Financial Controller

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£32k pro rata

Leicester Cathedral & Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance are looking to recruit a part time Financial Controller to provide accurate and up to date financial information to the Cathedral's governance structures.

Leicester Cathedral is at the physical heart of our city and county. Our church, built on the site of a Roman temple and dedicated to St Martin of Tours, has been embedded in the public, economic, cultural and religious life of this community since medieval times. Since 1927, as the seat of the Bishop of Leicester, we now gather people together for worship, celebration, lament, debate and service of the poor and vulnerable. We offer hospitality to the wider church, the communities of faith which make up our multicultural society and those who come as visitors to the East Midlands, especially in search of the story of King Richard III.

It is an exciting time to be part of the Cathedral team, as it continues its Leicester Cathedral Revealed project to repair, re-order and reimagine the historic building in the centre of Leicester.

(1) Ensure strong Financial Management within a self-accounting environment
a) Have ultimate responsibility for accurate accounting records and provide financial reports.
b) Comply with Cathedral timetables and policies.
c) Ensure that an excellent service is provided through quality input e.g. accurate and timely processing of invoices, banking and payroll transactions.
d) Ensure the Balance Sheet is a fair reflection of all the assets and liabilities of the Cathedral.
e) Prepare the Balance Sheet, ensuring reconciliations are performed for all accounts and that all balances are explained.
f) Manage the working capital (cash, bank, accounts payable & receivable).
g) Produce monthly bank reconciliations and ensure all items are cleared on a timely basis.
h) Production of year-end financial statements to meet the requirements of the national guidance for Cathedral accounting and accounts, as well as the Charity SORP.
i) Acting as secretary to the Cathedral Finance Committee - Coordinating agendas, attending meetings, taking minutes.

(2) Provide focussed, innovative and value-adding Management Reporting and Analysis
a) Deliver high quality management information and performance measurement that is accurate and relevant.
b) Deliver reporting packs and focused commentary on current and future performance.

(3) Optimise and develop Systems to improve efficiency and information
a) Support the implementation of any Financial Systems.
b) Challenge processes to eliminate non-value adding tasks.
c) Ensure training takes place for users.
d) Work with colleagues to ensure that errors are corrected at source and processes amended as required, eliminating rather than correcting errors.
e) Continually develop the usage of Financial Systems.

(4) Manage the on Planning and Forecasting process and ensure that financial plans are consistent with the Cathedral’s strategic objectives
a) Support the Departmental budget holders in strategic planning process, focussing on value opportunities.
b) Manage the formulation, review and approval process for budgeting within the Cathedral for all income & expenditure lines.
c) Ensure a regular cycle of forecasting takes place. Ensure that the content and details are appropriate to the needs of the operation. Drive this process and challenge the forecasting of Cathedral departments.

(1) Knowledge of not-for-profit organisations (E)
(2) Accountancy Qualification preferred (D)
(3) Experience in self-accounting environment beneficial (D)
(4) Strong Organisation and Planning skills and the ability to prioritise appropriately (E)
(5) Excellent oral and written Communication skills including presenting complex financial information to lay volunteers (E)
(6) Strong Coaching and Training skills (D)
(7) Excellent Negotiation and Influencing skills (E)
(8) Analytical approach and creativity in problem resolution (E)
(9) Commercial acumen (E)
(10) Ability to drive change where necessary (D)
(11) Strong IT skills (MS Office, Financial Systems) (E)
(12) An ability to emphasize with the core purpose of The Church of England and with the vision of the Diocese of Leicester (E)
(13) Experience of financial administration/management (E)
(14) Experience of working within the not for profit sector (D)

Key: (E) Essential; (D) Desirable

£32,000 pro rata (0.4 role: 14 hours per week) + non-contributory pension.

Closing date for applications: Midday Tuesday 11th December (shortlisting on the afternoon of the 11th). Interviews Friday 14th Dec.

For further information contact John Orridge, Director of Finance & Support Services, Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance. Email: Telephone: 0116 261 5308 (direct line).