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                         (England & Wales)


Finance Manager Vacancy

 c. £30,000 - £35,000 p.a.

Please see below for information about the St Vincent de Paul Society and this post.

If you would like to be considered for this vacancy I will need a formal letter (not more than 2 sides of A4) of application which emphasises how your skills and experience match the requirements of the post as summarised in the Job Description and Person Specification. Please also attach a copy of your current CV (not more than 3 sides of A4) and details of your current salary. Please quote reference 9236/WEB.

You may either post your application to me at CF Appointments, Longcroft House, Victoria Avenue, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NS or you may prefer to fax (020 7623 9494) or email it to (enquiries@charity-executives.co.uk) in which case attachments should be in either MS Word or Rich Text Format.

Applications should be received here by 9am on Monday 12 March 2001.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Adrian Randall
Charity Finance Consultant

St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales)

Mission Statement

The St. Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is part of an international lay Christian voluntary organisation actively working in 131 countries with the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised. Inspired by our principal Frederic Ozanam and our Patron St Vincent de Paul, we seek to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those we serve in the spirit of the Gospel message:

"I was hungry and you gave me to eat…."

                                                                                                                                   (Matt 25)

No work of charity is foreign to the Society.

We are involved in a diverse range of activities characterised by:

Support and Friendship: Through person to person contact, we are committed to respecting the dignity of those we assist and to foster their self-respect. In the provision of material and other support, we assume confidentiality at all times and endeavour to establish relationships based on trust and friendship.

Promoting self-sufficiency: We believe it is not enough to provide short-term support. Those we serve must also be helped to achieve self-sufficiency wherever possible and the sense of worth this can provide. When the problems we encounter are beyond our competence, we build bridges of support with others more specialised in the issues involved.

Working for Social Justice: We are committed to identifying the root causes of poverty and promoting social justice and in solidarity with the poor and disadvantaged, to advocate and working for the changes required to create a more just and caring society.

Knowing no boundaries: The Society respects the religious liberty and value of all God’s people and will help all peoples without differentiation of any kind. We are totally committed to relieving poverty and distress amongst our brother and sisters overseas, by sharing with them what we have by comparison, in abundance.


For further information about the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society please see our Web Site at http://come.to/SVP


Job Title:          Finance Manager

Reporting to:   Director

Location:          14 Blandford Street, London

Salary:               £30-£35k

Holiday:            20 days annually (rising to 25 after first year of service) plus Bank and statutory holidays.

Primary Objective:     To provide an effective financial management service to the charity and provide sound financial advice to the Trustees and to the Director.

Main Responsibilities

Budgeting and Budget Control
  •  To contribute to the preparation of the Society’s strategic plan. To prepare the annual budget and forecasts in consultation with the Director and Trustees, and to lead the yearly budgeting planning process.

  •  To ensure that an appropriate financial policy framework is in place to guide the charity’s decision making.

  •  To maintain meaningful cost centres across all the Society’s activities which will enable all costs to be identified and registered.

  •  To be pro-active in taking action to bring income and expenditure within budget limits.
Financial Management
  •  To maintain and review the Society’s financial policies and systems.

  •  To ensure that bank reconciliations are carried out on a monthly basis.

  •  To account for the Society’s assets and liabilities in line with the
    organisation’s policies, statutory requirements and best practice.
  •  To prepare all statutory returns in respect of Companies Home and the Charity Commission.

  •  To manage payment for received goods and services.

  •  To manage the Society’s taxation liability and ensure money is reclaimed where appropriate through VAT of Gift Aid.

  •  To initiate the introduction of an agreed national accounting package at locations across the Society.

  •  To develop and manage the finance structures and procedures for the Society’s growing retail arm.
Management Information and Accounts
  •  To ensure the current finance software (Open Accounts) is delivering to the maximum potential.

  •  To produce monthly management accounts measuring performance in each cost centre and overall performance to income.

  •  To produce an annual cost flow forecast and update it monthly with critical commentary.

  •  To prepare the annual statutory accounts.

  •  To ensure that all statutory filing obligations are identified and complied with in a timely manner and within statutory and other deadlines.

Income Generation
  •  To provide assistance with the compilation and preparation of funding bids to grant making bodies.


  •  To provide advice and assistance to the Director and Trustees when undertaking the financial risk assessment of new schemes.

  •  To cost all proposed projects and ensure all related costs are identified.
Finance Team Responsibility
  •  To manage the workload of the Financial Assistant.


Job Title: Finance Manager

Education and Training 
Fully qualified CCAB with at least 3 years relevant experience.



  •  Use of computerised accounting software packages and spreadsheets. 

  • Production of final management accounts and preparation of additional formula and schedules needed for production of statutory accounts.

  •  Servicing of finance committee and providing financial information necessary for the decision-making processes. 
  •  An appreciation of public sector/voluntary sector finance and an understanding of the SORP. 
  •  Familiarity with all forms of taxation, particularly in relation to the charity sector. 
  •  Compilation and preparation of funding bids to grant making bodies.


  •  A thorough, up-to-date understanding of good accounting practice. 
  •  Good communication skills, in particular the ability to communicate financialinformation to non-financial managers and members. 
  •  Ability to work to tight deadlines. 
  •  Ability to work as part of a team.


  •  Commitment to the aims and strategies of the Society. 

  •  Respect for the Christian ethos of the Society.
  •  Interest in the Voluntary Sector. 
  •  Firm but flexible approach to the challenges faced by a volunteer membership organisation. 
  •  Willingness to advise the governing Board while being receptive to their direction setting.

Thank you for your interest in this post.

CF Appointments Ltd, 
Longcroft House, 
Victoria Avenue, 
Fax: 020 7623 9494
Or e-mail your request to: enquiries@charity-executives.co.uk

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