Finance Manager

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£46,000 p.a.

The Church of England is the largest single provider of education in England with one million students attending 4,700 Church of England schools.

The Church of England’s Vision for Education outlines our core purpose in education as we seek to be deeply Christian, serving the common good. This vision is complemented by the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership which focus our national efforts on developing educational leaders for the future.

We now seek to build capacity across the Education Office so that “developing leaders, shaping policy, and creating capacity” form an integrated strategy for the church’s national work in education.

This work is a vital part of the mission of the Church of England and sits at the heart of the objectives of the Archbishops' Council.

Following the appointment of a new Deputy Chief Education Officer (Operations), this is an exciting time to join our welcoming and innovative team.

As Finance Manager, you will oversee the delivery of:

  • accurate and timely management reporting for the National Society and the Education department of the Archbishops’ Council
  • technical compliance and best practice financial accounting for the National Society
  • effective and efficient financial transaction processes that meet agreed service levels
  • effective internal controls and compliance

A self-motivated finance professional with strong business acumen and experience of delivering operational change projects, you will be passionate about demonstrating best practice, developing and growing our financial accounting and reporting capacity.

With excellent interpersonal skills and an engaging approach, you will develop effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and work collaboratively, to ensure consistently high standards of service for our customers.

Hours of work - up to 35 hours per week (flexible working / reduced hours available with further discussion welcome at interview)

in return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, flexible working opportunities (can be discussed at interview), generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions, and an extremely attractive non contributory pension scheme.

Interviews will be held w/c 10th December 2018

The Role :

Financial Accounting

  • Deliver statutory accounts for the National Society and associated Board and Committee reports, in line with applicable timetables and regulatory requirements
  • Keep up-to-date with relevant legislation (including but not limited to UK GAAP, Charity SORP, etc.) and best practice external reporting, to ensure that the National Society’s statutory reporting is fit for purpose
  • Provision of guidance and technical accounting support as required
  • Manage the relationship with external auditors and other professional advisors

Management reporting

  • Develop and deliver regular management reporting and management information
  • Work closely with the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Ops) and other DCEOs to formulate a robust comprehensive budget and well-informed forecasts at key points in the reporting cycle
  • Work closely with the Finance Business Partner – Archbishops’ Council to ensure that the Education department’s management reporting is accurate and timely, and contribute to the Archbishops’ Council’s budgeting and forecasting cycles.

Transaction processing & cash management

  • Ensure financial systems and processes are well-documented, including ensuring that financial controls are well-designed and implemented
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, identifying ways to drive efficiency through redesign and development of financial processes, implementing new solutions where applicable
  • Develop, maintain and agree service level definitions for transaction processing teams
  • Identify and report on appropriate key performance indicators to monitor compliance with service level agreements and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Ensure effective cash management, including the development and production of relevant cash flow forecasting and reporting as required by each entity
  • Manage short term investments, including identifying opportunities, producing relevant analysis and reporting, and ensuring compliance with treasury policies

Internal controls and compliance

  • Ensure all income and expenditure (including capital expenditure) is correctly accounted for within a robust control environment
  • Management of the balance sheet, including reporting against budget/forecast, and completion of relevant control procedures such as balance sheet reconciliations
  • Ensure the smooth, well-controlled and timely delivery of month end and year end close, working across the Finance administrators to develop and improve this in line with best-practice methodology
  • Develop and deliver compliance reporting to ensure adherence with financial control procedures and data quality requirements, including for example, reporting on retrospective purchase orders, staff and volunteer expenses, corporate credit cards etc
  • Ensure adherence to policies, including but not limited to Journals, Expenses, Corporate Cards, Anti-fraud, Gifts & hospitality etc. ensuring these are reviewed and maintained regularly
  • Promote enhanced financial literacy and financial accountability across the department, delivering relevant training to staff as required

Collaborative working

  • Work with relevant parties to ensure that the finance systems (SAGE and SAP) are being used effectively, including taking full advantage of available system functionality and ensuring that data structures (including the chart of accounts and reporting hierarchies) are optimised to facilitate effective internal and external reporting
  • Work with the Finance Business Partner for the Archbishops’ Council, and the wider NCI Finance Team to ensure that the Education department complies with NCI policies and procedures, and to support internal and external financial reporting and planning
  • Work to improve data quality in the Finance systems, in relation to both income and expenditure, as well as supplier record management
  • Work closely with other members of the Education Office, lead and facilitate the resolution of finance issues, and ensure that pertinent financial information (relating to processes and deliverables) is appropriately shared with relevant individuals.
  • Ensure that issues and key information are escalated to the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Operations) in a timely fashion.
  • Facilitate departmental improvement projects from a finance perspective
  • Maintain effective working relationships with the wider Church


  • Deputise for the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Operations) as required
  • Undertake relevant business continuity planning and risk management activities for the core operational aspects of the Finance function
  • Promote effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, the latter including Investment Brokers, External Auditors and other key suppliers

The Requirements for the Role :



  • Ability to enhance and manage financial systems strategically
  • Excellent IT skills including advanced Excel and data manipulation skills: Excel, Word and Outlook are essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised and able to manage competing priorities to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach; able to achieve cooperation and results from others despite not line managing t hem directly
  • Strong finance system skills, with a good understanding of data structures and chart of accounts optimisation


  • Experience gained from working as a financial professional covering all aspects statutory reporting for a large organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing and improving financial systems and processes
  • Experience of facilitating change initiatives
  • Able to motivate, empower, and support colleagues to enable success within the department, especially where this pertains to finance
  • Good understanding of best practice financial processing techniques and up-to-date with relevant technology solutions
  • Experience of producing reporting at CEO and Trustee Board level


  • Professional accounting body qualification (e.g CIMA, ACCA, ACA) or significant proven experience gained from a similar position (QBE)

Desirable :

  • SAGE and SAP experience
  • Project management experience

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.