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Financial Controller

Location: West Midlands, Coventry
Sector: Charity
Date Posted: 19/02/2021
Salary: £45,000 - £47,000 per year
Specialism: Finance
Ref: RB14278
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The Coventry Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) are partnering exclusively with Robertson Bell to recruit to a Financial Controller role on a permanent, full time basis. The DBF is a charity and limited company and forms part of the network of Christian organisations in the Diocese of Coventry that represents the Church of England in Coventry and Warwickshire. With a network of 200 parishes, they is a Christian presence in every local community and a rich variety of people and traditions.

As an exceptional Financial Controller you will act as deputy to the Director of Finance leading a small team.  This role is responsible for the financial reporting, of three connected organisations, the DBF Coventry Cathedral and Together for Change, and will have a key part to play in the forecasting and budgeting for all three.  The Financial Controller is an exciting and pivotal position in the finance team and you can expect a wide variety of activity on a regular basis. 

The key responsibilities will be:

  • Production of the annual accounts for the DBF, Coventry Cathedral, and Together for Change, financial planning, the production of management accounts and all banking & cash management.
  • Preparation of the financial reports and commentary for the Diocesan Finance Group, including presentation of this report to the Committee.  Other financial reports to the Glebe committee, the Investment sub-committee and Audit and risk committee will be required in line with the deadlines for issuing papers.
  • Preparation of the annual report and financial statements for each organisation. Liaision with auditors during the external audit ensuring all reports and supporting documentation are available.
  • Preparation of cash flow reporting for each organisation to ensure all funds, are carefully stewarded, and invested to optimise income and capital returns.
  • Work with the Director of Finance to prepare the annual budget and long-term financial forecast for the DBF.
  • Preparation and submission of quarterly VAT returns including partial exemption calculations and Gift aid claims.
  • Maintain and develop the accounting systems, ensuring financial controls are in place and a programme of testing is put in place to ensure they are working as planned.
  • Developing relationships with budget holders to understand the drivers for spend, proactively providing advice and guidance to build commercial awareness.
  • To provide leadership and clear direction to a team of three direct reports.

Essential requirements:

The successful candidate will have a recognised accountancy qualification and an in-depth understanding of financial management in a complex organisation. Experience of leading and managing a team an aptitude for testing and managing financial controls. In order to apply, candidates must have an up to date knowledge of UK accounting standards and Charities SORP.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Diocese of Coventry is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce which represents all aspects of the communities we are part of and welcomes all applications.  We are working toward being more diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability and ethnicity so that we can better reflect the communities we serve.  More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work is the right thing to do.

This role will be based with the team in Coventry however, we are flexible on working location and are open to some home working.

The closing date for applications is 21st March 2021. Applications will be under constant review before the closing date so please submit your application to our retained search agent Robertson Bell. Apply now to be considered!

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