Forest Row, East Sussex
£31,300 - £33,700 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

A leading heritage not for profit organisation, responsible for the management and upkeep of one of the largest green public access spaces in the South East of England, is seeking a Finance Officer to join them at an exciting time of growth.

In a sole charge role, reporting to the CEO, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the financial management of the main not for profit organisation and the charitable foundation.

The organisation has recently launched a fundraising foundation, and there is significant potential to grow in this role as the organisation expands in the coming years.

Flexible working can be accommodated, but it is anticipated that the successful applicant will need to be based in the office for around 2-3 days per week. The office is located within the Forest in the northern part of East Sussex.

Duties include:

-Manage the accounts of the 2 entities. This will include managing restricted and unrestricted funds, bank reconciliations and internal recharges

-Producing quarterly and as requested management reports

-To work with the CEO and Countryside Manager to explore and secure appropriate revenue, grants and other funding

-To provide support for the new Foundation which will be primarily responsible for the fundraising efforts for the organisation with the intention to significantly raise charitable income

-Establish and quantify financial risks and pressures in current and future years and support the production and achievement of a sustainable Medium-Term Financial Plan

-Producing the annual reports and accounts in a timely and accurate manner

-Liaising with internal and external auditors

-Leading, planning and compiling the annual budgets

-Presenting budgets to the Board

-Provision of accurate and timely monthly management information to the CEO, Board and budget holders

-Overall responsibility for the payroll of employees and administration of pension scheme

-Preparing VAT returns and other statutory returns. This includes the charity accounts and reporting for the Foundation

-Ensure contacts with Board, Directors, staff, banks, funders and auditors are maintained at the appropriate level

Candidate requirements:

-Minimum AAT level 4 qualified or part-qualified ACCA / CIMA / ACA

-Understanding of local government and charitable sector finances is strongly desirable

-A proven track record of financial management, assisting business planning and helping implement a long-term financial strategy

-Excellent computer skills – familiarity with IT packages, especially Microsoft Office and financial databases

-Experience of revenue and capital budgeting and forecasting

-Experience of ensuring financial procedures are adhered to

-Experience of developing, delivering and monitoring financial strategy

-Experience of recording accounting transactions and maintaining accounting records

-Experience of producing management accounts and other analysis

Please note that public transport is very limited in the area, so applicants will need to drive to work – therefore a full-clean driving licence is required.

Closing date: Monday 23rd August

Interviews: Late August / early September

Salary: £31,300 - £33,700 per annum

Please send your CV for further consideration.

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Posted on: 04 August 2021
Closed date: 03 September 2021
Job ref: MM34
Tags: Finance