Job Title: Finance Manager
Location: London, Sheffield, Bristol or from home with some travel to all locations
Reporting to: Head of Finance
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Salary: £48,483 (£51,983 if resident in Greater London)
Date closes:Wednesday, 10th August 2022 at 10am
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Role Purpose

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance Manager to join our team who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day finance activities including month end oversight.

This role will work with the Head of Finance to ensure that finance policies and processes are followed, efficient, effective and user-friendly and that they reflect legal and tax requirements.

You will be working closely with other like-minded passionate professionals in our organisation to build the profile of a movement that will change the face of the country.

Power to Change backs people to grow community businesses that directly benefit their local area. In just six years, we’ve helped double the number of community businesses in England to over 11,000 through innovative funding, support programmes and research.

No one understands a community better than the people that live there. Run by local people, trading for the benefit of local people, community businesses provide the services that neighbourhoods need to make them thrive.

Our vision and mission

Our overall vision is ‘powerful communities, better places,’ which we will deliver by pursuing our mission to ‘strengthen the community business sector’. Our 2021-25 strategy sets out how we will go about pursuing this vision and mission.

Our Objectives

To harness opportunities Growing and diversifying the community business movement is critical to its survival. We want to create the conditions and work with community businesses themselves to ensure a more diverse base of people can be involved in community business in different ways, from being board members and employees to volunteers, shareholders and customers. In particular, we want to ensure that we lower barriers for disadvantaged communities to develop community business ideas so that together we can build a more equitable movement.

To increase engagement The world is changing, and community business can be at the heart of local solutions. We need to continue to build the case for the positive economic, social and environmental impacts of community business, and act as a catalyst to unlock the resources of government, the wider public sector, other funders and the private sector to grow the community business movement and deepen its impact. We will build the exemplars and evidence that can give others confidence to invest in community business.

To build capacity Community business leaders need the skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive for the long term and build up their power. We will build their capacity to do so now and in the future. We also want to identify new market opportunities and routes to market such as digital that can support income generation and diversification for community businesses, building resilience over time.

Our values
Bold: We experiment, take risks and test new ideas. We move quickly to take advantage of opportunities.

Informed: We learn from research and from our delivery. We are responsive and adapt to what we have learned.

Open: We are transparent about our decision-making. We share knowledge and learning including what has not worked.

Collaborative: We work across sectors and respect others’ knowledge and experience. We encourage others who share our vision to bring about change.

Authentic: We integrate the priorities that we have for the community business sector into our own practice. We embody our values in all facets of our work.

Key Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Oversight of the month end process, with responsibility for grant accounting
  • Responsible for the production of monthly, quarterly and annual management accounts
  • Responsible for the processing and payment of all sales ledger and income transactions
  • Manage monthly payroll and pension process, working with outsourced provider
  • Responsible for the preparation and submission of VAT returns, including all related calculations
  • Support with production of schedules for the statutory accounts of the Trust, its holding company and its subsidiaries
  • Support as and when required on analysis of monthly reporting
  • Support as and when required on development of budgets and projections

Processes and Systems

  • Ensure adherence to financial policies, procedures and processes through control checks and where necessary propose amendments to improve efficiency and reflect user feedback, latest regulations and tax requirements; implement and communicate amendments as and when required
  • Induct new staff on finance processes, systems and apps
  • Support with provision to existing staff of on-going training related to finance concepts and processes
  • Continuously monitor the use of financial systems and related apps to ensure they meet the needs of the organisation, are user-friendly and are used by staff and external parties as intended
  • Act as the administrator of existing financial systems and apps; implement and manage the roll-out of new ones as and when required (including staff training)

Information Management

  • Responsible for the preparation of reports to funders
  • Lead contact during audit field work (including preparation of audit files and answering related audit queries)
  • Support where appropriate with the production of papers for the Board and various sub-committees

Finance-related projects

  • Support the Head of Finance as a business partner to internal colleagues and external partners
  • Support with the implementation of our cross-cutting themes (DEI, climate change and digital) in our finance policies and processes
Organisation Responsibilities
  • Support the Head of Finance as a business partner to internal colleagues and external partners
  • Support with the implementation of our cross-cutting themes (DEI, climate change and digital) in our finance policies and processes

Skills and Experience

  • CCAB qualified accountant (part-qualified would be considered)
  • Previous experience within the NFP sector in a role at a similar level (highly desirable)
  • Advanced excel skills (essential)
  • Experience of using accounting packages such as Xero (essential) and CRM systems such as Salesforce (desirable)
  • Experience of setting up / using financial apps linked to accounting softwares such as Zoho expenses (desirable)
  • Takes initiative, flexible ‘can-do’ attitude and can work independently
  • Strong communication skills, good at building relationships with colleagues across all areas and levels of the organisation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, reliably and consistently deliver on multiple activities and manage competing demands

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