Vauxhall, Greater London
£45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About the Countryside Alliance

The Countryside Alliance is a national political campaigning not-for-profit organisation, well known for our high-profile campaigning work on rural issues.  Anything but a single-issue organisation, we publicise the economic, social and environmental contribution the countryside makes to the national economy and quality of life.

Our aim is to promote understanding and acceptance of the rural way of life and its activities in a managed landscape and to protect them from bias, misinformation and over regulation.  Our campaigns stretch across rural sports, wildlife management, crime, digital communications and rural communities to name a few.  With around 100,000 members and supporters we promote and protect rural life by lobbying Parliament, increasing awareness in the national and local media and getting involved with rural communities.

With an annual operating budget of £4m we earn two thirds of our income from membership subscriptions and the remainder from fundraising, donations and commercial income.

About the Countryside Alliance Foundation

The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF) is a registered charity which aims to help adults and children alike make the most of the incredible remedial and educational benefits of being involved in the natural environment. By introducing people to the delights of rural Britain we hope to inspire them to become passionate about the countryside whilst helping to protect the natural environment.

TCAF’s current projects are Fishing for Schools and Falconry for Schools, helping school children (particularly disadvantaged and SEN children) re-engage with learning and the environment, and Casting for Recovery, providing outdoor therapy for woman recovering from breast cancer.

TCAF works closely with the Countryside Alliance but is an independent charity. Its activities are financed wholly by donations, grants and fund raising with an operating budget of £350k.


Both organisations are currently going through a dynamic period of restructuring to ensure future growth in campaigning strength and income generation and this has presented an opportunity for a new Finance Manager. This is an exciting time for both organisations and the new Finance Manager will have an opportunity to contribute to the change by initiating improvements and efficiencies in line with future strategic plans.

Key responsibilities

Based in our offices in Vauxhall, London and reporting to the Finance Director, the Finance Manager is responsible for the processing and management of all financial information for the Countryside Alliance and TCAF.

  • Keeping records and cashbooks for multiple bank accounts, managing balance sheet accounts and sales and purchase ledgers, overseeing payments to creditors whilst managing cash flow requirements.  
  • Responsible for the preparation, analysis and presentation of monthly MI and forecasts, assimilating and analysing key data whilst using software such as Sage, Microsoft Dynamics and Power BI.
  • Managing company payroll and pension schemes together with relevant HMRC returns and answering queries from company staff.
  • Responsible for all compliance matters relating to HMRC and tax returns including VAT, company tax and PAYE as well as annual returns for Companies House and Charity Commission.
  • Writing year-end accounts for both entities to FRS102 and SORP accounting standards, liaising with auditors and the audit committee and leading the year end process.
  • Manage the BACS facility, collecting membership subscriptions via direct debit, maintaining changes, returns and mandates, adhering to strict BACS standards.
  • Promote financial management and accounting as an integrated part of the organisation, ensuring a thorough system of internal controls whilst maintaining professional relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Drive continuous change and process improvements within the department to maximise efficiency and accuracy within the accounting system.

Personal specification

We are looking for an experienced finance professional with strong communication, analytical and accounting skills ideally with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in industry within the not for profit or charity sector.  Qualified or part qualified with final stage to go in ACCA or CIMA, the successful candidate will be a self-starting problem solver with excellent analytical and communication skills. 

They should have experience of current financial systems and technology with exceptional technical accounting competency, keeping up to date with current legislation and standards.   Forward thinking and logical, the candidate will have a personable manner to be able to build solid and productive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.

Experience in producing management accounts and charity accounting is essential. 

Salary and benefits

Competitive together with company pension and supported CPD.

Please submit your CV and covering letter by email via this job application site.

The closing date is for applications is Friday 6th December 2019. Interviews will take place week commencing 9th December 2019.

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Closed date: 04 December 2019
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