Marylebone, Greater London
£41,000 - £44,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job Description: Chief Accountant

Reports to: General Manager and Treasurer

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE:                                

  1. To develop, improve and maintain accounting reporting and controls
  2. To manage, develop and support the Management Accountant and Trainee Accountant



Core activities

  • Management of the Accounts team
  • Review of current accounting processes to find efficiencies and improvements. Using Audit reports and feedback from the Finance Sub-Committee, develop new protocols in a wide-ranging review of how the Greentree integrated accounting and CRM system is used
  • Quarterly reviews of:
    • TB Account reconciliations (Bank, Debtors, Creditors, Accruals/Prepayment)
    • VAT Returns
    • Capital Projects Approvals & Expenditure
    • Nominal Ledger journals
  • The generation and co-ordination of Annual Budgets and Forecasts for all the School’s activities, excluding those of our trading subsidiary and the regional Branch operations
  • The production of summary Management Accounts by major business segment showing actual performance to Budget with a commentary on causes of variances
  • The construction and implementation of monthly budgetary expense controls, and production of regular reports to show actual performance to Budget / Forecast
  • The communication of these reports to key Budget expense holders and the Executive committee to include recommended actions to be taken
  • Review of the School’s funds and a twelve-month rolling Cash forecast of requirements
  • Working with the Treasurer and General Manager on an expanded and updated organisation-wide Finance Manual. Identifying risks to the business and finding processes that address these risks
  • Submit Annual Returns to the Charity Commission and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator


  • Working with General Manager on payroll and pensions
  • Assisting with the annual Audit of the organisation, including supporting the Management Accountant in preparing the financial statements
  • Cross-training roles with Management Accountant and Assistant Accountant to provide cover during busy periods or team member absence


Monday to Friday (8 hours including paid lunchbreak) within the hours of 8:30am – 6:30pm
Initially based at home, in due course this role will be at our office in West London.


Person Specification: Chief Accountant


  • Qualified as a Chartered Account 3+ years ago
  • Experience working with an accounting solution such as Sage or Dimensions, within a medium-sized organisation. Knowledge of Greentree ideal
  • Supervisory or management experience essential. Ideally management of a team, and experience developing and coaching staff into new or enhanced roles
  • Experience in an accountancy role in a charity essential. Time spent within a charity of £1m+ annual turnover preferable


  • Comfortable with leading significant change in a small team
  • Efficient and problem-solving, able to set out clear milestones for reaching goals
  • Patient, with a team-focussed attitude
  • An understanding of the unique challenges posed by a high-turnover organisation with a small core team

28 days annual leave per year (excluding Bank Holidays) and pension scheme.

Refreshed on: 31 December 2020
Closed date: 14 January 2021
Job ref: CHACC220
Tags: Finance, Management

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