Finance Officer, Southwark Cathedral

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We are looking for a dynamic, flexible Finance Officer to join our small, friendly team, contributing to the life of one of Bankside’s most distinctive heritage landmarks.

As the Finance Officer, you will support the Finance Director with the financial management of the Cathedral including responsibility for the accounts of the Cathedral’s trading subsidiary.

Your demonstrable experience of using Sage Line 50 software to record all financial transactions, and Sage Payroll for the staff payroll function will be an asset to the team. There would also be a responsibility for undertaking all associated work on VAT and PAYE returns to HMRC.

If you can evidence your experience as a Finance Officer/Accounts Assistant, particularly in a small to medium sized company, it would be great to hear from you. Your thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures will be essential to your success in this role.

An accounting qualification such as AAT or ACCA is an essential requirement.

Please see the attached guidance for completing your supporting statement as showing evidence of meeting the requested criteria will form part of your application.

The closing date for this vacancy is Thursday, 23rd August 2018.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place during the first week in September.

Finance tasks

  • To keep the books of SCE Ltd using Sage Line 50;
  • To produce quarterly management and financial accounts for SCE Ltd (including bank reconciliations);
  • Responsible for payment of purchase invoices and analysis of sales receipts for SCE Ltd
  • Responsible for the processing of purchase and sales invoices and ongoing reviewing and maintenance of the customer and supplier ledgers
  • To follow up outstanding invoices and alert the Finance Director to action needed to collect amounts due;
  • To ensure that monies received from shop takings are counted and prepared for collection by the cash courier company;
  • To assist in preparing VAT returns for the Southwark Cathedral group registration;
  • To assist the Finance Director in preparation for the annual financial audit;
  • To assist the Finance Director in monthly payroll administration;
  • To assist the Finance Director and Comptroller in drawing up the annual budget for SCE Ltd;
  • T complete the monthly gift aid returns;
  • To be the treasurer of two small connected charities: The Rectory Trustees and the All Hallows Hunt Trust, keeping the accounts, preparing end of year financial statements and submitting these to the Charity Commission and arranging independent examination where necessary.

Administrative tasks

  • To act as committee secretary for the Cathedral’s Finance Committee (normally seven meetings a year), issuing the agenda and papers, taking minutes and arranging the meetings;
  • To act as minute secretary for the Board of SCE Ltd (normally five meetings a year), issuing the agenda and papers, taking the minutes and arranging the meetings;
  • To act as correspondent to the Rectory Trustees and All Hallows Hunt Trust, arranging trustees meetings (normally one each per year), taking minutes and completing all statutory returns to the Charity Commission.

Other tasks

  • To produce ad hoc management information when requested;
  • To assist the Finance Director in negotiating contracts for office equipment (photocopiers, printers, franking machine) and ensuring contract papers and payments are in place for sign off by Comptroller;
  • To assist the Comptroller in managing rental leases for investment properties including liaising with tenants over rent and letting agents over tenancies.
  • Accounting qualification such as AAT or ACCA.
  • Proven experience as a Finance Officer, particularly in a small to medium-sized company
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures;
  • Ability to maintain processes and internal controls;
  • Experience of using Sage Line 50 accounting and payroll software;
  • Confident user of IT systems and software, (including Word, Access, Outlook);
  • Competent and regular user of Excel in the development and maintenance of spreadsheets, for producing financial data. Able to use a wide range of functions, and tools, with a desire to learn more using own initiative.
  • Able to work on own initiative and to plan and prioritise workload effectively;
  • Able to remain calm when under pressure at busy times of the year;
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to handle, and interpret, financial information for a non-financial audience;
  • A keen eye for detail and able to work quickly and accurately with large amounts of confidential information;
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise with a wide range of contacts and build and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Flexible and willing to work occasional evenings for meetings and events;
  • A good team player with ability to relate equally well to paid and voluntary staff;
  • Able to demonstrate sympathy with the aims and objectives of Southwark Cathedral and a real enthusiasm for helping the Cathedral achieve its ambitious fundraising targets;
  • Able to prove the right to work in the UK.

The Cathedral is situated on the south bank of the Thames adjacent to London Bridge in a largely business area. It is also a Parish Church. Only a small number of people are actually resident in the parish which comprises large commercial offices, two hospitals, the Cathedral Primary School and the Borough Market.

The local area has undergone tremendous change with the opening of the Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Footbridge and the Jubilee Line extension station at London Bridge as well as numerous other redevelopments including The Shard and re-developed London Bridge station.

The normal Sunday morning congregation is eclectic with the many visitors from all over the world. Sunday Evensong is Choral in the Anglican Tradition.