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Management Accountant (Message Enterprise Centre)

Employer
The Message Trust
Location
Manchester
Salary
betweeen £25 and £28k
Closing date
9 Apr 2021

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Function
Finance & Legal
Sector
Faith-Based
Hours
Full Time
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Job Details

Job Specification

Job Title: Management Accountant (The Message Enterprise Centre)

Location: HQ, Lancaster House, Sharston, Manchester.(Flexible working possible)

Hours: Full Time, 35 hours pw

Contract: Fixed Term – 12-15 months maternity cover

Salary: £25-£28k (dependent upon experience)

Start date: March 2021

Closing date for applications: 22nd February 2021

Responsible to: Head of Finance

Primary internal working relationships: Finance Team, MEC Business Managers,

Central Admin Team.

Primary external working relationships: MEC Customers & Suppliers, Payroll Contractor,

Banking provider, Auditors.

Main purpose of the job

To provide effective financial management, monitoring, and reporting for The Message Enterprise

Centre (MEC), subsidiary of The Message Trust (TMT), to ensure the objectives of the Charity are

supported.

Job summary:

The post holder will work closely to support the Head of Finance in providing effective financial

management of the Charity, covering the following areas:

– Monthly management accounts ensuring compliance with accounting standards.

– Maintain and develop sound financial management and control systems.

– Maintain all accounting ledgers and Accounts Payable & Receivable functions.

– Provide support to other departments as required, for example financial information to support

funding applications and reports to donors.

– Enter fully into The Message Trust team life, including morning prayers, monthly prayer days and

evening prayer meetings.

Main duties and responsibilities

Treasury Management

– To maintain The MEC’s bank accounts, mandates and group pooling arrangements, including

reconciliation with the accounting system and liaison with the bank.

– To assist in the design and implementation of cash flow forecasting models to ensure the

best use of cash resources.

– To maintain adequate records to ensure that regular monitoring takes place of all accounts

and reserves. The Message Trust, Lancaster House, Harper Road, Manchester M22 4RG | 0161 946 2300 | info@message.org.uk

The Message Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales No. 03961183. Registered Charity No. 1081467. VAT Registration No. GB 727 177616

Management Accounts

– The processing of monthly financial procedures following the Management Accounts

checklist to ensure that all tasks are completed to given deadlines.

– To calculate and post journal entries, for example depreciation, accruals & prepayments.

– To maintain the Control accounts reconciliations and general month end duties

– Monthly Management reports and accounts (including balance sheet and profit & loss)

– Statistics, figures and other financial information for management

– Provide detailed analysis of cost centre costs and income and explain variances between

actual and budget figures of each cost centre.

– Budgeting and cashflow forecasting.

Monitoring and Performance

– To assist in the review of accounting policies to ensure that they reflect best practice and

comply with Charities SORP (FRS 102).

– To review accounting systems and issue financial procedures to ensure the financial business

is transacted in a secure and efficient manner.

– To assist in the production of timely financial and statistical reports.

– To assist in the co-ordination of the budget process and production of monthly and annual

budgets and forecasts for each constituent part of the organisation.

– To assist in the production of Annual accounts and to maintain records appropriate to the

requirements of the external auditors.

Financial Management and Control

– To help ensure systems are established and maintained in order to provide appropriate levels

of security and controls over resources and assets.

– To operate the Natwest applications regarding electronic enquiry and payments system, and

oversee all direct debit/standing order accounting procedures.

– To assist in the development and maintenance of a computerised fixed asset module.

– To assist in the planning and management of the charity’s tax liabilities under existing and

proposed legislation.

– To assist in the production of VAT returns and the development of improved VAT accounting

procedures with a view to enhanced input tax recovery.

– To provide technical support to project staff in formulating and implementing project

accounting systems, including grant accounting.

– To ensure accounting records are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the

Companies and Charities Acts.

Financial Systems and IT

– To oversee manual and computerised financial systems, to ensure that they are maintained,

up to date and accurate for MEC.

– To support the HR function in the provision of appropriate training for staff in financial

computer systems and programs.

