Senior Finance Officer

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Jubilee House, Southwell
£33290 - £35850

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a finance professional to work in the Finance team at the Diocesan Offices in Southwell. The successful candidate will have responsibility for all month end accounting routines, and will provide reliable and accurate monthly management accounts to a tight timescale. They will also be expected to provide ad hoc reports as required, and to assist with year end accounts preparation.

Closing Date 12noon on Friday 24 May 2019 / Interview 6/7 June 2019

Principal Responsibilities (including limits of responsibility):

  • Preparation of monthly management accounts for review by Director of Finance
  • Reconciliation of all control accounts in computerized accounting software, including bank accounts and parish share reports
  • Distribution of parish share reports to third parties
  • Preparation of ad hoc financial statements for third parties
  • Preparation of any financial reports & analysis as required
  • Preparation of year end working papers for audit
  • Reconciliation of Trust accounts
  • Provision of absence cover for Finance Office staff.
  • Any other duties that could reasonably be expected of the holder of this post

Principal Tasks:

  • Preparation of key monthly departmental management accounts and reports.
  • Preparation of working papers in support of statutory annual financial statements and some liaison with external auditors
  • Reconciliation of returns on investments, including rents from land and buildings, cash deposit interest and all other income receivable.
  • Reconciliation of all other income.
  • Monitoring cash flow and payments through the electronic banking facility.
  • Maintenance of Fixed Asset Register, accounting for acquisitions and disposals of asset, supervising the annual internal audit of assets.
  • Review of monthly payroll once completed by the Finance Officer (Payments).
  • Accounting for lay staff salaries and expenses and ensuring completion of all statutory returns including PAYE, NICs and of all other statutory payments and pension contributions.
  • Review and submit movement forms for clergy payroll and review reports issued by clergy payroll department
  • Administration of the TNT pension scheme.
  • Preparation of TNT’s annual financial statements
  • Preparation of the Clergy Widows financial statements
  • Administration of the trust accounts, including banking of income & reconciliation of trust investments
  • Direct bank payments including Wind FX and Ordinands grants
  • Production of monthly timesheets
  • Assigned Fees review and dealing with queries from parishes
  • Minute taking for the Finance Committee and Inter-Deanery Finance Forum meetings
  • Preparation of annual trust statements to parishes as directed by the Director of Finance
  • Preparation of any other reports and account reconciliations as required by the Director of Finance
  • Attendance at meetings as and when required.

Relevant Qualifications and Experience required:

  • recognised accountancy qualification or be qualified by experience
  • a high degree of commitment, responsibility and self motivation.
  • emotional intelligence and relational skills
  • ability to delegate work appropriately, especially through the Finance Officers
  • practical experience in the fields of management accounting and computerised accounting systems
  • effective communication skills in a wide variety of contexts, having the ability to use IT for research and presentation.
  • be willing and able to travel within the diocese and occasionally further afield.

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 ( with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

Click here to find out more about our work