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Senior Finance Manager - job post

Somerset Community Foundation
Shepton Mallet BA4Hybrid work
£39,000 - £41,000 a year - Part-time, Full-time

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  • £39,000 - £41,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Shift and schedule

  • Flexitime
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Pulled from the full job description

  • Additional leave
  • Company pension
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Flexitime
  • Free flu jabs
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme

Full job description

For this role, part-time or full-time hours will be considered for the right candidate.

Applicants must be living in the UK and have the right to work in the UK without employer sponsorship.

Applications via our website with CV and Cover Letter are preferred.

About Somerset Community Foundation

We’re a grant-making charity that helps build strong communities where everyone can thrive. We do this by funding local charities and facilitating local giving.

We provide simple, rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give locally, guided by research and our unrivalled local knowledge.

For small, local charities, community groups and social enterprises, we provide vital funding and support to help their organisations flourish. We provide around £4 million of funding to local groups every year. Our turnover in 2024 was nearly £6 million, and we’re building an endowment for long-term investment into our communities, which is currently valued at about £8 million.

By inspiring local giving and funding social action, we support local communities to drive change and realise their dreams.

The role

You’ll bring energy and enthusiasm to the team, ensuring financial functions are carried out efficiently, effectively, accurately and in a timely way to enable us to focus on achieving our charitable mission.

The focus of the role will be on managing and improving financial processes, ensuring that the Senior Leadership Team have up-to-date and accurate records for reporting to the Board, supporting the programmes and philanthropy teams with accurate fund reports and preparing the accounts for audit each year. You will work closely with the whole team of staff and volunteers, but you will work most closely with the Operations Director and the Finance Manager.

You’ll be provided with training on our CRM and IT systems. The successful applicant will always be expected to observe our values and policies and to actively engage with continuous professional development.

Key Areas of Responsibility

1. Treasury and Investment Management

· Monitor endowment investments and provide calculations and support in relation to total return

· Prepare quarterly investment management report

· Treasury management to maximise our investment returns

2. Bookkeeping and Management Accounts

· Work with the Finance Manager to ensure donations are properly recorded on our CRM and in Sage

· Work with the Finance Manager to reconcile bank accounts monthly

· Preparing monthly management reports, noting significant variances with forecasts

· Monitor outstanding debtors, and with line manager approval, chase overdue debtors

· Prepare fund balances when required by the programmes team to support grant-making

· Presentation of management accounts to board and engagement with board members as required

3. Annual Accounts

· Prepare statutory accounts, working with the Operations Director and CEO to ensure income and costs are allocated accurately across SORP categories

· Participate in the Audit process, engaging with auditors and prepare information for audit and liaise with auditors in the conduct of the annual audit process

· Prepare annual fundholder statements

· Support the Senior Leadership Team in the preparation of the annual budget and cash flow forecast

4. Other Work Required

· Support the Finance Manager and provide cross cover when required

· Attend SCF events as requested, including very occasionally, evenings

· Any other reasonable duties as requested

Person Specification - Skills, Knowledge and Experience


· Ideally at least five years’ experience in a similar role

· Minimum of AAT Level 4, preferably ACA/ACCA or equivalent

· Experience of accounting software, especially Sage Line 50

· Experience of working with databases and Microsoft Office, including Office 365

· Knowledge of charity finance

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

· Able to work under own initiative but also able to request support when necessary

· Confident managing a busy and varied workload and able to prioritise effectively

· Good problem-solving competencies

· Please note that our office is in a rural location and that access to a car and a clean UK driving licence are required.


· Supervision or line management of other team members

· Understanding of the role of local charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, and the people they help

· Experience presenting at board level

More about working for us

Our values: We’re a values-driven team and organisation, and they underpin our culture, identity and everything we do.

Diversity, equity and inclusion: Together we’re creating a culture where everyone, from any background, can do their best work and bring their whole self to work. We’re also working to ensure the voices of those we support inform everything we do. We would especially welcome applications from minority ethnic people, people with disabilities, younger people, LGBTQ+ people and people with ‘lived experience’ relevant to our work. 

Flexible working: Our work is really important to us, but so is the rest of your life. We offer flexible working that means you can choose hours that work for you and choose a blend of working in the office, at home, or out and about.

Pension: We’ll match your pension contributions up to 5% to help you save for your future.

Enhanced Family Leave policies: We offer an enhanced family leave policy for all employees, including Enhanced Maternity, Paternity, Shared Parental and Adoption Leave.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: £39,000.00-£41,000.00 per year

Expected hours: 32 – 37.5 per week


  • Additional leave
  • Company pension
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Free flu jabs
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Sick pay
  • Work from home


  • Day shift
  • Flexitime
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN

Application deadline: 14/07/2024
Expected start date: 01/09/2024

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