SE1, London
£25,000 - £30,500 per year (including London weighting)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

upReach is seeking to hire a Senior Finance Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to support the growth of the charity, working with the Head of Finance and Business operations on a wide range of Finance-related activities, with a supplementary focus on office-related administration.

Do you think that your socio-economic background should determine your career prospects? upReach is an award-winning social mobility charity supporting less-advantaged undergraduates to secure top jobs. We deliver a comprehensive programme of professional development, through partnerships with top employers and universities. upReach works to address the progression gap, supporting students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to secure graduate jobs after university, aiming to reach its vision of a society in which everyone has the opportunity to reach their full career potential, regardless of social background.

Key Information:
Role: Senior Finance Officer
Location: London, with the potential for flexible working arrangements.
Hours: 40 hours per week, 9am - 6pm 
Start date: ASAP
Duration: Permanent 
Reporting to: Head of Finance and Business Operations
Salary: £25,000 - £30,500 per annum (including London weighting)
Application deadline: 9am Thursday 4th November 2021 (Early applications are encouraged. We may interview and appoint before the deadline).

About the Role:
The Senior Finance Officer will work on a wide range of Finance-related activities, with a supplementary focus on office-related administration. Training will be provided, as and when required. For the right candidate, we may also be able to offer support for professional finance qualifications such as CIMA or ACCA.

With the support of the Head of Finance and Business Operations, your primary focus will be day-to-day Finance work, including the following:

General bookkeeping

  • Logging sales and purchase invoices into Xero

  • Regularly performing bank reconciliations

Accounts Receivable and Credit Control (Sales Ledger)

  • Completing supplier set-up processes for customers

  • Invoicing customers and following up regarding payments

Accounts Payable (Purchase Ledger)

  • Logging supplier invoices

  • Create payment schedules

Management Accounting

  • Updating budgets and forecasts

  • Supporting our Fundraising teams with proposal budgets

  • Tracking project-related expenditure


  • Maintaining accurate payroll records and preparing monthly payroll schedules

Annual Audit

  • Supporting the Head of Finance with audit preparation and responding to auditor queries and requests for information

In addition, you will offer administrative support in the following areas:

  • General office administration including ordering office supplies, monitoring meeting room usage, maintaining desk rotas, and assigning and tracking staff IT equipment

  • Assist in the implementation and ongoing management of a customer relationship management system (CRM) for the funding pipeline. 

  • Providing additional support to the CEO and Head of Finance and Business Operations as required. 

Person Specification:
This position would be suited to individuals who are committed to upReach’s mission. We are looking for someone who is passionate about social mobility and believes that background should not be a barrier to graduate employment. 

Essential Skills/Experience:

  1. A minimum of 12-18 months finance experience, performing tasks in at least one (preferably more) of the following areas:

    1. Bookkeeping using accounting software such as Xero or Quickbooks

    2. Accounts Receivable and Credit Control (Sales Ledger)

    3. Accounts Payable (Purchase Ledger)

    4. Management Accounting

    5. Payroll

  2. Strong organisational skills with a keen eye for detail and the ability to manage a varied workload.

  3. Self-motivation and an ability to work in a small team as well as independently.

  4. Excellent communication skills and strong written English.

  5. Confident working with Google Sheets or MS Excel. 

  6. At least a Grade ‘B’ in Maths and English GCSE (if you have extenuating circumstances, let us know)*

* The nature of the role requires a high standard of Maths and English, and the ability to quickly review a large amount of information and identify and communicate key themes clearly. Applicants may demonstrate this through the academic qualifications shown above and/or other relevant experience. 

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  1. Currently studying a professional finance qualification such as CIMA or ACCA

  2. Accountancy degree

  3. An interest in social mobility, and upReach’s mission 

  4. Experience of working within a charity. 

  5. Experience of using Google Suite and Zoom.

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Posted on: 07 October 2021
Closed date: 04 November 2021
Tags: Finance, Operations