22 days ago
  • LevelSenior
  • ProfessionsFinance Manager, Accountant, Finance Director
  • TypeFull Time
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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Closing Date: 06-Jun-2024

This role is offered on a hybrid contract giving you the opportunity to also work from home three days a week.
Purpose of job:
In this role you will business partner with the Funding directorate to ensure high quality, accurate and timely budgeting and forecasting with respect to both restricted projects and unrestricted operational activity in the Funding team. You will work closely with the Funding Leadership Team and wider department and be their trusted financial advisor. This role will also give the successful candidate a unique opportunity to contribute to Comic Relief’s Shifting the Power Programme, a long term, transformative, civil society strengthening programme, co-funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), operational in Ghana, Zambia and Malawi.
You will be responsible for internal management information for senior management, alongside external reporting to funders. As part of the external reporting, you will be required to build relationships with external stakeholders including government funders such as FCDO and associated partners (including Anchor Partners who are co-funded by Comic Relief and FCDO as part of the Shifting the Power programme). This role may entail some overseas travel to partners.
Key responsibilities:
Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting
  • Lead on budgeting & forecasting for the funding directorate including restricted budgets and forecasts and supporting on troubleshooting in these areas
  • Accountable for ensuring donor reports completed by the Grants Accountant and Finance Assistant are accurate, completed to high standard and submitted on time
  • Prepare management accounts and analysis for the Funding Directorate
  • Develop and maintain metrics and financial KPIs related to grant making
  • Support on restricted funding applications
  • Review funding decisions and work with the Grant Accountant to ensure decisions are accurately reflected in the grants and finance system.
  • Work closely with the Grant Accountant to ensure accurate and timely postings for grant income and expenditure
Business Partnering
  • Be the finance point of contact for the Funding Leadership Team, building and maintaining strong relationships with the department.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with funded partners as required, particularly the three anchor partners in our Shifting the Power programme
  • Provide organisational strengthening financial support as required directly to Anchor partners to enable accurate forecasting and reporting.
  • Responsible for budget holder training for the Funding department, and ensure understanding of financial model and relevant financial processes.
  • Develop technical expertise in relation to our funding principals such as Shift the Power, and advocate for the adoption of these principles within financial planning, reporting and relationships.  Shifting the power principals challenge the conventional top-down approach, where donors hold power, and advocate for a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable approach, where local communities have a say in shaping and implementing projects that impact their lives.
Person specification
Essential criteria
  • ACCA/CIMA/ACA qualified accountant
  • Sound knowledge of Charity SORP
  • Experience in fund accounting
  • Experience in preparing donor reports
  • Experience of producing reports and analysis to drive financial decision-making at an organisational level
  • Experience of building relationships with senior stakeholders, working collaboratively across teams and being open to new and different ways of working
  • Ability to travel internationally if required
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in the international development sector
  • Experience of managing budgets on Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, or other government funded programmes.
  • Experience of working outside of the UK in a financial or grant giving environment.
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Comic Relief we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.
Why work at Comic Relief
There are lots of good reasons to join us at Comic Relief. You can read more about oure mployee benefits, such as our commitment to flexible and hybrid working. We ask staff to come to the office twice a week, normally on agreed team days, so that we can do all those things that are difficult to do online. Our office is based in Whitechapel, London,. There are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and experience at Comic Relief, including opportunities to become a Mental Health First Aider or to participate in our Employee Network Groups that focus on making Comic Relief a more inclusive place to work.
Disability Confident employer
As part of the Disability Confident scheme, we take positive action by providing first-round interviews to candidates who have a registered disability, provided they meet the minimum criteria for the role, as demonstrated on their CV and application questions.
We ask that candidates that wish to be considered for this scheme email j.scott@comicrelief.com to discuss further. Please do not email CV's/cover letters

Skills Required

  • Accounting
  • Budget Management
  • Build Relationships

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