountant position. You will be working towards full qualification and the charity will provide financial support to do so. The successful candidate will additionally have strong Excel Skills and have a key interest in how systems are integrated and maintained.
This role would be a great fit for a candidate who is ambitious and willing to learn who wants a direct impact on an organisation. We are looking for someone who is flexible in approach but firm when necessary, who can work on their own initiative and thrives when thinking and acting proactively; with excellent communication and can work collaboratively with teams outside of finance such as Technology.
To apply please send your CV via the link. For an informal conversation about the role please contact our exclusive partner, Tiffany Richards
- Work closely with the Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services to develop and implement a robust financial strategy, ensuring key financial risks are identified and managed.
- Financial Operations
- Lead the team to provide relevant and valued global finance operational support to VSO, in financial accounts, controls, statutory requirements, treasury, payroll, and financial systems.
- Work with senior managers and finance staff globally to deliver regular, accurate and reliable flows of financial information as required.
- Ensure the finance team is adequately resourced and equipped with the right tools to deliver a high quality, customer focused, and pro-active service.
- Statutory Requirements, Compliance and Financial controls
- Ensure that all relevant controls are in place and in accordance with the Charity SORP
- Ensure VSO complies with statutory, funding and tax regulations, fulfilling its requirements as a charity, company, and employer across geographies
- Provide robust and effective financial policies, processes and controls and ensure compliance across VSO.
- Lead the preparation of the statutory financial statements and the annual report for VSO and its subsidiaries. Co-ordinate the completion of year end processes across finance and lead the statutory audit process.
- Drive a culture of compliance and continuous improvement in finance compliance across the organisation
- Budgeting and Management Reporting
- Lead the organisational budgeting, forecasting and reporting process providing the right framework and tools to the organisation and consolidating budgets from different parts of the organisation.
- Ensure the planning and budgeting process is efficient for Budget Holders and delivers a sustainable budget in line with parameters defined by the International Board.
- Ensure regular reporting are available and discussed with Global teams on a monthly basis and help decisions, that relevant actions are identified and acted on based on the information received; review and ensure relevant analysis is presented well for decision making.Drive improvement in reporting process and tools.
- Take responsibility for managing VSO's Treasury, maximising investment returns in compliance with VSO treasury policy and producing robust cashflow forecast and managing cash flow risks. Drive evaluation of effective cash, foreign currencies and bank account management across all VSO locations.
- Manage the Finance System team to ensure robust, reliable and accurate systems which consistently meet the needs of the finance team and VSO and deliver strong controls.
- Drive the development of existing and new finance systems to deliver efficiency, effectiveness gains and to respond to new requirements.
- Ensure continued integration of finance systems and processes across other organisational systems and digital transformation initiatives.
- Effectively lead and develop a global high performing team within the performance management framework.
- Ensure team ways of working and behaviours are in line with VSO People First values and policies and comply with legal and organisation requirements.
- Ensure team responds positively to change, delivers a consistent high-level customer-focused approach and achieves objectives.?
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Fully qualified accounting or finance professional (ACCA, ACA, or CIMA), with in depth knowledge of UK charity SORP and compliance framework.
- Experience of successfully leading a high performing finance team in a large international organisation
- Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering a financial strategy in a global organisation
- Significant practical experience of the preparation of statutory and management reporting at high level.
- Strong leadership skills to undertake a complex senior management role in a global organisation.??
- Superior analytical skills and attention to detail balanced with the ability to integrate the broader strategic picture and the help drive management decisions and action
- Ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences, particularly internal and non-technical audiences.
- Advanced IT skills, including accounting and reporting packages, proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Excel spreadsheets, word processing, power point, and electronic mail), financial technologies and Business Improvement System
- Commitment to VSO's work and values.
