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Finance Officer

Job Description

Due to expansion, Venture Recruitment Partners are working with a leading Charity based in Portsmouth in their recruitment for an Assistant Accountant on a permanent basis.

Reporting to the Finance Director, the main elements of this role are the day to day financial activities of the charity, as well as providing ad-hoc financial support to the Business Development and Support Director, CEO and projects.


Key responsibilities of the Assistant Accountant will include:

  • Processing and recording financial activity within the company and providing accurate and effective financial information.
  • Preparation of month end balances and reports, plus all aspects of end of year accounting.
  • Working closely with the auditor to ensure the business is working within set guidelines.
  • Assisting with production of monthly management accounts, including budget forecasting and apportionment of overhead expenditure.
  • Day-to-day bookkeeping tasks, including checking all transactions have correct authorisation, maintaining purchase and sales ledgers, timely banking of income, payment of supplier’s invoices, processing expenses, monitoring direct debit payments, bank reconciliation and credit control.
  • Preparation and maintenance of spreadsheets and working papers for the monitoring of all income and expenditure.
  • Assisting the Finance Director in the preparation of financial management information and reports required by funding agencies and project partners.
  • Liaising with external parties, e.g. auditors, funders, key stakeholders.
  • Maintaining accurate accounting records, filing systems and computer files
  • Assisting with the financial aspects of grant funding applications.
  • Providing monthly reconciliation reports on Housing Benefit payments.
  • Providing accurate breakdown and allocation of staff salary.
  • Working with external auditors to ensure full compliance with annual audit and preparation of the year-end audit file.
  • Reconciling spending on business issued charge, debit and credit cards.
  • Raising invoices as instructed in line with purchase orders, chasing late payments and raising potential bad debts with the Finance Director.
  • Reconciling monthly bank statements against Sage.
  • Recording and maintaining petty cash accounts.
  • Providing support to Payroll Officer with pay and pensions.


The ideal candidate for the Assistant Accountant job will be:

  • A proactive and diligent individual who shares the values of the charity and can demonstrate a commitment to personal development.
  • AAT qualified (or equivalent) with relevant experience in a similar role.
  • Experienced in the voluntary sector (desirable but not essential).
  • An excellent communicator, both verbally and in written form.
  • Highly accurate with clear presentation skills.


This position will require you to be in the offices in Portsmouth 5 days a week, therefore you must be able to commute here daily.


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