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Financial controller

Part time: 16h/week

Salary: £45,000 pro rata 

Deadline for applications: Friday 10 March 2023

Applicants informed: Monday 13 March 2023

Interviews: Thursday 16 March (PM) 

Start date: ASAP

Are you an experienced Finance Manager/Senior Accountant (or equivalent), who has ideally worked in 
a start-up and is looking to work part-time 2 days a week (with flexibility on the exact days and hours 
We are seeking a Finance Manager to join us whilst we begin our next exciting growth phase.

The Finance Manager will be responsible for the management of the company-wide finances across a 
range of projects and core running of the company. They will work closely with the Leadership Team.
Reporting into the COO, your role will include assessing, improving, and implementing new systems, 
controls and procedures, producing monthly management information, cashflows, budgets, forecasts, 
payroll and any other duties as required by the organisation. 

We use Xero for accounting and payroll and experience with this application is desirable. The role will 
also include automating several manual processes and helping the business become more efficient.

Key Responsibilities:
• Weekly cashflow management and reporting
• Monthly payroll 
• Support the budget process
• System and process improvement

Ideal Candidate:
• Previous experience within a similar role
• Knowledge of Xero is desirable not essential

What you will do:

  • Oversee financial management of the company, including direct management of processes incl. purchase invoices, sales, credit/bank card reconciliations and expenses reconciliations.

  • Prepare the annual budget/forecasts with the COO and management team.

  • Lead on developing budgets for prospective projects in line with business strategy.

  • Prepare quarterly management accounts with cash flow forecasts.

  • Create and maintain annual and multi-year budgets, including Company Budget and Management Accounts, ensuring expenditure is tightly controlled, and savings are made where possible.

  • Managing the reconciliation of project budgets and monitoring expenditure by the wider team

  • Support the Company develop new financial systems and practices in line with company growth.

  • Processing invoices and payroll, ensuring that all payments are processed in a timely manner.

  • Ensuring appropriate and up to date financial risk management (policies, procedures, controls) are embedded throughout the company at strategic and operational levels

  • Managing grant and investment financial reporting and claims

  • Manage all internal record keeping and online finance systems (Xero) 

  • Preparation of VAT returns, the annual report and year end accounts; acting as the main contact with the auditors


What you will need:

  • At least 5-years’ experience of working in financial or management reporting in a similar role with comparable responsibilities and targets

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Xero and other similar accounting software, with advanced Excel skills

  • Experience of working closely with budget holders and non-finance stakeholders

  • Thorough, accurate, proactive and a keen eye for detail.

  • Able to identify solutions and able to lead and implement company-wide improvements and efficiencies.

  • Responsive to competing needs in a fast-paced organisation, able to prioritise and meet deadlines 

  • Strong delivery focus, taking on end-to-end ownership of projects and/or products.

  • Self-management and drive; willing to proactively take on complex challenges

Your benefits:

  • Flexible working schedules - You will be based in our brand-new West London offices but will have the flexibility for hybrid work-from-home arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about any scheduling preferences you may have.

  • Employee Option Plan – You get equity in IONATE, so as we succeed so do you.

  • Career Development – It’s important to us that you have the opportunity for ongoing professional development and career growth.

  • Cycle to Work and EV scheme - Low carbon travel is important for everyone, so we have in place both cycle and EV schemes to help you purchase a bicycle or electric car. 

  • Slow travel: We believe in a low carbon future, so if you wish to travel by a lower carbon method - but it takes much longer than flying - we will give you an extra 2 days holiday per year. 

Apply by sending a cover letter (incl. two references) and a CV to Rebecca, our Head of Operations.

IONATE has a friendly team that collaborate and support one-another. Even if you don’t fit all of the description above, but you are passionate about the work we are doing and could add value to our team, please apply! We believe in making positions fit the skills of people, not the other way around. We are also committed to provide equal opportunities, a diverse and inclusive work environment, and fairness for everyone. We encourage you to apply no matter your race, gender identity, sexuality, age, family or civil status, disability, religion, or ethnicity.

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