- Able to undertake occasional international travel.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
A large Arts organisation in North London is looking for an Assistant Management Accountant to join the team and work on all technical processes alongside the Finance Manager
A large Arts organisation in North London
- Monthly Management Accounts
- Accruals and prepayments
- Work on process improvements for reporting and analysis
- Working on projects throughout the organisation
At least Partly Qualified Accountant (CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA or equivalent)
Demonstrable experience in a similar role
Experience of financial planning and budget setting
Ability to use Macros and VBA
£30,000 - £32,000
This is an exciting opportunity for a grants manager to join Global Justice Now to help raise funds for our cutting-edge campaigns including global equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, trade and climate justice or debt cancellation. More than ever there is an increasing appetite from funders to enable campaigning for meaningful structural change. Global Justice Now has a long history of campaigning against the root causes of poverty and inequality and we are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic about our aims and can make a compelling case for support.
Fundraisers work closely with campaigners and are supported to develop a detailed level of knowledge about our core areas of work, so they can make the best approach possible. The grants manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of the trust fundraising strategy and play a leading role in managing existing and forming new relationships with trusts and foundations. The post holder will drive the process of proposal development and will form funding strategies that help ensure medium to long term funding from trusts and foundations.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Our partner works closely with global clients such as UN agencies and the European Commission – particularly those involved in international development, grant-making and grant-funded programmes
Built over 30 years, their talented, diverse and multi-lingual team, from graduates to experienced specialists, have established us as global leaders in our field, across a range of disciplines. This team applies their skills, knowledge and ambition to a variety of challenges and has a genuine passion for what they do.
The manager is at the forefront of the work of the department. Travelling internationally, meeting clients, colleagues and auditees. Leading meetings, leading audit teams, supporting junior colleagues, writing and reviewing audit reports, managing key relationships. Representing the team in person in front of multiple stakeholders. Contributing to the success of our clients and to the development of auditees, as well as your colleagues. The role of manager is both challenging and rewarding, and as well as office-based management work, offers travel experiences that very few other roles can match. In the role, depending on whether you are managing or leading fieldwork, you will:
- Prepare/review a tailored plan for all assignments based on a good understanding of the terms of reference and the applicable contractual conditions
- Lead/support opening meetings with clients and auditees and present the audit findings clearly and credibly at closing meetings
- Lead/support assignment fieldwork teams, including locally based staff, on overseas assignments, or work alone
- Demonstrate the ability to identify issues and areas of non-compliance on an assignment and write them up as findings in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report
- Ensure the high quality of our written outputs by carrying our thorough and informed report reviews
- Lead/support larger country wide teams, acting as the client focal point and taking on management tasks
- Be proactive in supporting junior colleagues with their learning and development
- Be a trusted focal point for clients and service providers, offering solutions and support to them as required
- Be able to work to tight deadlines and manage time effectively
- Be prepared to be out of the office on international assignments for up to 30% of the time*
We’re looking for someone with:
- A genuine interest in international development
- A love of international travel, preferably with experience of working or volunteering internationally
- A second language, especially French, Spanish, German, Russian or Mandarin
- A professional accountancy qualification (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent)
- An ability to communicate in a professional, constructive and respectful manner
- A proven aptitude for both team management and client support
- At least 5 years’ proven track record in audit and assurance work
* Due to the pandemic, the international travel element of the role has been significantly reduced and replaced largely by remote work. An increase in international travel opportunities is expected when the pandemic eases.
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: UK: £50,000- £54,000 per annum; Switzerland: CHF 93,000- 97,000 per annum (commensurate with experience)
Location: London or Geneva (or surrounding areas) preferred; exceptional candidates in other locations will be considered
Application closing date: 31 January 2022
Better Cotton is the world’s largest cotton sustainability programme. Our mission: to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. In challenging times, we are meeting the challenge head on. Through our network of field-level partners we have trained over 2.5 million farmers - from the smallest to the largest - in 23 countries in more sustainable farming practices. A quarter of the world’s cotton is now grown under the Better Cotton Standard. We have united the industry’s stakeholders behind our efforts, from ginners and spinners to brand owners, civil society organisations and governments. Everyone who cares about cotton and its sustainable future can now be part of something better.
