Finance Manager

The Finance Manager is responsible to the Head of Finance, Chief Executive and the Board.

The Finance Manager will support the business by leading on the day-to-day tasks within the finance department. They will manage all transactional finance matters, assist the Head of Finance with budgets and financial projections, the development of policies, rules and procedures for the Charity and it’s trading subsidiary, provide advice and guidance to senior management on financial matters, assist with preparing reports for our Board of Trustees and external funders, act as main point of contact for our auditors, and line manage and develop the finance team. The Finance Manager will ensure a high standard of accuracy in maintaining the organisations’ financial records. They will display integrity, flexibility, commitment, and enjoy working as part of a small finance team, ensuring they are adequately supported and developed, and supporting our service managers and senior Leadership Team with financial queries.

Specific Responsibilities include:

· Responsibility for all month end processes and production of monthly Management Accounts, including variance analysis

· Oversee the timely operation and upkeep of accounting systems in accordance with financial procedures

· Support service managers to monitor monthly spend against budget and in managing cost of labour targets

· Manage and oversee the work of the Finance Officer, Finance Assistant and Payroll Assistant

· Prepare key account reconciliations on a regular basis

· Prepare information for our Funders on project spend and present this in a meaningful way

· Work with the Head of Finance to ensure efficient financial management and planning systems, and that the organisation demonstrates value for money across all activities and services

· With the Head of Finance, ensure efficient preparation of the annual financial accounts and budget, and the effective production of financial information to support funding bids, tenders and the generation of new income

· Oversee the monthly payroll submission and assist with any payroll queries, supported by the Payroll Assistant

· Preparation and submission of quarterly VAT return for trading subsidiary

· Be responsible for personal learning and development and keep up to date with relevant legislation and updates to accounting standards, policy and practice.

· Participate in supervision, training and meetings as required, and assist in the development of services.

The job description is a broad picture of the post at the date of preparation. It is not an exhaustive list of all possible duties and it is recognised that jobs change and evolve over time

Personal Specifications:


· A relevant accounting qualification e.g CA, ACA, ACCA, CIMA.

· Must have previous experience working with a cloud based accounting system such as Xero, Quickbooks, Sage etc.

· Must be numerate and have excellent oral and written communication skills, with an eye for detail

· Must have good Microsoft Word and Excel skills

· Must enjoy leading and working as part of a team

· Must be able to manage a varied work load and prioritise accordingly, with an ability to meet tight deadlines

· Strong communication skills and able to communicate effectively with customers, suppliers and colleagues

· Should have a positive, flexible, “can do” problem-solving approach

· Must demonstrate integrity and a commitment to a values-based approach

· An understanding of the third sector would be advantageous.

Further information:

  • Period of appointment: The appointment is permanent
  • Confirmation of appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a 3 month probationary period and Basic Disclosure check.
  • Salary: £32,000 – £36,000 depending on experience
  • Hours of work: 35 hours per week (part time would be considered)
  • Holidays: 32 paid days pro rata including Public Holidays

· Pension: The FCSS Pension scheme is a Flexible Retirement Plan, with The Pensions Trust. On appointment you will be automatically enrolled but following a qualifying period you may increase your contributions. Where an employee pays a minimum contribution of 3% of salary, FCSS will make a 7% contribution.

· Training and Support and Supervision: You will receive induction training and frequent support in the first three months. Thereafter you will receive monthly individual support and annual appraisals. Regular team meetings are held, and all members have access to internal and external training.

· CycleScheme – Save a between 25% & 39% on new bike packages

· Generous life assurance scheme

· Equal Opportunities and Family Friendly employment: FCSS aims to be an equal opportunities and family friendly employer. The post is open to job sharing.