London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£65,000 per year
Contract, 12 month contract, Full-time
Job description

Job Title: Head of Financial Accounts 

Region: London (Hybrid working, 2 days per week in the office) 

Directorate: Finance and Commercial 

Contract: 12-month fixed term contract (maternity cover) 

Salary: £65,000  per annum, including London Weighting 

The Role 

At the Royal British Legion, we believe in building on potential. As our Head of Financial Accountants, your ability to ensure the RBL group is fully compliant with all relevant tax legislation and maximises all available opportunities to reduce its tax burden, could have a real impact on people’s lives. 

At its heart, RBL is a people organisation. People who want to do the very best for others, while at the same time making the most of the opportunities and experiences we offer them. 

We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 210,000 members, 50,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed. 

As Head of Financial Account, you will be a fully qualified accountant and be responsible for the production of the annual consolidated financial statements for the charitable group and individual financial statements for RBL subsidiaries, ensuring full compliance with relevant accounting standards. 

If successful, the main duties of your role will be: 

  • Project management of the annual audit, ensuring that the auditors receive an accurate set of accounts and associated working papers by the agreed deadline. Being the key point of contact for the audit team and managing all audit queries and outstanding lists. Working with the Marketing Team to ensure that the Annual Report and Accounts are published in time for Annual Conference. 

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a system of internal financial control which protects the charity from fraud and error. Act as the key point of contact with the internal auditors, monitoring departmental progress with internal and external audit recommendations in accordance with agreed deadlines. 

  • Responsible for the production of all financial statutory returns, including tax returns. Act as the in-house technical expert for VAT and other taxes, keeping up to date with current tax law and practice and advising departments on tax matters, in consultation with the Legion’s tax advisers. 

  • Through the financial accounting team, ensuring that month end tasks and reconciliations are completed on a timely and accurate basis.  

  • Monitor compliance with relevant financial policies and procedures and develop/ amend procedures as required, ensuring they meet the needs of the charity.  

About the Royal British Legion – Careers in Finance, Commercial and Projects 

Across the country, in every city and on every street, the RBL is there to support our Armed Forces community.  

When it comes to providing this support to such a deserving community, every penny counts. Not just because we owe it to those who have served for us and their families, but also to those who choose to support us. They need to trust that we do the right thing and make the most of their contribution. 

It's this mission, this scale, this challenge and the values we all live by, that makes the RBL such a fulfilling place to thrive.

Our Finance, Commercial and Project directorates consist of various sub departments – such as Business Processes, Financial Planning and Analysis, Procurement, Facilities, Property and the Transformation Office. If you were to join any one of them, you’d help ensure these financial responsibilities are achieved. While seeing that RBL has the means to go on innovating and developing. 

Diversity Statement 

We believe that the compassion, understanding, and service we show each and every individual should be reflected in the way we all support, respect, and include every individual who works with us. We want everyone involved in our work or receiving our services, to feel proud to contribute to or be part of a diverse and inclusive organisation.

We recognise that we still have a long way to go to ensure that we make the RBL a truly great and inclusive organisation to work for and be part of so we have set out our commitments to provide a clear path to deliver this ambition. We will keep listening, learning, and sharing our progress and impact 

How to Apply 

Please Click “Apply Online” 

Closing date for this role is: Sunday 5th June 2022 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are advised to complete and submit your application form as soon as possible. 


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Posted on: 03 May 2022
Closed date: 02 June 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Finance

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