Staff Vacancies

Finance Officer

Job Title: Finance Officer
Hours: Part Time / Permanent – 10 hours per week (with an additional 2 hours a week in the first three months to help induction)
Salary: £9,907 per annum (£19 per hour) (pro-rata of £37,151 FTE for a 37.5 hour week)
Location: Guild Cottages, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire (with some working from home)
Reporting to: The Chief Officer
Accountable to: The Board of Trustees

New Year, new challenge? As an experienced Finance Officer you will provide strategic financial information to Municipal Charities. We run five almshouses and the Relief in Need Charity in Stratford upon Avon.

We are seeking an experienced Finance Officer to provide strategic financial information to the staff team and the Trustee body of Municipal Charities. Municipal Charities is a very long-established group of charities whose objects are to provide housing for local people in need and over 58 years old. In addition to 46 individual properties, the oldest of which dates back to a Royal Charter granted in 1553, the Group also operates a grant-making charity for the benefit (Relief in Need) of residents of the Town of Stratford upon Avon. Additionally, the Group owns a small portfolio of freehold interests in commercial properties. The Group is looking to expand further in terms of more almshouses, as opportunities present themselves. The Trustees are looking for a Finance Officer to support the Group moving forward into the next chapter of its 468-year history.

The Finance Officer has the following specific responsibilities:

  • Financial oversight and providing financial information to the Board of Trustees
  • Entering all transactions onto the SAGE accounts package
  • Producing monthly management accounts including accruals and cash flow statements
  • Producing annual budgets
  • Producing annual accruals accounts ensuring that they are compliant with the current Charities SORP
  • Dealing efficiently and effectively with all invoices and bills, obtaining authorisations as required and obtaining counter-signatures as required
  • Dealing with banking issues and initiating online bank transactions and being a cheque signatory
  • Co-ordinating the bank accounts and arranging for online payments
  • Undertaking bank and other monthly reconciliations
  • Acting as an internal resource for financial information, budget monitoring, internal audit and accountability
  • Processing and paying staff salaries
  • Maintaining the petty-cash system and processing staff expenses
  • Making adjustments as required between the various charities
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures, controls and risk management procedures are in place
  • Helping to manage the portfolio of freehold property interests to maximise their value for the owning charity and its beneficiaries.
  • Helping the Finance and Risk Committee to develop and implement appropriate accounting, reserves and investment policies for the Charities

The Charities are regulated by the Charity Commission and the Regulator of Social Housing. The post-holder will be expected to help ensure compliance with current and future legislation. Working closely with the relevant professionals and advisors is central to discharging these duties.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Financial experience working at a senior level as an accountant, book keeper in the public, private or charity sectors including experience of reporting to a Board.
  • Awareness of the charity SORP 2015
  • Experience in producing management accounts
  • Excellent understanding of financial accounts and budgeting
  • Experience of preparing accruals accounts
  • Experience of using SAGE or another accounts package
  • Experience of Office procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of payroll packages such as 12Pay
  • Knowledge of investment
  • Knowledge of the almshouse movement is desirable, as is an understanding of the social care sector and issues facing older people

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is able to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and standards, and someone with extensive life experience and a desire to “give something back”. You will have the ability to work on your own initiative, be able to give financial guidance and advice to the staff team and Trustee Board to keep the charities financially compliant and viable. 

Further information about Municipal Charities can be found on our website www.municipal-charities.org.uk Recent annual accounts for Municipal Charities (214958) are available on the Charity Commission website which also provide more information on the history, trustees and modus operandi, including the committee structure.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please visit https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/finance-officer/727840?tsId=8 for an application form, a full job description, person specification and other relevant documents.

If you wish to discuss the position further do contact the Chief Officer, William Clemmey, on 07922 508913 or at chiefofficer@municharities.org.uk  

Please submit completed application forms by noon on 19 February to the Clerk to the Trustees at clerk@municharities.org.uk  or by post to the Clerk to the Trustees, Municipal Charities of Stratford upon Avon, 6 Guild Cottages, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HD.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 03 March and we hope the successful candidate will be able to start on 01 May 2021 with a two month handover period.

Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and the successful candidate inducted remotely, and whilst the Government lock-down restrictions are in place, the entire job role is to be delivered remotely from home. Once operating restrictions ease, the Trustees would expect the post-holder to visit Guild Cottages in Stratford upon Avon on a regular basis.