Finance Manager

England, Bristol
07 Aug 2017
04 Sep 2017
Tom Morgan
Job Role
Finance Manager
Contract Type
Level of qualification

Finance Manager (Transactional and Reporting) - Bristol - Up to £35,000

About St Peters Hospice:

St Peter's Hospice is a Bristol charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses and has been providing care since 1978. Treating upwards of 2,675 patients per year they aim to improve the quality of living for their patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones. St. Peters Hospice provides physical, psychological and spiritual care for their patients in their own homes as well as at the Hospice. They also teach other healthcare professionals about how to care for people at the end of their lives.

Position summary:

As part of a Finance team restructure, this new role has been created in the team. This role will take on responsibility for the Transactional and Reporting side of the team's work, previously part of the Financial Controller's role, freeing up time for the Financial Controller to do more top level strategic work.

Going forward the Finance team will operate as two sub-teams, Transactional and Reporting and Decision Support. These teams will need to work very closely together and, due to the size of our organisation, need to be able to provide cover for each other if this is required.

Main job purpose:

  • Lead the Transactional and Reporting team to provide an efficient and accurate transactional reporting service to the organisation
  • Produce timely and accurate Management reports including the monthly Management Accounts and the annual report and accounts
  • Operational responsibility for VAT, Corporation Tax and Gift Aid, keeping up-to-date with tax issues that affect the sector
  • Line manage three direct reports and take responsibility for their development

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Ensure accurate transactional processing by the team for both St Peter's Hospice and the subsidiary trading company, SPH Enterprises, including Purchase Ledger, Sales Ledger, Income Posting (Shops and Fundraising, Fixed Asset accounting
  • Post journals to produce the month end figures including accruals, prepayments, accrued and deferred income and internal recharges
  • Ensure all balance sheet accounts are reconciled monthly and produce a monthly Balance Sheet
  • Produce high quality Management reports for the Decision Support Team and FC to review and analyse including: - Monthly Management Accounts - Weekly and monthly Shops reports
  • Produce cash flow forecasts for review by the FC
  • Lead the annual report and accounts process, pulling together a draft set of accounts for the FC/FD to review
  • Take operational responsibility for VAT, Corporation Tax and Gift Aid, including producing the quarterly VAT return. Have an awareness of tax issues affecting the sector and make recommendations to the FC
  • Support of procurement processes including tender processes for larger purchases
  • Liaise with the external auditors, producing the file of information for the audit and being first point of contact for their queries
  • Perform an internal audit service to the organisation as per the annual work programme agreed with the audit committee
  • Work with FC to ensure appropriate internal financial controls are in place within the Finance function and around the organisation
  • Take responsibility for the Accounting and Purchase Order systems, ensuring they are fit for use and that appropriate internal processes are in place
  • Produce annual updates on service costs (unit costing) for Patient Care and Fundraising use
  • Line manage and develop three direct reports, including setting objectives and monitoring progress against these, identifying training needs and holding annual appraisals and regular one-to-ones
  • Work closely with the Decision Support Manager, providing cover for tasks in their absence as required. This may involve reviewing the Management Accounts, answering budget holder queries and pieces of analytical work
  • Deputising for the Financial Controller on relevant issues

Person specification:

  • Qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) or QBE
  • Broad experience of Financial and Management Accounting, transaction processing and VAT
  • Working knowledge of FRS 102
  • Team management experience
  • Experience in using a mainstream accounting package
  • Ability to set and work to deadlines
  • Excellent analytical & problem solving skills
  • Takes pride in their work and motivated to ensure reports produced by the team are of a high quality and level of accuracy
  • Genuine interest in supporting and developing team members to ensure they are all able to perform to the best of their ability
  • Excellent Excel skills


Up to £35,000 dependent on experience

37.5 hours per week (Mon to Fri) with flexibility around working hours

27 days holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 29 after 5 years' service)

Up to 5% matched pension

Life assurance, childcare voucher scheme

For further information please call Tom Morgan on 0117 9935400 or email


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