Finance Officer of the Palace

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  • To manage the Bishop’s Official Expenses Account and the budget from the Church Commissioners, including liaison with the Suffragan Bishops of Horsham and Lewes concerning their respective expenses and budgets.
  • To serve as Clerk to the Bishop Otter Trust
  • To serve as Clerk to the Mother Agnes Trust
  • To manage other bank accounts and minor charities as directed by the Bishop.
  • To oversee the day to day management of The Palace building in conjunction with Savills
  • To manage the development of The Palace site
  • To oversee all bookings of the Sherborne Room, the Bishop’s Chapel and the Bishop’s Kitchen
  • To oversee the process of granting clergy Permission to Officiate within the Diocese

The main responsibilities for this role are;

  • To oversee the financial administration of the Official Expenses budget. The total allocation is set by the Church Commissioners and then devolved to each diocesan bishop for dispersal between the needs of the Diocesan and the Suffragan Bishops. The Finance Officer is responsible for the administration of this allocation and quarterly accounting to the Commissioners for how it is spent.
  • To oversee the day to day maintenance of The Palace, in consultation with the agent appointed by the Church Commissioners for this purpose (currently a surveyor with Savills Winchester office). The Finance Officer undertakes this role in close collaboration with the Bishop directly or through the Senior Chaplain or equivalent head of staff.
  • To ensure the future of The Palace as the official residence of the bishop of Chichester and its primary availability for the Bishop’s ministry.
  • To develop appropriate commercial use of The Palace, maximizing income without detriment to The Palace’s primary purpose.
  • To serve as clerk to the Bishop Otter Trust including but not limited to attendance at University of Chichester OGACC (Otter Gallery, Archives and Collections Committee) meetings and liaison with the stockbroker concerning the investment portfolio, its investment strategies and outcomes.

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The ideal candidate must have;


  • Educated to degree level

Knowledge/ Experience

  • Proven competence in accountancy and bookkeeping.
  • A knowledge of investments.
  • An understanding of and sympathy with the Christian ministry of the Bishop of Chichester and the Church of England.
  • Experience of working in an environment requiring a high level of confidentiality and with information of a sensitive nature.

Skills/ Aptitudes

  • Have an ability to understand Sage (or similar) accounting programmes and be prepared to undertake training as appropriate.
  • Experience of meeting deadlines and targets and managing the workload without intensive supervision.
  • Ability to work and remain calm under pressure.
  • Proven communication skills, both oral and written, plus a confident and helpful telephone manner in the capacity of a front of house person representing the Bishop of Chichester.

Please see job description for full ideal candidates