– To develop and design relevant reports using Sage 200.

– Payroll

– Liaise with external payroll provider for weekly and monthly salaries.

– Process employee payments both manually and electronically.

– To follow month and year end procedures and reports using the Payroll checklist.

Communication

– To communicate clearly (in writing and verbally) at all times and especially in the

explanation of complex financial information to a wide range of audiences within MEC/TMT.

General

– Provide support to Head of Finance on all other ad-hoc accounting matters arising in the

running of the Charity.

– Support the Message Group Finance Team in additional duties within the scope of the

Finance Team.

– To carry out any additional duties as may be reasonably required. The Message Trust, Lancaster House, Harper Road, Manchester M22 4RG | 0161 946 2300 | info@message.org.uk

The Message Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales No. 03961183. Registered Charity No. 1081467. VAT Registration No. GB 727 177616

Personal Development

– The post-holder will be expected to

– To keep abreast of developments by appropriate reading, attending seminars and training

courses.

– Strive continuously to grow and develop in the knowledge of God, understanding of grace,

and expression of the fruits of the Spirit.

– Enter fully into The Message Trust team life, including morning prayers, monthly prayer days

and evening prayer meetings.

Qualifications

Essential:

Part qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA,

CIPFA or equivalent body).

Desirable:

Fully Qualified Accountant from relevant body.

Experience

Skills

Essential:

– Double-entry bookkeeping.

– Bank reconciliations.

– Balance Sheet account reconciliations.

– Budgeting and forecasting.

– Production of management

accounts / other.

– Monthly financial reporting.

– Maintenance of customer & supplier

accounts.

– Experience of reporting on financial results.

Desirable:

– Experience of the Charitable sector and

fund accounting.

– Preparing VAT returns and partial[1]exemption calculations.

– Preparing Annual Reports and Financial

Statements.

– Experience managing or supervising staff.

– Monthly payroll processes.

Essential:

– Good financial & business information[1]management skills.

– High level of numeracy and literacy.

– Ability to analyse and interpret financial

information, variances, and trends.

– Ability to clearly communicate financial

information and it’s meaning to non-finance

staff.

– Strong relational and interpersonal skills.

– Management and supervisory skills.

– Ability to organise with attention to detail.

– Good Excel skills.

Desirable:

– General proficiency in all Microsoft Office

and 365 programs, including Teams.

– Experience using Sage 200 or similar

accounting software.

– Ability to motivate others.

– A pastoral heart and the ability to get the

best out of team by ensuring that they are

cared for.

– Full UK Driving Licence.The Message Trust, Lancaster House, Harper Road, Manchester M22 4RG | 0161 946 2300 | info@message.org.uk

The Message Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales No. 03961183. Registered Charity No. 1081467. VAT Registration No. GB 727 177616

Personal Qualities

– Committed Christian who recognises Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

– Team player who works well with others and respects and supports leadership.

– Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure.

– Commitment to uphold the principles of equal opportunities in accordance with TMT’s

Equality & Diversity Policy and all related policies.

– Commitment to uphold and abide by TMT’s Health & Safety principles and code of conduct.

– Commitment to seek financial and prayerful contributions to the ministry.

– Applicants should be able to articulate a clear vision for their role within the work of The

Message, particularly with reference to their ability to function within the framework of its

Mission, Vision, Ethos and Values.

Notes

All Message staff are set a personal fundraising target. We ask that the successful applicant

has a minimum of £75 per month of regular financial support before commencing employment,

increasing to £125 per month by the end of the three-month probation period and aims to add

one supporter a month after that. Training and support will be given to help you achieve this.

Staff are also expected to organise and take part in, at least one fundraising or other sponsored

event annually.

This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line

with future organisational changes.

The successful candidate for this post will be asked to apply for a DBS check at Enhanced

level and the content of that check could affect ability of the Message to extend the offer of

employment.

Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR): This post has been identified as having a GOR to

be filled by a Christian under the provisions of the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief)

Regulations 2003 Section 7.2

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