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

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

Additional

  • 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

Hours

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

Experience

  • 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

Qualities

  • 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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