Greater London
£14,000 to £14,800 p/a actual (£35,000 to £37,000 FTE)
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

We are seeking an exceptional candidate for a pivotal role within our Senior Management Team. The post-holder will oversee all the charity’s financial operations. You will be a confident and highly organised self-starter with the ability to lead and develop a small team and work closely with the CEO, staff and trustees in managing the organisation’s finances.

To apply, please read the person specification below and write a cover letter detailing how you meet the requirements of each point.  Send us the cover letter together with your CVPlease note that applications without cover letters will not be accepted.  You can find the job description underneath the person specification.

Person Specification:

  • Significant experience at senior financial controller level
  • Proven experience in direct management and supervision of staff
  • Proven experience of budget preparation, setting and monitoring and financial forecasting
  • Proven experience of preparing and presenting financial and management accounts, reports and data
  • Experience of liaising with auditors, business advisors and board members
  • Part-qualified or qualified accountant - CIMA, ACCA, ACA, CIPFA (or equivalent) qualifications required
  • Good working knowledge of current account software systems
  • Knowledge of management systems for all accounting functions including purchase ledger, sales ledger, cash and banking and nominal ledger
  • Excellent communication; both oral and written and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven report writing skills
  • Proven ability to liaise with statutory agencies e.g. Charity Commission, Companies House and HMRC
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Team Leader with ability to motivate and inspire staff
  • Ability to prioritise responsibilities under pressure and be self-motivating
  • Excellent administration and time-management skills
  • Must be able to work one evening per month every two months
  • The 15 hours per week must include some time worked with the incumbent Finance Officer so please indicate which days you can work
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector
  • Experience of working with local authority contracts
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of carers and vulnerable adults

Job Description:


Financial management


  • To be responsible for financial control and produce regular management accounts on an accruals basis for review by the Finance and Risk Committee and the Board of Trustees              
  • To have overall responsibility for monitoring, analysing and interpreting the financial performance and stability of the organisation
  • To liaise with the CEO and SMT on all matters pertaining to financial and accounting management and liaising, where appropriate, with the organisation’s Treasurer                     
  • To oversee and review financial policies and processes of the organisation and revise accordingly
  • To manage the Finance Officer in delivery of their role and responsibilities, including reviewing the financial records, overseeing the accounts receivable and accounts payable processes, reviewing the fixed asset register and reviewing month-end calculations
  • To develop the annual budget aligned with the organisation’s strategy, including comparison to prior year, narrative on assumptions made, breakdown by month and project and anticipated out-turn
  • To prepare bi-monthly management accounts, including actuals to date on an accruals basis, narrative on variances to budget, updated forecasts and analysis by project
  • To prepare regular reports tracking actual vs. forecast project expenditure, agreeing budget allocations with internal stakeholders                    
  • To manage the cash of the organisation, including developing a cash flow forecast, managing bank accounts and developing and delivering against a reserves policy
  • To manage the audit process, including recommending the external auditor, preparing the annual accounts, liaising with the external auditors, drafting the annual report and implementing management letter recommendations
  • To carry out meetings with budget holders to monitor and review departmental and project KPIs.
  • To provide accurate financial input into fundraising requests, reports to funders, contract bid, dashboards and business cases for the Board
  • To proactively raise any financial risks to the CEO
  • To attend and present at the Finance and Risk Committee meetings – held every two months in the evening
  • To keep accurate records and scan and file hard and soft copies of all financial paperwork and to keep our accounting and financial policies and procedures up to date


  • Work with the CEO and rest of the Senior Management Team to develop and deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives, leading on the services area of the strategy
  • To assist the CEO in making key strategic decisions and preparing the annual budget and projected budgets for contract bids and project funding applications


  • To line manage, supervise and annually appraise the Finance Officer
  • Ensure that staff are inducted, trained and receive development opportunities
  • Ensure staff are conversant with relevant policies and procedures to fully undertake their role


  • To carry out any other duties as may be required by the CEO, Deputy CEO, and the Board of Trustees.
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Posted on: 05 September 2019
Closed date: 30 September 2019
Tags: Finance, Management