Head of Finance - Birmingham Cathedral

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£24,324 (£40,000 FTE)

Birmingham Cathedral Chapter are excited to be in a position to appoint to the new post of Head of Finance. Chapter are moving this function ‘in-house’ following a period of many successful years where this function was undertaken as part of a Service Level Agreement with Birmingham Diocese. In recent years, the Cathedral has turned a corner with finances, moving in a positive direction. With the opportunities in the coming years (post COVID recovery and charity commission registration most specifically) we are looking for a new member of the Cathedral team to work with the senior management team, heads of department and Finance committee to support through these processes.

We are seeking a colleague who understands the vital role that well-managed finances play in an organisation, whilst at the same time having the vision and enthusiasm to work creatively with the team to deliver Chapter’s shared objectives.

An empathy for the ethos of the Church of England is vital in this role.


  • Support Chapter and CEO to move to 3 year budgeting cycle, working closely with Heads of Department to understand departmental budgets.
  • Reviewing current financial systems and implementing new financial processes.
  • Work with the Chair of Finance Committee to prepare for and support the quarterly meetings of that committee.
  • Work with Chapter to meet all its financial obligations. In particular it is expected that the Finance Director will take an active lead in the forthcoming charity commission registration.
  • Work with Chief Executive to periodically review the restricted funds held by Chapter and report on possible management and spending approach.
  • Oversight of Cathedral’s payroll arrangements (currently undertaken through DBF) ensuring all legal and HMRC requirements are being met.
  • Any other duties to support the CEO and Chapter in the smooth operation of the cathedral. Depending on experience this may involve line management or project oversight to support future plans.


  • Prepare and submit annual yearly budgets to assist Chapter to plan and fulfil its objectives for the coming year.
  • Complete quarterly partial exemption VAT returns and submit online.
  • Ensure the recording of regular giving and the timely claiming of gift aid. Supporting wider staff team with acknowledging and supporting donors.
  • Monitor Chapter’s finances and cashflow throughout the year and alert Chapter if any difficulties are likely.
  • Prepare and present monthly financial reports to Chapter. These should include Income and Expenditure, Cash Flows and Balance Sheet/Statement of Assets and Liabilities. These should be shown against the budget.
  • Prepare the annual financial statements for approval by Chapter and submission to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, ensuring that they comply with current Charity Commission requirements.
  • Support with fundraising applications and regular reporting / submission to Church Commissioners.


  • Preparation of monthly management accounts and supporting evidence files with full fund accounting.
  • Reconcile monthly bank statements.
  • Maintain the full function of sales ledger, purchase ledger and credit control.
  • Record all financial transactions carried out to include ensuring received income is recorded and banked in accordance with procedures and payment of all items of expenditure in accordance with procedures.

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£24,324 (£40,000 FTE)


8% Employer’s Contributory Pension subject to meeting auto enrolment criteria

Office Accommodation


Working time

22.5 hours (flexibility essential) Some evening and weekends


17 days (28 FTE) plus bank holidays


Reasonable expenses incurred in the course of executing duties will be reimbursed.

Disclosure and Barring (DBS)Service check

This role will be subject to a confidential declaration

Probationary period

Role subject to a 6 month probationary period

Deadline for Applications: Friday 22 October 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on Tuesday 16 November 2021