Finance Manager

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York Place, Leeds

The Finance Manager will play a vital role in leading the work of the Finance team in one of the largest dioceses in the country.

The Diocese of Leeds covers an area of 2,425 square miles and houses a population of around 2.6 million. The Diocese has a turnover of over £20m and a Balance Sheet in excess of £200m, and has a clear and ambitious five year financial plan. The organisation has an exciting strategy of ‘Confident Christians, Growing Churches, Transforming Communities’, which is the focus of our work as we move forwards.

This is a permanent full-time post working 35 hours per week.

Additional benefits include:

  • 8% non-contributory pension (+ up to 5% matched contribution), flexi-time scheme, hybrid working (50%), 30 days Annual Leave + Bank holidays + Customary days (4 days per year between Christmas and New Year)

For more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Geoff Park, Chief Financial Officer on 0113 3530 298 / email:

The closing date for the vacancy is midnight Sunday 11 July 2021

Interviews will take place on 20/21 July 2021

The Diocese of Leeds is a Living Wage Employer.

Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer the key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Preparation of monthly management accounts, including reforecasts together with balance sheet and fund reconciliations.
  • Preparation of the draft year end statutory accounts in accordance with the Charities SORP; liaison with the auditors; completion of final accounts for publication.
  • Preparation of annual budgets including supporting budget holders with their individual budget submissions.
  • Oversight and management of the main nominal ledger.
  • Review and authorisation of supplier payments and payroll.
  • Daily management of cash flow requirements.
  • Management of investment holdings.
  • Management and supervision of the Finance Team (4 FT).

To be successful in this role, you will need to be a fully qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/ACMA), with excellent communication skills and an analytical approach. You will have proven technical expertise in both financial and management accounting, including statutory accounts preparation. You will have a good working knowledge of budgeting and cash flow forecasting and experience of managing small teams. Ideally you will have experience working within a charity finance function of a multi-million pound turnover organisation but this is not essential.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information.

The Diocese of Leeds is a Living Wage Employer and represents the Church of England across the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham.