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Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant

Blue Cross for Pets
£35417 - £45000 per annum
Closing date
7 May 2021

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Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant
Burford, Oxfordshire
Permanent (full time, working 35 hours per week)
Salary: £35,417 - £45,000 per annum
Blue Cross are one of the UK’s leading rehoming organisations for animals. We support sick, injured, and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programmes.
What is the role?
Reporting to the Finance Business Partner the Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant role offers the successful candidate an opportunity to be exposed to the various activities of the charity including rehoming, clinical, fundraising and education. Accordingly, the role will play a pivotal part in helping the charity to achieve its 3 years strategic initiatives and generally supporting in shaping the charities future financial stability.
Activities will include analysis of data related to current performance, to identify potential risks and opportunities, and to support in data led decision making. As such, the ideal candidate will enjoy dealing with data and the analysis of data sets to produce insightful reports for a non-finance audience and to populate KPI suites, which they will help to define and formulate. This is also likely to focus on the analysis of current procurement activity and to support on cost saving initiatives within the area of procurement.
Alongside the Finance Business Partner, the role holder will design, build and implement appropriate business financial models. This will include the development of models for multi-year business modelling and will additionally support with the financial modelling of the charity’s strategic initiatives. Furthermore, the role will support budget holders in understanding and delivering their budgets in a financially sustainable manner.
With the current Covid-19 situation we are committed to our candidate's recruitment and onboarding experience, this means the hiring (and potentially onboarding) for this role will be done completely remotely. We will work with our candidates to make this process as smooth and accessible as possible.
What is required?
We are looking for people with the following:
- Degree level of education or equivalent through relevant training/experience
- ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified.
- A strong track record of budgeting, financial and business modelling, forecasting, planning, analysis and monitoring performance.
- Proven experience of presenting financial and management accounts, KPIs, reports and business analysis data.
- Highly proficient in the use of Excel, databases, MS Office and finance systems applications, use of data warehousing and reporting tools.
- Business awareness and commercial acumen.
- Demonstrated commitment to change and continuous improvement.
- Ability to communicate successfully, in writing and orally, with non-finance specialists across the organisation and with people at all levels
- Strong influencing and networking skills, with proven ability to work with others to achieve results
- Ability to develop innovative ways to improve income generation and support services
It would also be great if you had:
- Charities SORP accounting
- VAT and Partial Exemption
- Experience of working with SSRS and SSMS designing and reporting using SQL
- Knowledge of Access Dimensions and Focal Point systems
- Experience of Access Dimensions accounting software
To apply for this role, all candidates must complete the online application process. By clicking Apply, you will also be taken to a page where you can find out more about the role.
Please be aware that due to the current circumstances with COVID19, interviews will be held via virtually.
Closing Date: 7th May 2021
The first stage of our recruitment process will be a competency-based interview to find out more about you and we will share lots more information on the role. Following this, we will invite shortlisted applicants to complete a data analysis exercise during the second stage.
Interview dates will be as follows:
Telephone interview/Video call: w/c 17th May 2021
Second stage: w/c 24th May 2021
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.
Blue Cross holds inclusion as a core organisational value. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified, experienced, and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. We actively embrace our differences and know that it is our differences that make us unique. You are very welcome at Blue Cross, without the need to hide any part of who you are.


We help thousands of pets in need every month, providing veterinary care, expert behaviour help and find them loving happy homes, as well as advice and education for current or future pet owners and pet bereavement support. We develop lifelong relationships with pets and owners, providing quality care that is accessible and non-judgemental. With your support we can give back to more pets in need.

Pets change lives. We change theirs.

Our vision is that every pet will enjoy a healthy life in a happy home and we won’t rest until we achieve it. But we really need your help.

We care for around 40,000 pets every year but we know it’s not enough – there are many, many more out there who still desperately need us and we must be there for them.

  • £2 a day could keep a cat warm and safe at one of our centres
  • £20 could fund an unwanted horse’s basic hoof care
  • £136 could provide clinical care for a homeless dog during their stay with us
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