Do you have a passion for social justice, and a concern for needs of refugees fleeing war and persecution? Do you want to use to use your skills and expertise in financial management to bring about positive change?
We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our growing charity, which works with refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the UK. Upbeat Communities is a Christian charity based in Derby and we work across Derbyshire and Lincolnshire – our mission is to Help Strangers Become Neighbours. We achieve this by focusing activities on three key areas: Welcome, Empowerment, and Awareness Raising.
The services we deliver include welcome support for new arrivals, language classes through our Derby Language School social enterprise, health and well-being activities, enterprise and employment training, awareness raising, training and events. We provide the support service to local authorities in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire as part of the Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme, working with Syrian refugees. We are currently partnering with the British Red Cross on a 4 year citywide project called Survive & Thrive, as well as initiating new projects such as a volunteer hosting scheme for destitute asylum seekers and a project focusing on refugee children.
Context of the role:
One of our current Finance and Operations Managers (who is part of a job share) goes on maternity leave in March/April 2020, therefore we are looking to recruit someone who can provide support to our organisation during this maternity leave period. The role will focus on the financial management functions of the organisation including the production of management accounts and budgets, and the oversight of all our financial procedures (we are also recruiting an additional Team Administrator to meet the day-to-day finance, admin and operations tasks). We require someone who can start in the role in January/February 2020 to ensure a smooth and successful handover.
We want someone who can manage, maintain and improve the performance, productivity and efficiency of our financial management procedures. They will be someone with strong financial management skills and significant experience of working in business or charity finance.
You will enjoy being a key player in a growing, dynamic team, committed to helping us shape the future of our charity to make a difference to many people’s lives.
The successful candidate will have a positive attitude and love enabling our team to deliver the best possible service to our participants. The candidate will be committed to, and actively demonstrate, our Christian values, ethos and practice in order to achieve our vision – to see thriving positive communities where every refugee can contribute and make the most of opportunities.
Main duties and responsibilities:
• Produce budgets, forecasts and cashflows in collaboration with the Chief Executive/ trustees
• Maintain accurate financial records using Sage 50 Accounts
• Generate management accounts
• Manage bank accounts and carry out bank reconciliation
• Oversee all payments and cash management
• Manage expenses and credit card procedures
• Track incoming resources including grants, donations and earned income
• Support the production of funder and finance related reports
• Provide information to our accountant required for preparation of statutory accounts
Oversight and Line Management
• Oversee, develop and improve all financial management procedures
• Review and update all financial policies annually
• Provide line management, including support and supervision, for the Team Administrator (to be appointed in March 2020) and any finance/admin volunteers
• Provide relevant information to our payroll provider to ensure staff wages are processed and paid
• Oversee invoicing for sessional/ self-employed tutors and interpreters
• Process pension payments
• Ensure HMRC data is up-to-date and payments are made
• Process HR data relevant for financial management
• Provide administrative support for projects where required
• Make an active contribution to the overall work of Upbeat Communities through team meetings, staff training, awareness and fundraising events, and any other appropriate activities
• Be committed to, and work in accordance with Upbeat Communities’ Christian values and ethos, as well as adhering to all organisational policies and procedures
We are looking for an exceptional candidate who can demonstrate the following qualifications, experience and skills. Please make sure you evidence each of these areas in your application.
• A good standard of education (GCSEs & A Levels or equivalent)
• Qualified accountant to at least CIMA, ACCA, or ACA level Experience & Skills Essential
• A minimum of 2 years’ experience of financial management
• Strong financial awareness, with a track record of maintaining budgets and management accounts
• Proven leadership ability
• Experience of SAGE or other desktop accounting packages
• Proven ability to develop and maintain databases and information systems
• Keen analytical and problem-solving skills
• Outstanding administrative ability, well organised, and reliable
• Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing and over the telephone with individuals and a wide variety of organisations
• Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise competing tasks and manage your own workload
• Good IT skills
• A team player with a helpful serving attitude and a positive disposition Desirable
• Experience of charity finance and accounting practice
• An understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the charity sector
• Knowledge around Tax and VAT relating to charities Other
• Committed to the support and wellbeing of refugees
• Commitment to actively demonstrate Upbeat Communities’ Christian ethos and values
• The right to work in the UK
What we offer as an employer
- A positive working environment where staff are valued and cared for
- An inclusive and friendly staff team
- Regular support and supervision
- Regular opportunities for team building
- Flexible working conditions to promote a good work / life balance
- Annual team retreat to recharge, re-envision and build relationships across the team
- 25 days holiday plus 8 Bank Holidays for full time staff (pro rata for part time staff)
- A generous mileage allowance for travel required for work
- Opportunities for continued training and development
- Access to language classes through our social enterprise (Derby Language School)
- Competitive pension scheme (5% employer contribution matched by 5% employee contribution)
All applicants need to complete an application form and submit it online via our website – CVs will not be accepted
As part of the recruitment and selection process Upbeat Communities will take up two references Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 14th January 2020