Birmingham, West Midlands
£35,000 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)

Job Title:

Financial Controller


£35,000- £45,000

Responsible to:

Director of Funding and Resources



Hours of Work:

36.5 hours per week. Flexible working will be considered


The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is an independent community benefit society which works with some of the poorest communities in Birmingham to improve people’s health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Its mission is to:


Use physical activity, guided by innovation, collaboration and insight, to do the collaborating and development required to create stronger and more resilient communities


The Active Wellbeing Society is a Community Benefit Society, which means that it is controlled by its membership (users, communities, partners and stakeholders) and cannot use surpluses to anything other than community benefit. All assets are “locked” for the benefit of the communities that TAWS serves. It has charitable purposes and is treated as a charity by HMRC.


The Society was developed out of the successful Wellbeing Service set up by Birmingham City Council in June 2015, it is a public service mutual. It has a track record of innovation, collaboration, citizen engagement and successful delivery, within the Council and since leaving it. By going independent in 2018, TAWS was

 able to build on this foundation and unlock new sources of funding to support its further growth and development.


This role is responsible for the financial control and leadership of the finance and payroll function. 



Main outcomes to be delivered by the role:

1.      Prepare monthly management information across wide range of complex projects

2.      Preparation of month end balance sheet reconciliations, journals, accruals and prepayments

3.      Manage contracts to ensure income is drawn down in a timely and efficient manner

4.      Conduct monthly budget review meetings with budget holders, ensuring projects are on track

5.      Lead the development of annual budgeting and business planning cycle

6.      Assist in the development of the strategic financial plan, targets and financial oversight

7.      Responsibility for governance processes including preparing Board papers detailing financial, governance and operational information for review and discussion by the Board of Trustees at regular Trustee meetings

8.      Assist project leads in best practice for recording financial and performance information for contractual obligations of project delivery

9.       Oversee monthly payroll process

10.   Lead on preparation of Annual Accounts through liaison with Auditors, ensuring statutory financial responsibilities and reporting requirements are met in a timely manner

11.   Assist in the preparation of The Trustees’ Annual Report.

12.   Manage ongoing processes including tax, audit, banking and investments

13.   Monitor, review and manage key risks affecting the Society,

14.   Preparation and review of new and existing finance policies as and when required

15.   Contribute to improving processes and systems within the finance function

16.   Responsibility for ensuring the Society is following appropriate UK tax, accounting and other legislation applicable to it.



17.   Ability to communicate finance to non-finance managers

18.   Encourage and empower the team in professional and personal development

19.   Carry out all other duties as maybe reasonably assigned from time to time and with the level of this Job Description.

Knowledge, skills and abilities



1.      A recognised financial or accounting qualification such as ACCA or CIMA

2.      Experienced in the preparation of management information and statutory accounting

3.       Experience of payroll processing.

4.      Ability to plan, prioritise, achieve targets and deliver to deadlines

5.      Analytical and strategic thinker

6.      Relationship focussed with strong interpersonal skills

7.      A genuine passion for the wellbeing of others and a drive to improve the lives of individuals and communities

8.      Excellent communicator with ability to build and maintain relationships with all stakeholders



9.      Knowledge of Accounts IQ or similar cloud accounting software

10.   Knowledge of Sage Line 50 payroll

11.   Track record of working autonomously and collaboratively in a dynamic, fast paced and challenging environment

12.   An understanding of what a Community Benefit Society is and experience of working cooperatively



TAWS has identified six key competencies for the Wider Management Team. These competencies are the attributes and behaviours which are considered essential for a role within the management of the organisation. When measuring the effectiveness of your performance as a Manager, the company will not only consider your skills, knowledge and duties, but also how effective you have been in displaying the competencies below and demonstrating them in practice. Our key competencies are:


Has personal and organisational vision, motivates self and others, delegating and providing support as appropriate; demonstrates flexibility; accepts responsibility for outcomes and demonstrates integrity.

Communicating and Influencing

Communicates clearly and appropriately to a range of audiences and in a variety of contexts; influences partners and stakeholders through excellent “soft skills”, demonstrating social and emotional intelligence.

Resilience and Self-Management

Copes effectively with pressure, manages workloads and deadlines, remains positive, reflective and pro-active in the face of challenges, setbacks and negative feedback.


Looks for beneficial business opportunities and partnerships, understands the actions required to achieved business goals and diversify income streams, promoting profit and social good.

Management of People

Motivates and inspires others to succeed, provides a clear and consistent sense of direction, monitors progress and holds people to account.

Strategic Thinking and Judgement

Considers the bigger picture, understands the strategic relevance of information at a client, community and neighbourhood level.




More about The Active Wellbeing Society
The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society deliver a series of projects that enable people and communities to get active together. We also provide over 200 f... Read more

Refreshed on: 17 December 2019
Closed date: 01 January 2020
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