Farringdon, Greater London
£26,690 - £31,400 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children UK’s Finance Officer is varied and rewarding.

  • Do you have a successful track record of working in a payroll processing and financial experience role?
  • Do you have experience of using and interpreting information from various accounting and data systems?
  • Do you have experience of working with Payroll systems
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!


About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.


Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the AP&R and Payroll Manager, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the delivery of a timely, well-controlled and smooth-running service to Save the Children UK and its subsidiaries covering all aspects of payroll, pensions and accounts receivable processing including resolution of any issues arising

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Finance Officer’s key duties will be to:  

  • Processing of all monthly payroll and pension instructions in the payroll software (SDWorx)


  • Respond to Payroll, Pension and Accounts receivable queries from staff members, effectively and in accordance with our Service Level Agreement (SLAs)


  • Processing payment of salaries into overseas bank accounts using Bankline


  • Support AP&R Payroll manager with the submissions of the pension scheme contributions


  • Updating the General Ledger in the Finance system (Agresso) with monthly payroll and pension entries incl. bank payments and monthly salary data from the payroll system


  • Monthly reconciliation of payroll and pension control accounts


  • Support the organisation with raising sundry invoices, providing relevant training, chase income & code appropriately in our finance system (Agresso)


  • Carry out a variety of financial processing tasks, preparing cashbooks, updating the nominal ledger, undertaking inter-company accounting and other reconciliations in accordance with month-end timetable


  • Manage relationship with existing corporate credit card holders and responding to queries and new requests effectively and in accordance with our SLAs


  • Manage relationship with our provider of company cards (NatWest); liaising with them to issue new cards, block/unblock existing cards, and resolve any issues arising


  • Support the Head of Finance Operations with the creation of the monthly Finance Service Level Agreements dashboard


  • Deal with audit requests to provide supporting documents


  • Work on continuous improvement and effectiveness of the existing processes


  • Keeping our intranet pages up to date with relevant information & training documents


  • Keeping process notes up to date


  • Keeping payroll knowledge up to date by attending HMRC or SDWorx Webinars


  • Provide cover for other colleagues as required


Person Profile



  • Successful track record of working in a payroll processing and financial experience role (e.g. posting journals, managing cashbooks and managing a full payroll cycle)


  • Experience of using and interpreting information from various accounting and data systems


  • Experience of working with Payroll systems



  • Ability to maintain performance of routine tasks on a regular basis whilst dealing with unexpected issues


  • Ability to work quickly and accurately, paying attention to details to ensure that high volumes of transactions are correctly processed, especially under pressure


  • Ability to respond to a wide range of queries and to develop robust procedures




  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment


  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity


Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Posted on: 10 November 2021
Closing date: 10 December 2021
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