Financial Accountant

  • Finance
  • Location Bradford Head Office based 
  • Starting salary £33,856 per annum for full time hours 
  • Hours Full time — 37.5 hours per week 
  • Start date ASAP 
  • Closing date 25 October 2022 


The Finance department consists of two teams – Finance Operations and Finance Business Partnering. The Finance Operations Team is responsible for the accounting of all income and expenditure related to the running of the charity, and includes the Client Money Finance Team, which is responsible for managing the money that we hold on behalf of clients. The Finance Business Partnering Team is responsible for supporting and advising the different teams across CAP in their strategic and operational decision-making. 


The finance department is going through an exciting period of transformation. This role will lead the Charity Finance Team, within Finance Operations, as we automate processes, implement and maximise new tech systems and develop better data and reporting capabilities.

This role is responsible for managing the Charity Finance Team; and preparation, development and analysis of financial accounting information, financial statements, regulatory reporting and financial controls.

Manager accountabilities

  • Manager is proactive in creating a culture of personal development in the team, including but not limited to Personal Development Programmes (PDPs), reviews and coaching for every direct report
  • Manager is a secure and honest leader, able to acknowledge mistakes, lead with vulnerability and build a high trust team
  • Manager has excellent written and verbal communication skills and can tailor these to the audience and situation as needed
  • Consistently and professionally articulates the needs of the team to wider stakeholders, whether as part of specific projects or business-as-usual tasks
  • Manager is able to balance team workloads, boundaries and health using appropriate and effective strategic methods such as LEAN, problem definition and ideation tools

Key accountabilities:

To provide leadership and technical expertise in the following areas:

Monthly accounts & management information

  • Responsibility for balance sheet reporting, capital expenditure, cash flow and restricted funds with some areas needing development.
  • Responsibility for oversight of the financial accounting side of the monthly accounts process
  • Train and supervise the Assistant Financial Accountant to take on greater responsibility for the preparation work. 
  • Oversee the production of vital processes that underpin the reporting timetable (expenses, payroll, accounts payable), to enable finance business partners to report on time.
  • Income accounting — streamlining how the charity records income on our accounting software, in particular aligning the analysis with that of the CRM software (Inspire).
  • Review income allocation accounting and budgetary treatment of expenditure items, providing steers and decisions where necessary 

Financial processes & controls

  • Continue to review, document and identify further improvements needed to financial processes to evidence strong internal and external controls, segregation of duties and risk mitigation.
  • Ensuring all necessary statutory returns are completed and/​or submitted by deadlines e.g. HMRC returns, ONS surveys, grant claim forms
  • Ensure charity bank accounts are maintained, signatory changes updated promptly and sufficient signatories are available to meet service requirements.

Year end accounts/​statutory audit 

  • Preparation of the annual financial statements for the annual report
  • Identify work packages that can be delegated to other members of the team to assist in the preparation of working papers 
  • Liaising with auditors and the comms team, providing any additional supporting information required.
  • Ensuring that the annual report is up to date each year with the latest financial reporting disclosures and requirements.

Data & systems development

  • Oversee the design and implementation of new financial reports and automation of processes, leading to better financial information and data analytics for all stakeholders.
  • Provide specialist and technical financial support to the project manager, Head of Financial Operations and the Head of Finance Business Partnering on implementation of new systems as and when required.

Other miscellaneous

  • Perform checks on monthly payroll runs to support People Operations in delivering payroll
  • Provide assistance, financial accounting advice and support to the Senior Finance Business Partner in the preparation of budgets.
  • Act as senior point of contact for stakeholders outside the finance department, providing technical advice where required (including International)
  • Attend ad hoc meetings as finance representative when required e.g. Emergency aid Board, Inspire Board

CAP offer a generous Rewards & Well-being package, including:

  • 6.5% employer pension contribution
  • 34 days annual holiday (including flexible bank holidays)
  • 1 additional days holiday for each full year of service (up to a max of 5 additional days)
  • 2 paid Mental Health days and up to 5 days Family Emergency leave per year
  • Paid Revive’ days to take time out with your team during the year
  • Enhanced paid sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Access to Employer Assistance Programme 
  • Gym membership discount
  • Hybrid working
  • Flexitime from day one (start/​finish earlier or later in the day, accrue extra time off & achieve that work/​life balance)

    plus many more! (see the rewards brochure below under related documents’ for further information and pro-rata details for part time employees)

Under the 2010 Equality Act, schedule 9, we have a genuine occupational requirement for all employees and volunteers to be practising Christians.

For further information, please contact the People & Culture team on 01274 760720 (option 6) or email [email protected]

Information on genuine occupational requirements.

CAP celebrates the value of diversity and our aim is for our workforce to be as inclusive as possible as well as representing the communities we serve. With this in mind, we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. We are committed to continue building an environment that embraces diversity and includes all.

All adults working in, or on behalf of the CAP have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults. This includes a responsibility to ensure a safe environment in which CAP Services can be delivered, and identify children and adults where there may be safeguarding concerns and to follow the CAP Safeguarding Policy in addressing any concerns appropriately.

You are advised to submit your completed application form as soon as possible to have the best chance of being considered. We reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date where we have a high response rate.

Please note that we are unable to consider applicants who do not presently have permission to work in the UK.