The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth
£40-45,000 per annum depending on experience plus contributory pension
Full time 35 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
Reporting to the Director of Finance and IT
The Diocese of Portsmouth comprises 90 parishes across Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire (except Slough), South Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Formed 19th May 1882 by the division of the Diocese of Southwark, the Diocese of Portsmouth has a presence in every community and can offer ministry and mission to all who come to us, working towards the Bishop’s vision of Bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through his church.
We are looking for an experienced Management Accountant to operate as Finance Business Partner across the Diocese. You should have experience of managing a small team and developing a new service.
You will have experience of building effective business partnering relationships and be able to demonstrate times when through these relationships you were able to positively influence the outcome of projects and activities.
The Business Partner must have strong communication skills, adaptable to different audiences with varying levels of financial expertise.
You will be an ACA/CIMA/ACCA qualified accountant.
It will be advantageous if the candidate has experience in working with charities and particularly faith-based charities.
You will have an understanding and sympathy with the mission and values of the Catholic Church.
Main duties of the role
The Management Accountant will be responsible for providing and interpreting tailored Financial Management information and providing Financial Business Partnering services to colleagues across the Diocese. The service should provide colleagues with financial understanding and fluency to enable better decision making and maximise the benefit that the diocese’s resources can achieve in working towards the it’s charitable objects.
This responsibility will include line management of the small Management Accounts and Business partnering team, to ensure they provide a consistent high-quality service.
Within the diocese, this is a new role and a new department providing increased focus on business partnering and making tailored reporting more widely available. At the outset the post holder will establish the Management Accounts and Business Partnering Team, focusing on developing comprehensive reporting, and building business partnering relationships.
The Management Accountant will work with the Financial Controller to develop the capabilities of the whole finance department to make finance a key enabler within the diocese. With the Financial Controller review the accounting package in use, provide a plan for updating or replacing the system.
If you would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact:
Mark Van Wijk – Director of Finance and IT
Covering letter: Please tell us how your motivation, values, skills, experience and personal qualities demonstrate your suitability for the role (around 500 words). Please make it clear why you are excited about this role, and why you specifically want to work for the Diocese of Portsmouth.
Current CV and the details of two referees: This should include full education and employment history (including dates, with no gaps left unexplained). Please include your current or most recent employer as one of your referees.
Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd October 2020 at 1700 hours
Interviews: date to be confirmed
Notes to candidates
1. Interviews: all shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
2. Unsuccessful applications: if you have not been contacted within 3 weeks of your application, we regret that you will not have been offered an interview on this occasion.
3. General: this post will be subject to review under the relevant Diocesan Terms and Conditions of Service.
4. New employees to the Diocese will be subject to a probationary period of six months.
Overall Job Purpose
- The Management Accountant will be responsible for providing and interpreting tailored Financial Management information and providing Financial Business Partnering services to colleagues across the Diocese. The service should provide colleagues with financial understanding and fluency to enable better decision making and maximise the benefit that the diocese’s resources can achieve in working towards the it’s charitable objects.
- This responsibility will include line management of the small Management Accounts and Business partnering team, to ensure they provide a consistent high-quality service.
- Within the diocese, this is a new role and a new department providing increased focus on business partnering and making tailored reporting more widely available. At the outset the post holder will establish the Management Accounts and Business Partnering Team, focusing on developing comprehensive reporting, and building business partnering relationships.
- The Financial Business Partner will work with the Financial Controller to develop the capabilities of the whole finance department to make finance a key enabler within the diocese. With the Financial Controller review the accounting package in use, provide a plan for updating and replacing the system.
- Manage the Management Accounts and Business Partnering Team to generate accurate and timely management accounts and bespoke financial information that support employees, Parishes, Directors, and Trustees
- Develop Business Partnering relationships across the Diocese to provide colleagues with financial understanding and fluency to enable better decision making and maximise the benefit that the Diocese’s resources can achieve in working towards its charitable objects.
- Line manage the Management Accounts and Business Partnering Team, including Assistant Management Accountant (35hrs), Estates Business Partner (17.5 hrs)
- Produce a template for monthly management accounts to meet the needs of budget holders and other stakeholders and keep the template under review to ensure it best meets the needs of recipients
- Produce a balance sheet reconciliations pack to ensure the accuracy of data included in management accounts and contribute to the control environment of the Diocese
- Manage the Assistant Management Accountant when they produce the management accounts, Balance Sheet reconciliations and other appropriate management information
- Circulate the monthly management accounts pack within tight reporting deadlines
- Reporting should be developed to capture a complete picture of the Diocese financial performance and position. This should report on projects, restricted and designated funds, KPIs, grants, capital expenditure, plans and commitments and cash flows.
- Provide analysis of management accounts and regularly update forecasts within management data
- Business Partnering is a new focus within the finance team, the post holder will develop new financial business partnering relationships with colleagues across the diocese
- The post holder will provide financial expertise, understanding and insight to make sure financial considerations are effectively understood, monitored, and managed. This should lead to improved delivery of projects, more efficient use of resources and better identification and managing of risks and opportunities.
- They will actively seek out opportunities to collaborate and support colleagues in their roles.
- Will seek to ensure that Finance becomes a key enabler for the Diocese and help all teams be more effective in working towards meeting the Diocese charitable objects.
- They will supervise the Estates Business Partner in their role dedicated to supporting the work of the Estates team.
- Parish Support is a key focus for this role to provide bespoke support to individual parishes
- Provide general support for parishes by developing group communications, training and resources, also through attending meetings of groups of parishes.
- Work with the parishes to select and roll out a replacement for the parish accounting package which is no longer supported by provider
- Work with the Financial Controller to redesign the nominal ledger to support improved reporting and provide more efficient processing and accounts production.
- Work with the Financial Controller to review current accounting package and consider redesign or replacement
- Produce the annual statutory accounts for the Diocese and subsidiaries
Ad hoc duties and projects
- Carry out ad hoc duties as requested by your line manager
- To maintain the ethos and values of the Catholic Church and positively promote the work and activities of the Catholic Church.
- To undertake any task that may be requested from time to time that may be consistent with the nature and scope of this post.
(Personal attributes essential to performing role: e.g. skills, competencies, expertise, knowledge, experience.)
Competence, expertise & Knowledge
- Qualified with ACA/CIMA/ACCA
- First class organisational skills including the ability to prioritise work, balance conflicting priorities, monitor progress and exercise judgement about chasing progress as necessary.
- Advanced proficiency in use of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
- Understanding of Data Protection legislation.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the confidence to deal with people at every level.
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
- Experience of coaching and developing individuals, teams, functions to higher performance
- High-level knowledge of the economy, market and trends affecting the business.
- Able to effectively manage a high- volume workload.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
- Excellent problem -solving skills.
- Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships.
- Able to work on own initiative, organising and prioritising own workload to set deadlines.
- An ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality and trust.
- Good time keeping.
- Positive and flexible approach to work.
- Knowledge of the values and teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.
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