Accountant (Charity)

£45,000 - £50,000


Darren Buckley

Accountant (Charity)

We are currently working with a very exciting Charity based in North Cambridge that has a Commercial arm to the business. They now require a commercially minded Accountant to join the business with experience and knowledge of the Charity sector.

In this hybrid role, you will be reporting to the Commercial Finance Manager, you will support in all areas of accounting and deliver high-quality financial information. You will become an advisor and expert in respect of VAT and take responsibility for the annual audit.

You will secure close co-operation with other members of the financial and sales team and possess good interpersonal skills.

Your Responsibilities

  • Financial accounting: You will produce and analyse year-end financial accounts; liaise with the company’s auditors, production of statutory accounts and file returns.
  • Management accounting: You will work with the Commercial Finance Manager to produce annual budgets and five-year rolling estimates and are responsible for monthly management accounts/reporting and ad-hoc reports as required.
  • Accounting systems: You will review, update, and implement existing internal accounting systems, controls, and guidelines, and introduce new ones where appropriate to ensure they remain up to date, meet statutory requirements and protect both staff and the financial assets of the company.
  • Accounting & Subscription software: You will maintain computerised accounting and subscription software, ensuring the provision of adequate third-party support for the software, and upgrading the software where appropriate.
  • Expenditure control: You will monitor all company expenditure and highlight areas of concern to the Commercial Finance Manager.
  • Coordination of additional booking keeping support as necessary from time to time.
  • General ledger: You will maintain the general ledger, setting up new accounts and cost centres when required, ensuring reconciliation of control accounts, and ensuring correct allocation of expenditure to cost centres.
  • Banking: You must ensure adequate funds are available to meet expenditure requirements in liaison with Commercial Finance Manager, and in liaison with the company’s bankers.
  • VAT: You will review the monthly VAT returns prior to submission and provide advice on compliance with VAT regulations as necessary.
  • Payroll: You will generate monthly payroll, including any changes and completion of year-end returns to HMRC.
  • Pension, death in service and long-term disability insurance: You will submit returns in respect of the company’s group personal pension scheme, death in service and long-term disability policies.
  • Certificates: You will be responsible for applying for and maintaining various certificates, e.g., SAM, Certificate of Residence, and Tax Clearance Certificate. Overseeing requests for W8-BEN-E.
  • Providing cover in the absence of the Accounts Assistants, including:
    • Purchase ledger: Accurate processing of all supplier invoices and their regular payment.
    • Sales Ledger: Prompt raising of invoices, processing of receipts and credit control.
    • Banking: Managing the company’s current bank accounts, including credit cards.
    • Open access sales: Monthly reconciliation and posting of CCC invoices/payments.
  • You will also be involved in any other activities related to financial management.
  • You will maintain and update HR software to ensure all records are complete and accurate.
  • You will review and update of Grant reporting software when funds have been transferred.
  • You will review all payments generated before submission to Senior Managers.

Your Skills and Experience

  • You are a fully qualified Chartered or Certificated accountant, ideally with at least 5 years of experience in a commercial environment and a working knowledge of VAT requirements. Please note that candidates in Public Practice will be considered that look after clients in the Charity sector.
  • You will understand finance in the charity sector and experience in Charity Commission requirements, e.g., SORP.
  • You have a sound understanding of budgetary management and control within an organisation, including the preparation of management accounts.
  • You can work independently and on your own initiative within a team environment, with a commitment to achieve goals and deadlines, and resolve issues quickly.
  • You have high attention to detail and thoroughness in work processes. You are good at listening to and following instructions.
  • You have experience in the use of computer systems including accounts packages, internet applications, excel and word packages.
  • You possess strong oral and written communication skills and can explain financial issues clearly to all levels of staff, including non-financial staff.
  • You have experience in line management and can lead, motivate, and develop a team.
  • You have a high level of motivation and enthusiasm.
  • You have evidence of continued professional development.

This is a small company and the individual appointed will be expected to be ‘hands-on’.

Remuneration and Reward

  • Base Salary – Up to £50,000
  • Hybrid working – 50% at Home, 50% in the Office
  • 27 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • 8% Pension (Employee Contribution is Optional)

Working hours for this position are 37.5 per week with a 30-minute lunch per day. Start and finish times are flexible and can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

For further information on this exciting new Accountant position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

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