The Standards & Assurance function forms a key part of the Better Cotton Standard System, which works together to drive field-level sustainability improvements. To ensure that Better Cotton farmers meet our field-level standard for sustainable cotton, we operate a unique assurance model which is designed to balance rigour, flexibility, and value. Oversight of farmer performance is conducted through various mechanisms, including self-assessment surveys, field visits carried out by Better Cotton local country teams, and 3rd-party verification visits. We also work closely with our network of more than 70 Implementing Partners to support the monitoring of field projects.
This unique model enables millions of smallholder cotton farmers to participate with Better Cotton on a cost-neutral basis, while still ensuring the credibility of Better Cotton producers and claims. It also means that Better Cotton is continually learning, innovating, and improving our assurance approach, especially as we expand to new countries and partnerships.
About this role
Better Cotton is now seeking a motivated and organised Assurance and Audit Manager to play a key role in leading the future design and implementation of the assurance model. The ideal candidate will have experience in designing assurance, audit, or certification systems, and will be a strategic thinker with a pragmatic attitude to getting things done.
In this role, you will help Better Cotton evolve our assurance model to remain fit-for-purpose as we pursue our 2030 strategy with an increasing focus on impact. This will include assessing how we might integrate remote audits into our core assurance approach (post-pandemic), re-examining our use of self-assessments, and guiding our investments in innovations such as the use of worker-voice technology and satellite monitoring approaches.
In addition, you will play a key role in delivery of the assurance programme. This includes helping to manage the headquarter assurance team (5-6 staff) plus matrix management for assurance teams in Better Cotton country programmes (e.g., China, India, Pakistan, Mozambique, Turkey, etc.). You will work directly with Better Cotton staff in your designated countries to plan and implement their assurance programme, identify local challenges and opportunities, and provide oversight of licensing decisions for Better Cotton producers.
This role reports to the Director of Standards & Assurance (S&A) and works closely with the other members of the S&A team and the Global Programmes Team across 4 continents. Dependent on COVID considerations, this role will require travel to certain countries under your remit (approximately 2-3 long-haul trips per year) as well as periodic travel within Europe or between Better Cotton headquarter offices (London and Geneva).
This exciting role offers excellent opportunities for personal and professional development, together with a competitive benefits package.
The main areas of responsibility for the Assurance and Audit Manager will include:
1. Drive future improvements and innovations in assurance programme design
- Assess current strengths and gaps in the existing Better Cotton assurance model; over time, initiate recommendations to improve the efficiency, consistency, and credibility of this model, making sure it remains fit-for-purpose and balances the needs of various stakeholders
- Proactively engage with ISEAL members, certification bodies and other related stakeholders to follow developments in the industry, learn from best practice, and apply ideas to the Better Cotton model
- Together with other members of the S&A team, initiate and lead pilot projects around new approaches to assurance, including use of worker-voice technology, landscape approaches to assurance, remote auditing, etc.
- Initiate and oversee projects to evolve Better Cotton’s online tools and databases to support more efficient assurance implementation, and make better use of data and insights
- Ensure that feedback and suggestions from Better Cotton teams in country, Implementing Partners, and third-party verifiers are captured and feed into ongoing programme improvements
- Be responsible (together with support from the team) for maintaining and updating key assurance procedures, tools, and documents
2. Ensure consistent, high-quality assurance implementation at a global level
With the support of the Assurance team, you will be responsible for making sure that assurance requirements are implemented consistently in practice, and for planning and managing the relevant resources (human, financial, technical, etc.). This will include:
Operational management of assurance team
- For the designated countries under your leadership, provide ‘matrix management’ to the Assurance Coordinators in country, who are responsible for the execution of country-level assurance plans. Provide leadership and direction, help problem-solve when required and ensure plans are credibly executed in accordance with internal protocols.
- Co-manage the Global Assurance Team (which includes about 40 staff across 10 countries) through organizing monthly calls to collect feedback and discuss challenges; introducing changes in global processes or tools, and enabling cross-country learning and collaboration.
