Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.
The Finance department is a shared services function working across the NCIs to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective finance service to each organisation, and helping to co-ordinate joint projects where appropriate. The Finance department is on a change journey, transforming the way we work and the service we provide to the NCIs. This role will sit within the Financial Accounting and Control team and is focussed on maintaining a robust internal control environment, alongside two other Financial Accounting Officers.
The Financial Accounting Officers are primarily responsible for delivering timely, accurate and controlled period-end processes, monitoring and reconciling the NCIs’ general ledger accounts, and managing payments and payment facilities. Working with the support of the Financial Processing and Finance Business Partnering teams, the FCOs support the NCIs by maintaining accurate and efficient processing, ensuring the integrity and reliability of financial controls, and thereby enabling timely financial information to be provided to budget holders and other stakeholders and statutory reporting obligations to be met.
As a Financial Accounting Officer you will support the Financial Accounting and Control team to maintain a robust internal control environment, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledger and monitoring compliance. You will be working under the guidance of the Financial Accounting and Control Manager, while also working collaboratively with the rest of the Finance Accounting and Control team. The aim will be to develop a high-quality finance service to the NCIs, including best practice external reporting, robust balance sheet controls and compliance, timely and accurate period-end processes, and effective banking and cash management.
You will have a good understanding of double-entry bookkeeping and basic accounting adjustments and will be looking to develop your core accounting skills within a supportive team environment. You will be a confident Excel user and be able to quickly manipulate high volumes of data efficiently and build reports which can be quickly and easily produced. You will also have good attention to detail, able to identify anomalies and issues, and adopt a thorough and diligent approach to resolving them.
As an effective communicator, you will be able to explain financial issues to non-finance staff and to help people to use financial information well. You will deliver relevant training and support across departments to help improve financial literacy and ensure compliance with relevant financial control procedures. You will be someone who is always looking to improve processes and worker smarter, collaborating with your finance colleagues to drive best practice in everything we do.
Balance Sheet Control
Management of the balance sheet reconciliation process for all NCIs with reference to value, importance, timeliness and sensitivity of GL accounts, including but not limited to:
Process and System Improvements
Management of the GL close process to ensure the ledger is complete and closed on a timely basis, including but not limited to:
Banking and Cash Management
Management and operation of all payments systems and processes, including BACS, online banking, foreign payments, and cheque banking, including but not limited to:
Financial Reporting, Controls and Compliance
Provision of support to the Financial Accountants in the preparation of statutory returns and compliance reporting, including:
Process and System Improvements
Work to maximise efficiency and minimise administrative duplication wherever possible, including:
performing reconciliations, accounts payable or receivable, preparing accounting journal adjustments, and familiarity with banking systems and payment controls.
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