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Finance Manager

Job Details

Hiring Organization B Lab UK
Post Name Finance Manager
Qualification A qualified accountant, preferably ACMA or ACCA or equivalent experience, with demonstrable post-qualification continuing development.
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary GBP 41520 To GBP 44625 Per Year
Location LondonEnglandUnited Kingdom  E1 1EW

Job Description

This is a new role in a fast-growing organization working with businesses to transform the economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. 

The B Corp Movement

B Lab UK is part of the global B Corp movement. Certified B Corps seek to redefine success in business by putting social and environmental impact on a par with profit. The B Corp community is a global movement of businesses that provide leadership by demonstrating their commitments to people and the planet and creating examples of success for others to follow.

There are now over 5,000 B Corps in over 80 countries and covering 150 sectors, including Patagonia, The Body Shop, The Guardian, and Divine Chocolate. B Lab was created as part of this movement, with the mission to inspire and enable people to use business as a force for good.

There are B Labs across the globe and our purpose is to redefine success in business through building a community of locally engaged businesses, raising awareness of the B Corp movement, and championing change in the UK economy. 

The role:

With the growth in demand from businesses to join the movement, this is an exciting time to join us in a new role that will evolve with B Lab UK’s needs, focussing on providing quality financial information and analysis as well as maintaining financial controls, creating great learning opportunities for the right person.

Tasks and responsibilities include: 

  • Liaise with the current outsourced accounting service to ensure bookkeeping records on financial systems are accurate, and meet B Lab UK’s needs, processes and policies.

  • Check the provided monthly management accounts for accuracy and provide analysis and narrative for budget-holders and the Leadership Team and undertake other necessary analysis that enables informed decisions at strategic and operational levels.

Facilitate the Leadership Team in financial planning:

  • Coordinate and prepare the annual budget and forecasts and other financial plans, as appropriate;
  • Financial modeling to test planning and budgeting scenarios, the impact of pricing changes, and ad-hoc initiatives and proposals.
  • Manage the Finance Officer, and in line with best practice management standards, supervise, motivate and appraise, coach, and support development.

  • As B Lab UK grows, contribute and support the planning and coordination of establishing in-house finance activities, including the selection and implementation of appropriate systems and resources required.

  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of operating cash, including overseeing debt collection; monitoring short-term cash needs and forecasting longer-term cash requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with relevant statutory requirements including Charity and Company Law, PAYE, VAT, Corporation Tax, and Payroll.

  • Develop and implement financial procedures and controls appropriate to B Lab UK to ensure its assets are adequately protected and managed.

  • Develop improved reporting to stakeholders to increase their understanding of financial matters and develop external reporting of the sustainability of B Lab UK’s operations.

  • Support the annual audit process, liaising with auditors, providing all required information, and any analysis requested for statutory accounts for B Lab UK under the Charity SORP.

  • Support the development of IT and systems appropriate for B Lab UK as it grows.

Lead, assist with, and/or contribute to other Operations activities and Team projects and activities as required.

Skills and Experience  

  • A qualified accountant, preferably ACMA or ACCA or equivalent experience, with demonstrable post-qualification continuing development.
  • Demonstrable experience in establishing financial controls and processes
  • Demonstrable experience in preparing management accounts and analysis, providing a narrative for non-finance stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience in preparing budgets and forecasts.
  • Advanced spreadsheet skills, including experience in building models and sensitivity analysis to support business planning

A good understanding of:

  • the legal requirements for statutory accounts especially as related to charities
  • VAT and tax principles related to charities (or another mixed rate)
  • Cash management
  • Ability to manage projects effectively (systems implementations or other)
  • Proven organizational skills, including prioritizing to meet competing deadlines.
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Adaptable and comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic start-up environment.

Desirable:

  • Staff management
  • Experience in preparing charity statutory accounts.
  • Systems selection and implementation
  • IT and systems development

Person Specification

  • Passionate about the role that business can play in creating a future that benefits all people and the planet.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Able to demonstrate a professional manner in writing and verbally both remotely and face to face
  • Analytical, with a commercial mindset
  • Ability to respond flexibly to changing needs, whilst maintaining appropriate financial controls.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal with commercially sensitive information
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and structured worker, happy to work independently as well as collaborate with other teams.
  • Committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively across teams.
  • A strong work ethic, keeping to deadlines with the ability to prioritize, a finisher of tasks
  • Eligible to work in the UK (we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship)

Benefits:

  • Opportunity for Flexible working 4 or 5 days per week
  • Hybrid working
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time staff)
  • Our office is closed for the Christmas holidays, no need to take an extra holiday!
  • 1 additional annual leave day (pro-rated for part-time staff) for each complete year of service, up to a maximum of 30 days
  • Private Medical and Dental cover
  • £200 Annual Wellbeing allowance
  • 2 paid volunteer days per year
  • Enhanced Parental Leave and family-friendly policies 
  • Learning and Development opportunities 
  • Pension and Life Assurance
  • Cycle to Work Scheme 
  • Income Protection policy
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Working in a flexible office workspace with member benefits

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