Senior Finance Manager (6256)

Watford, Hertfordshire/London and Hybrid

c£55,000 per annum

Permanent, Full-Time

We offer 29 days holiday plus public/bank holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, pension scheme where we contribute up to 7%, an employee discount portal and much more.

The Role:

In a very exciting chapter for Action for Children, we are driving strategy to utilise financial reporting expertise of SORP and FRS 102 to ensure the production of timely and accurate monthly accounting information to complete year end reporting.

In the role of Senior Finance Manager, you will be instrumental in delivering a clean audit report and to also develop and exercise a robust control environment and delivery of a high standard of service to all AFC business partners, managers and internal/external stakeholders.

You will also be the organisational lead on all VAT matters, including VAT reporting and accounting to ensure an optimised VAT position.

This is an exciting and challenging role where you will be given reign to exercise your full range of skills and expertise, deputising for the Head of Treasury and Finance Accounts and be given access to senior managers and directors.  There is a strong possibility for the right candidate to grow and develop in this national charity.

You will make a difference by:

- Leading on the production of monthly subsidiary financial statements format under SORP and FRS 102 and work closely with the Head of Treasury and Financial Accounting (HOTFA) to deliver the monthly balance sheet reconciliation and analysis to ensure a clean consolidated balance sheet.

- Leading on ensuring that AFC is compliant with any new changes to VAT legislation and also providing VAT training/induction to new staff.

- Providing advice on VAT treatment of new services/contracts/bids.

- Completing quarterly VAT returns, ensuring that VAT accounting and control accounts reconciliations are completed correctly and in a timely way to meet year end processes.

- Ensuring the day-to-day financial accounting of transactions are right first time through the provision of accurate, technical advice and guidance on financial accounting aspects of key transactions. To also review and manage the rolling monthly Cash Flow forecast process ensuring accuracy working with FP&A team and Treasury.

- Ensuring that a robust control environment surrounds the Financial Accounting framework and advice / recommendations from internal auditors are effectively integrated into the function.

- Assisting with the generation of accurate and timely Balance Sheet, Cash Flow and Working Capital reports for the Month End Management Information Report, updating schedules and providing commentaries.

What are we looking for from you? 

- Fully qualified with a recognised CCAB qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with extensive PQE.

- Demonstrable understanding of complex Charity VAT and VAT accounting processes and controls.

- In depth understanding of Charity VAT with partial exemptions and annual adjustments.

- Detailed understanding and experience of preparing financial statements, year-end close and audit planning, and preparation under SORP and FRS 102.

- Previous experience of leading a change management process/system implementation.

- Experienced in managing, leading, and developing and coaching a team.

- High analytical and problem-solving skills.


If you need support in applying or have any questions call David Simpson, Recruitment Partner, on 01923 361732 or email david.simpson@actionforchildren.org.uk

We may stop taking applications early than advertised if we find the right person. So, try to get your application in early.

The way we work  

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Learn more about our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work on our Action for Children website.   

For safe and happy childhoods  

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK.  

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.  

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, celebrating diversity and working inclusively. We value and welcome applications from anyone with the skills and experience for the role. People with disabilities, and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are currently under-represented in our teams. We're working to change this, and we particularly welcome applicants from these groups.

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Watford Office
Watford Office, 3 The Boulevard, WATFORD, Hertfordshire, UK, WD18 8AG
  • Circa:
  • Department/Division:
    Finance & Property
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    25 December 2021
  • Number of Roles:
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