Finance Manager

Contract Type: 
Full time
Application deadline: 
Thursday, 19 May, 2022 - 12:00
Salary Scale
Per Annum
Groundwork NE & Cumbria


Job title:                   Finance Manager

Salary:                      £35,000 to £38,000 per annum

Hours:                       37 hours per week

Location:                  Newton Aycliffe


About us

Groundwork aims to be the UK’s leading regeneration charity, working through partnership to create communities in which people are proud to live and work.

Each year Groundwork makes an incredible difference to communities across the North East and Cumbria.  We work on hundreds of individual projects each year, supporting disadvantaged communities but what’s most important is how we change people’s lives.  Our local programmes and services are tailored to the needs of partners and communities in each locality.  When all that local activity is added together, it becomes a major force for regional change.

Our Finance Team operates as part of our Corporate Services Team providing a comprehensive and accurate finance service provision across our Trust.

About the role

This is a highly important role within the business, which involves managing and advising a small team, as the Finance Manager, you will be a key part of the finance team and report directly to the Finance Director

Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee a small accounts team, ensuring they produce accurate invoices to deal with the high volume of accounts and services provided
  • Ensure accurate and timely financial management information is prepared and communicated effectively to staff, management and the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensure effective financial control, management and accountability throughout the Trust
  • Manage the Finance Team
  • Produce accurate and timely monthly management accounts, reports and forecasts
  • Prepare statutory annual accounts and be the lead contact for auditors.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual and three-year budget
  • Oversee the day to day financial systems including; sales ledger, purchase ledger, nominal ledger, cash flow, petty cash, project management, bank reconciliations.
  • Ensure that ledgers and balance sheet accounts are accurate and reconciled in a timely manner
  • Ensure that payroll is processed on a timely basis and liaise with HR staff
  • Ensure that all pension payments are processed on a timely basis and liaise with the pension provider and advisor as required
  • Ensure that the correct VAT treatment is applied to all income and expenditure, and prepare quarterly VAT returns
  • Produce quarterly reports on finance and performance measures to Groundwork UK
  • Communicate with all Trust staff to ensure there is a high level of awareness of the requirements of financial control and management throughout the Trust.
  • Provide financial information and support to project staff for funding applications, tenders, claims and reports to funders.
  • Work with the Director of Finance to review, develop and implement financial management and control systems to meet our evolving needs

Take a look at our job descriptions to find out more on these roles

These roles are both subject to a Basic Disclosure endorsed by the Disclosure and Barring Service

A bit about you

To be the successful Finance Manager, you will ideally be a ACA / ACCA / CIMA qualified Accountant or be qualified by experience and have worked at a similar level of role within finance.
The role would be an excellent opportunity for an individual from a charity background, who is looking to take the next step in their career working closely with the senior management team with the potential for further progression.

For further information about the role, or for an informal discussion please contact John Heatherington at 07920 213967 or

Want to apply

Great all you need to do is complete the application pack that’s available on our website

All completed applications should be emailed to

Closing date:         Midnight on Wednesday 18th May 2022

We reserve the right to close this opportunity early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants.

Make yourself at home:

We want you to be yourself at Groundwork and we value everything that makes you unique. We recognise and celebrate your difference and together we make Groundwork a special and great place to work.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.