VOLUNTARY FINANCE DIRECTOR (approximately half a day per week)


The Finance Director, with the Chair and Board of Directors, will lead on agreeing the overall budget, communication of on-going charity finances and be responsible for ensuring the effective working of the charity and compliance with all its statutory requirements.

The Finance Director will be supported by and work alongside the Finance Officer who is responsible for day to day financial activities including bookkeeping, invoicing, banking and reconciliations.

The Finance Director will work with the senior management team and Standing Committee to monitor budgets.

The Finance Director will work with the Head of Development to ensure that contractual and grant funding financial management requirements are met including producing financial reports.

The Finance Director will liaise with the auditor at the year-end, or when required


  • Provide sound financial advice to the Board of Directors and other senior management;
  • Assist the Chair of the Board and the senior management team to meet all legal and financial requirements of the charity, ensuring full compliance with Charities Act, Companies Act (in line with SORP regulations) and all regulations and procedures;
  • Work with the Chair of the Board to prepare annual budgets and forecasts for approval by the Board of Directors;
  • Ensure that the appropriate vision and processes are in place to ensure the long-term financial viability of the charity, and advise directors on the financial consequences of proposed actions;
  • Assist the Head of Development with the financial aspects of grant/contract applications
  • Incorporate budget with cash flow management.
  • Prepare monthly financial and management reports on a timely basis for the Standing Committee
  • Attend the Standing Committee and help with advice to guide and support organisational strategy.
  • With the senior management team and Finance Officer, oversee all income and expenditure.
  • Prepare consolidated accounts, acting as the main contact with the auditors.
  • Manage cash flow in conjunction the senior management team
  • Oversee all payments, direct debits income and Gift Aid claims
  • Use the accounting package for financial reporting (currently QuickBooks Pro 13)
  • Ensure that payroll is processed on a timely basis, liaising with the payroll outsourcer where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all pension payments are processed on a timely basis and correctly allocated on the database, liaising with the pension provider
  • Ensure preparation and submission of quarterly VAT returns, invoicing and monthly transaction processing
  • Ensure that invoicing and monthly transactions have been correctly entered on the system
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Charity
  • Ensure financial policies and procedures are up to date
  • Ensure appropriate risk management techniques and financial controls are embedded throughout the charity at strategic and operational levels
  • Produce quarterly Management Accounts
Essential Desirable
  • A commitment to the voluntary sector
  • A commitment to equality and diversity
Education, skills and Knowledge
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP
  • Good IT skills
  • Understanding of Payroll function
  • Good written and oral communication skills; confident and clear presentation manner
  • Ability to communicate financial information in an appropriate manner for non-financial people.
  • Qualified accountant status (ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) or MAAT or equivalent
  • Financial and management reporting within a medium sized organisation
  • Preparation of year-end statutory accounts including liaising with auditors
  • Computerized Finance packages
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts
  • Financial management in the charitable/voluntary sector
  • QuickBooks
  • Gift Aid
  • Processing payroll


Expressions of interest should be sent to the Chair of the Board, Nicholas Clews, by Monday 6th March 2017, on 01274 662735, 07985 091748 or n.clews@sky.com

N Clews

8th February 2017