Finance Assistant - Payroll and Outsourcing

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Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England Birmingham diocese, founded in 1905, is one of 41 dioceses in England. It covers an area of nearly 300 square miles, and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. In these churches are clergy and church-goers representing a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity. In addition we manage 155 residential properties for clergy housing.

1 Colmore Row in central Birmingham houses the diocesan and cathedral offices of the Church of England Birmingham. The offices act as a resource centre supporting the cathedral and the parishes of the diocese and their communities. It is here that the Finance Team is based. The Finance team as part of its commitment to supporting parishes operates a payroll bureau service that monthly pays approximately 500 people across 80 employers. It also provides financial management, book keeping and fund raising support services to a range of charitable organisations.

We are looking for a Finance Assistant who will support the further development of the financial management and payroll services we offer to parishes and other charitable organisations.

·Preparation of the monthly payrollfor payrollbureau usersand organisationssuch as Birmingham Cathedral for whom we provide outsourced financial management services, together with the associated finance system journals for review by Finance Manager - Parish Services & Outsourcing. Preparation and processing of recharge invoices for payroll bureau clients

·First point of contact for payroll bureau clients and their employees.

·Assist the Finance Manager – Parish Services and Outsourcing in the day to day processing of transactions for Birmingham Cathedral and the charity - Thrive Together Birmingham

·Day to day accounting for CIGB (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull) and preparation of management accounts for review by the Finance Manager – Parish Services and Outsourcing

·Day to day contact for parishes regarding BDTR (Birmingham Diocesan Trustees Registered)and processing of transaction and reports for the BDTR trustees

·Provide support to the Finance Manager – Parish Services and Outsourcing in connection with parishfinance supportprojects , including practical training for parish treasurers in their role and stewardship/fund raising best practice

·AAT qualified or equivalent preferred (but not essential)

·Significant experience of payroll processing

·Significant experience of bookkeeping and financial processes

·Experience of dealing with charities and fund accounting would be desirable

·Highly organised, focusedand self-motivated

·Ability to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines

·Methodical approach with attention to detail to ensure accuracy of postings

·Team player in essentially a small team and willing to lend a hand where needed

·“Can do “ attitude

·Approachable style and manner

·Customer focused

·Some experience of presentations would be desirable but a willingness to learn and develop within the role isessential

·Highly IT literate, with excellent excel skills

·In sympathy with the ministry and mission of the Church of England


This is a full-time post: 35 hours per week

Salary: £24,000

Pension: Membership of the Church Workers Pension scheme with 12% employer contributions

Holidays: 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays plus 3 additional Diocesan Discretionary Days

The post holder will report to the Finance Manager – Parish Services & Outsourcing

The employer is the BDBF (Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance)


Deadline for Applications: 22nd October 2019

Interviews: 31st October 2019