- Provide support to designated managers who work with Better Cotton Strategic Partners (for example, in our benchmarked country projects in Brazil and Australia) in establishing appropriate and credible assurance protocols for partnership countries
Oversight of assurance data management
- Assume accountability for the timely collection, verification, and inputting of relevant assurance data, ensuring that Better Cotton’s online database holds accurate and up-to-date information.
Reviewing assessment reports and accountability for licensing decisions
- With support from the Assurance team, be accountable for final licensing decisions for Better Cotton producers. This includes reviewing assessment reports, raising comments or questions back to Better Cotton assessors or third-party verifiers, and providing final oversight on Producer licensing decisions
- Manage and facilitate appeals procedures, including membership of the designated Appeals Committee
Annual review and planning
- Oversee regular reviews of the assurance programme, including country-level feedback and periodic external programme reviews
- With support from the Director of S&A, feed into the annual planning and budgeting for assurance functions at headquarters level and support country-teams in planning/ budgeting process
3. Oversee effective capacity building and calibration
- Plan and deliver periodic training to the Global Assurance Team, third party verifiers, Implementing Partners, and other stakeholders to ensure they have the skills and competencies required to execute the Assurance Program with integrity, consistency, and credibility.
- In collaboration with the Assurance team, design and implement improved processes to monitor assessor performance, recruit and retain good assessors/ third-party verifiers over time, and improve the overall quality of auditing practices
4. Other areas of responsibility
- Work closely with other Better Cotton functions and departments (e.g., Programme teams, M&E, etc) to collaborate on cross-functional initiatives as required
- Feed into revisions and ongoing development of the Better Cotton standard (and related guidance), based on learnings from the assurance programme
- Maintain compliance with the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice, including supporting the team in periodic reviews against the code and implementing any recommended improvements
- Support fundraising proposals and donor-funded project implementation
The Assurance and Audit Manager will also be asked to work on other strategic projects and initiatives, as capacity allows.
The selected candidate will have the following skills, knowledge, and experience:
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
University degree, or equivalent higher education qualification, in a relevant field
Valuable work experience with a substantial timeframe in relevant field (standards and certification, auditing, sustainable development, etc.)
Fluent in English with very strong written and verbal communication skills
Experience of project management in an international context
Excellent understanding of what constitutes credible and scalable assurance in the context of global commodity value chains
Strong understanding of basic auditing approaches and principles
Balance of strategic thinking with attention to detail
Superior skills and aptitude to appraise arguments critically and logically, organise ideas in a clear manner, and draw conclusions and formulate arguments in way that is effective, concise, and specific
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proactive approach to finding and proposing well-balanced and thoughtful solutions
Experience in line management; including clear and concise communication, effective problem-solving, and leadership
Excellent organisational abilities – proven capacity to handle competing priorities and manage multiple projects running in parallel
Proven ability to collaborate effectively across different teams and cultures; strong relationship building skills and service-oriented attitude
Good communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, as well as the ability to assimilate and process information for wide-ranging audiences.
Proven ability to work autonomously with a high level of personal effectiveness and ability to adapt to changing priorities
Excellent computer and IT skills, including: Word; PowerPoint; Excel, Outlook (Microsoft Suite)
Academic background in rural/agricultural development and sustainability
Direct experience working with farmers or farming communities
Advanced numerical skills and experience in analysing large data sets
Experience with Sharepoint, PowerBI (Microsoft Suite), and/or Salesforce
Competency in languages most relevant to Better Cotton countries, such as Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, French, Portuguese and Turkish
Experience working on fundraising proposals and projects
This is a full time (40 hours per week) position; although part-time (i.e., 80%) positions can be considered. This is a permanent role with an initial three-month probation period.
Better Cotton supports flexible-working, and the position will likely be split between remote work and office, following government guidelines and in line with our flexible working policy.
Interested applicants with the required attributes are asked to send, in English, a detailed CV and a brief cover letter (2 pages maximum) to Better Cotton by email with subject “Application for Assurance and Audit Manager”
Application deadline: 31 January 2022
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates short-listed for a telephone interview will be contacted. Better Cotton is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to good practice and transparency in the management of natural, human, and financial resources.
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