Finance Manager

Location: Durham
Job Reference:N/A
Salary:£32,000k - £37,000k base + commission + excellent benefits + remote working

The Client

Our client is a leading Charitable organisation based in County Durham.

They work locally and nationally transforming lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, helping people gain confidence and skills.

With a relatively new finance team and new system going live in April. We are looking for the right finance person who can support the Finance Director and coach and mentor a small finance team of four. Ultimately to become the “go to” team for stakeholders.

The Opportunity

For this Finance Manager position, you will primarily play a key role in effective financial management and ensure the new finance systems bed in (Sage 200 to Sage Intact). Also, you will look at compliance with their statutory and funding needs.

You will lead the team and be responsible for day-to-day financial activities. Meeting with other members of the Executive Team, staff, programme partners, funders and other stakeholders to deliver a high standard of work. You will be communicating complex financial information to a diverse audience, producing and explaining detailed reports.

Key responsibilities:

Some of the key responsibilities for this successful person would be but no limited to:

  • Ensure accurate and timely financial management information is prepared and communicated effectively to staff, management and the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensure effective financial control, management and accountability throughout the Trust
  • Line management of the four-person finance team, working to continuously develop
  • Produce accurate and timely monthly management accounts, reports and forecasts
  • Prepare statutory annual accounts and be the lead contact for auditors.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual and three-year budget
  • Oversee the day-to-day financial systems including sales ledger, purchase ledger, nominal ledger, cash flow, petty cash, project management, bank reconciliations.
  • Ensure that ledgers and balance sheet accounts are accurate and reconciled in a timely manner
  • Ensure an effective competent and timely payroll is process and liaise with HR staff, assisting with the resolution of payroll queries, including liaison with external agencies, including HMRC and the completion of any associated documentation.
  • Support with preparation of monthly pension’s deductions summary.
  • Ensure that all pension payments are processed on a timely basis and liaise with the pension provider and advisor
  • Ensure that the correct VAT is applied to all income and expenditure, and prepare quarterly VAT returns
  • Produce quarterly reports on finance and performance measures to the organisation
  • Communicate with all Trust staff to ensure there is a high level of awareness of the requirements of financial control and management throughout the Trust. 

The Candidate:

The successful Finance Manager person will be/have:

  • You will be a Part Qualified (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) or Qualified by experience
  • Proven experience of working within a finance function
  • Experience in leading a finance team
  • Experience of managing and processing grant claims and associated procedures
  • Experience in producing and submission of VAT returns
  • Experience of Sage 200 financial software package
  • Experience of producing budgets, forecasts, management accounts and statutory accounts
  • Ability to produce and deliver complex financial information in a logical, user-friendly way
  • Knowledge and understanding of a payroll provision
  • Strong attention to detail and able to produce work at a high level of accuracy with excellent planning and organisation skills
  • Committed to the provision and improvement of a quality service provision
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively and positively with people at all levels in a friendly manner
  • Ability to work on own initiative, taking responsibility for task delivery to time and maintaining accuracy, only referring matters upwards as necessary.
  • Integrity and commitment to good governance
  • Excellent (Microsoft Corporate Applications) IT skills including advanced knowledge and integration of MS Excel with financial reports


  • Competitive salary
  • 37 hours a week, 1 hour lunch
  • 25 days holiday, rising to 27 plus bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies to support work/life balance including hybrid working
  • Business travel expenses
  • Access to a Cycle to work scheme
  • Staff life insurance scheme
  • On-site parking
  • Participation in a committed, competent and cooperative team
  • Fast decision making, inclusive work environment
  • Responsive and friendly colleagues
  • Pension Scheme (% by the client)

They have big ambitions for the future – and therefore want to speak to the right individuals with the right energy and values to take them there.

Please contact for a confidential discussion

Your Consultants

Andrew McLeod
Senior Recruitment Consultant
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