Finance Manager (UK)

Type of role
Location United Kingdom
Salary £45,000 Per Annum
Contract type Permanent
Full Time 35 hours per week
Application Closing Date
Interview date ASAP
Start date ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified accountant with good technical skills and a ‘can-do’ attitude who is seeking to develop their management skills. The primary focus of this role is to manage the UK office (Kingston) finance operations team, responsible for supplier, volunteer and staff payments and ensuring compliance with accurate and timely external reporting, accounting regulations and UK tax requirements.

In return VSO offers:

• A friendly and supportive office environment
• Opportunities for flexible working and working from home
• Generous annual leave of 37 days (inclusive of public holidays)
• Competitive pension with Scottish Widows (matched at 5%)
• Cycle to work scheme
• Free parking
• Professional development
• Employee and Volunteer Assistance Programme offering free, confidential support and guidance on a wide range of topics from money matters to legal issues, as well as counselling and a helpline.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• A fully qualified accountant with a recognised qualification (ACCA, ACA, CIMA, CPA)
• Technical accounting skills, especially in relation to statutory accounting.
• Sound knowledge of Charity specific accounting, VAT, taxation and other compliance requirements.
• Strong analytical skills and highly numerate.
• Strong IT skills, including accounting and reporting packages and especially Excel.
• Experience of identifying and implementing process, system and control improvements.
• Hands-on, pro-active approach to working; proven to be detail-oriented.
• Experience of effectively managing and developing staff (directly preferred)
• Experience of building relationships with and managing internal and external stakeholders.
• Experience of business partnering non-finance colleagues.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Effective influencing and networking skills.
• Ability to adapt communication style (e.g. to explain financial information to non-financial staff in a clear and concise way).
• Commitment to VSO’s mission and values.
• Experience of the not for profit sector.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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