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Post    Finance Manager

Department   Finance

Reporting to   Finance Director

Location  Bath City Centre

Hours of work   35 hours per week, Monday - Friday

Contract  Up to 12 months – Maternity Cover

Salary   £48,000 - £55,000 depending on experience

Job summary  To provide a comprehensive financial management service to the Charity and its Trading Subsidiary (the St John’s group).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for running the finance function (managing 1 FT, 2 PT employees) to ensure:

  • transactions are processed in a timely and accurate way (including sales ledger, purchase ledger, cash and banking)

  • routine and ad hoc reports for senior leaders and the Trustees are of high quality, and

  • an excellent finance service is provided to colleagues, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders of the Charity group.

  • Ensuring the Charity meets its statutory obligations, by:

  • Leading the preparation and audit of financial statements for the Charity and Trading Subsidiary, before filing with Charity Commission and Companies House

  • Collaborating with external advisors to ensure payroll and pensions are processed correctly.

  • Ensuring compliance with HMRC requirements (including submission of CIS, P11D, PSA, and VAT returns) and timely responses to any tax queries raised across the St John’s group.

  • Keeping internal finance regulations up-to-date and training staff in their application.

  • Applying specialist knowledge to identify risks to statutory compliance or best practice and working in partnership with colleagues to manage these risks, seeking support from external advisors as appropriate.

  • Developing key relationships with the Charity Group’s stakeholders including trustees, auditors, bankers, tax advisors, investment managers and colleagues. This includes empowering colleagues in leadership roles to manage budgets independently through clear, tailored reporting, supportive meetings, training, and specialist advice.

  • Leading the annual budgeting process for the Charity and delivering robust financial planning for the long-term by keeping detailed forecasts up to date.

  • Reporting progress against strategic objectives, KPIs and risk management to the Executive Team.

  • Supporting the optimisation of investment returns alongside our internal property management team and external listed investment managers.

  • Leading on financial aspects of ad hoc projects across the St John’s group as relevant.

  • Any other duties required to support the Director of Finance.

Person Specification


  • Financial accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA)

  • Five years’ experience of working at a senior level in a finance team, including experience with management accounts, budgeting, and statutory accounts preparation for a charity.

  • Able to collaborate with colleagues across the organisation and external advisors.

  • Advanced IT skills – including Excel and bookkeeping systems.

  • Good communicator and people skills. Ability to communicate with non-finance people in an understandable and engaging way.

  • Self-motivated with the ability to adapt to demands and to work effectively as part of a team. Teamwork will form an important part of this role.

  • Strong problem-solving skills combined with an analytical approach to identify opportunities to improve processes and information and to add value

  • Must be organised, thorough and accurate, demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and accuracy in work at all time

  • Ability to work independently and to plan, prioritise and schedule tasks to accommodate ad hoc requests alongside routine daily activities


  • Able to demonstrate relevant commercial awareness/experience. Examples might include involvement in contract negotiation or strategic development.

  • Experience of adapting to use of different financial systems including Hansa, FlexBI and/or Quick Books financial software.

The successful applicant will also share our values of trust, courage, and kindness, and contribute towards making St John’s an inclusive and welcoming place to work.

To apply, please send your CV to

Finance Manager


£48,000 - £55,000 depending on experience


35 hours per week, Monday - Friday

Contract Type:

Up to 12 months – Maternity Cover


Bath City Centre

Close Date:

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

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