Finance Manager

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

Finance Manager (Decision Support) - 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 will allow the team to offer more support to aid decision making within the organisation, perform a higher level of analytical work and work more closely with their budget holders.

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 the organisation, need to be able to provide cover for each other if this is required.

Main job purpose:

  • Provide a high level of analytical support to the organisation, supporting decision-making and identifying opportunities for income generation and cost savings
  • Responsible for constant improvement of Finance team reporting to ensure it is relevant and useful
  • Work closely with budget holders
  • Lead budget and reforecast processes
  • Manage Financial Analyst and take responsibility for their development

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Analyse monthly Management Accounts as produced by the Transactional and Reporting team and add commentary. Feed back errors and adjustments and feed in information on accruals
  • Regular meetings and dialogue with budget holders to review income and expenditure versus budget and reforecast and generate a view of likely out-turn for the year
  • Perform an initial review of current reporting provided by the Finance team. Make recommendations for improvements to ensure they are as useful and relevant as possible. This should include adding non-Financial data and KPIs. Ongoing review of reporting to ensure continuous improvement
  • Lead the annual budget process to ensure budgets are as accurate as possible, reforecasting as significant variances arise. This will involve working with the business to develop business planning
  • Provide support for business cases, tenders and trust applications
  • Develop the methodology around calculating the cost of services (unit costing) to provide meaningful statistics for both benchmarking and Fundraising appeals
  • Perform analytical work as requested by budget holders or as identified yourself
  • Review and understanding of contracts
  • Line manage and develop the Financial Analyst, including setting objectives and monitoring progress against these, identifying training needs and holding annual appraisals and regular one-to-ones
  • Work closely with the Transactional and Reporting Manager, providing cover for tasks in their absence as required. This may involve finalising the Management Accounts, checking the top level VAT return, supporting internal audit
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the level of the post as directed by the Financial Controller
  • Deputising for the Financial Controller on relevant issues

Person specification:

  • Qualified (ACA / ACCA / CIMA) or qualified by experience
  • Previous analytical role
  • Experience of supporting budget holders / business partners
  • Experience of budget setting and reforecasting
  • Excellent analytical & problem solving skills
  • Creative with an ability to 'think outside of the box' and present information in different ways to different audiences
  • Motivated to really understand the organisation, its services and drivers of performance
  • Capable of working independently and making decisions on day-to-day team matters but recognising when it is appropriate to request support from line manager
  • Resilient with ability to work under pressure and adapt to change
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft package and intermediate level of Excel


Up to £35,000

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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