Finance Manager - part time 22.5 hours per week
Job Location: London (with home working required while lockdown and/or tier restrictions are in place)
Start date: As soon as possible from 1 April 2021
Contract: Permanent, part-time
Hours: 0.6 FTE (22.5 hours), ideally spread across three days, but we are open to agreeing flexible working patterns to suit the successful applicant, but it must include at least 2 full days
Salary: £35,000 FTE p.a. (inc. £3,000 London weighting) pro rata (actual salary is £21,000PTE p.a.)
Reporting to: Finance Director
About The Access Project
The Access Project is an innovative education charity that helps bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds beat the odds and gain places at top universities. Our volunteers are trained and supported to be effective tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors the students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works.
The Access Project currently works in London, the East and West Midlands and Bradford. We have a growing team (currently c.60 staff) working in schools and regional offices (when lockdown restrictions are not in place).
About the role
The Access Project currently outsources its accounting function. In light of recent and planned future growth, we have decided to bring that function in-house from summer 2021. We are therefore looking to recruit a Finance Manager who will join a small finance team and play a key role in the successful transition from outsourced to in-house provision. You will be in a unique position to shape a new role to best support the charity.
The Finance Manager will report to the Finance Director.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with the Finance Director to develop a forward-looking finance function that provides accurate data, reports and analysis that can be used inform decision-making across the organisation.
Data capture and monthly processes
- Assist with the implementation of a new finance system and migration of relevant data
- Oversee the set up and ongoing use of any associated systems for invoice and expense management
- Oversee the month end process and produce monthly management accounts packs
- Ensure the accurate capture and coding of the underlying financial data, overseeing the processing done by the Senior Coordinator
- Post regular and ad-hoc journals, including payroll, prepayments, accruals and apportionment of support costs
- Maintain and monitor the cashflow forecast
- Develop and maintain a finance manual and regularly review the financial systems and controls in place
Finance business partnering
- Act as a finance business partner to all budget holders
- Provide ongoing training and support non-finance staff to enable them to effectively manage budgets and make informed decisions
- Draft and review organisational policies relating to finance
- Assist with the production of annual budgets and in-year forecasts in collaboration with the Finance Director and budget holders
- Liaise with the partnerships team, providing financial information for funding applications and reporting and tracking spend on restricted funds
- Assist with the preparation of the annual statutory accounts and audit pack
- Provide the auditors with any information requested during the annual audit
- Undertake ad-hoc projects and requests when they come up
Essential characteristics and experience:
- Studying towards a professional accounting qualification (eg. ACA/ACCA/CIMA) or qualified by experience
- At least 2 years of relevant experience, including use of accounting systems
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Able to effectively communicate financial matters to staff without a finance background
- Committed to driving improvement
- Excellent attention to detail
- Intermediate or advanced Excel skills
- Passionate about educational disadvantage and The Access Project’s mission
- Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
- Committed to upholding a professional code of ethics
Desirable characteristics and experience:
- Working knowledge of the charity SORP
Please note, as a minimum requirement, applicants will need to:
- Have a university degree or significant professional experience;
- Have the right to work in the UK.
- Flexible working options
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (pro rata)
- Perkbox perks – offering nationwide shopping discounts, gym memberships, freebies and much more
- Employee assistance programme – a 24 hour helpline for staff
- Online medical assistance – access 24/7 to a qualified GP within minutes
- Interest-free travelcard loan
- Cyclescheme loans
"The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and will expect all volunteers and staff to share this commitment."
Disclosure of a Criminal Record
The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If your application is successful, you are required to make these disclosures and consent to The Access Project verifying the accuracy of your response with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Application Closes: Monday, 15 March 2021 (please note that late applications will not be accepted)
Interviews planned for w/c: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
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