Bristol/Head of Management Accounting/Shaw Trust

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Exciting senior management position with Bristol based charity, Shaw Trust
Central Bristol - within walking distance of Bristol Temple Meads

About Our Client

Shaw Trust is a large national charity and operates across a variety of sectors, including employment, health, education and justice.

Our vision is for a society in which everyone has the opportunity for employment which everyone has the opportunity for employment, inclusion and independence. The trust operates from a variety of locations across the country working with a range of clients and commissioners to further our mission of delivering services for people at disadvantage so that they can gain life and employability skills in order to live more independently, secure sustainable employment and actively contribute to family and community life.

Having relocated to their new Bristol headquarters in 2015, they are looking for a Head of Management Accounting to join their finance department in a senior management position. This is an excellent position for someone who has real passion for making a difference to society and for developing their own professional skills.

Job Description

Purpose of the role:

To direct and manage the Management Accounting service of the Shaw Trust, managing three direct reports and a wider team.
To review the monthly management accounts, analysing and obtaining explanations for key variances.
To support in the production of monthly forecasts and monthly finance reports for presentation to the Trustees and Executive Management Team.
To produce the monthly management accounts for the corporate services and Enterprises function of the Trust and to liaise with budget holders appropriately.
To lead on the annual budget setting process in conjunction with the Head of Finance.
To support in the preparation of the annual accounts and Annual Report.

Key duties:

To support the production of the annual report and accounts, including liaison with external auditors
Leading and responsible for the production of monthly management accounts to an agreed timetable with critical deadlines for the Trust. Assessing accruals and prepayments to ensure expenditure is matched to the period in which it is incurred.
Reporting and analysing variances of expenditure to budget on a monthly basis. Identifying, investigating and understanding why variances have occurred and when appropriate assisting budget holders to implement plans to aid recovery of the position.
Forecast monthly and annual positions when information is limited, based on an analysis of multiple factors and making judgements and assumptions where necessary.
To produce the monthly management accounts for the corporate services and Enterprises function of the Trust and to liaise with budget holders appropriately.
Meeting regularly with budget holders and the Senior Management Team to develop a detailed understanding of the purpose of the budget and to discuss issues and queries relating to the current financial position enabling an informed forecast of the year end position to be made.
Ensure appropriate controls are maintained over the Trust's accounting records, including oversight and review of the monthly balance sheet reconciliation process in line with the post's areas of responsibility to ensure that the Trust's monthly accounts accurately reflect its assets and liabilities and that any issues are promptly and properly resolved.
To drive continuous improvements in the department's processes and procedure including identifying opportunities to streamline and automate existing administrative procedures and tasks and to ensure that there is a strong system of internal financial control.
Overall responsibility for the recruitment, management and continual development of the Management Accounts team, delegating where appropriate. Supervising and supporting via appraisals and training. Motivating the team, particularly on difficult and complex issues. Ensuring the team is empowered and has the relevant tools and skills to meet their objectives.
To support the Head of Finance in ensuring that the Finance Department maintains published up to date, effective and clear policies and procedures to foster a culture of compliance across the organisation.

The Successful Applicant

The ideal candidate for the Head of Management Accounting position will have:

CCAB Qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA or equivalent.)
Substantial post-qualification experience at a senior level in financial management position in a similar sized organisation.
Relevant experience in the production of monthly management accounts, budgets and forecasts.
High financial awareness, with the ability to communicate complex financial management information in a straight forward way.
Forward financial planning, costing, and option appraisal.
Experience of operating across a range of finance functions, including financial services, budgeting, planning, reporting, capital accounting, and supporting budget holders.
Experience working with, and improving systems and processes.
Staff management experience within a customer focused environment.

What's on Offer

On offer for the Head of Management Accounting is:

A salary of £45,000-£50,000 (DOE.)
25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays and Christmas shutdown.
An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months service.
Other benefits, including: Cycle to work Scheme, Gym Membership Discounts, Life assurance, Health care Cash plan, shopping discounts and the option to buy Childcare Vouchers.

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