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Apprentice – Subsidiary Finance Officer

Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Weekly wage: £245.00
Closing date
23 Oct 2020

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A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven and proactive AAT Apprentice to join the busy subsidiary finance team of Sightsavers, an international development charity with its head office in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, offices throughout Europe and UAE and programmes in low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia.


Weekly wage: £245.00

Working week: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm with one hour for lunch, 35 hours per week.

Total hours per week: 35.00


Expected duration: 18 months + EPA

Possible start date: 09 Nov 2020

Apprenticeship level: Advanced Level 3 (A level)

Reference number: VAC001658586

About the role

The successful candidate will be a member of our growing subsidiaries finance team and will be required to work closely with the Subsidiary Finance Manager, Group Accounts team and Treasury team as well as other members of the organisation.
The candidate will support the team in the following areas:

  • Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of all financial records
  • Preparing and delivering the subsidiary statutory reports and external audits within agreed timetables
  • Assisting with the monthly close process of the subsidiary ledgers, preparing recurring monthly journals to deadline
  • Performing reconciliations of the subsidiary ledgers
  • Maintaining documentation to support the audit
  • Preparing journals
  • General maintenance of the subsidiary ledgers
  • Monitoring and actioning service desk tickets
  • Other ad hoc jobs as and when required

As well as gaining invaluable experience within a specific finance function, the successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to gain experience working for an international charity. When working at Sightsavers you’ll be helping to prevent blindness and create brighter futures for people living in poverty. Whilst many of us are currently working from home, we’re still working hard to make a difference. We believe in collaborative working and our use of the latest technology means that we stay connected and informed. We regularly enjoy lunchtime talks and learning sessions with colleagues from across the world. When we do return to the offices, you’ll find a supportive and inclusive work environment, social kitchen facilities with breakout rooms and quiet areas. We offer some great benefits including gym and wellbeing discounts, season ticket loans and much more. Find out all about us and our work by visiting our YouTube channel and Twitter. Sightsavers are Disability Confident Level 3 employers and we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by CHICHESTER COLLEGE GROUP.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Accountancy
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English (if required)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in mathematics (if required)

**Please note. Attendance will be required at Crawley College RH10 1NR as this is a blended learning programme consisting of day release every 4 weeks and online learning.

Learners will also work closely with their own trainer coach who will meet with them regularly to support and prepare for the End Point Assessment.

Apprenticeship standard Assistant accountant
Level 3 (A level)


Please visit the ‘Apply Here’ link for further detail about this role.

Closing Date: 23 October, 2020


Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

Contact Us
  • 35 Perrymount Road,
  • Haywards Heath,
  • RH16 3BW
  • GB
  • 01444 446600
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