We are recruiting a Finance Manager

We are looking for the right person to support the Head of Finance as the Finance Manager.

Salary: The salary for this position ranges from £32,000-£42,000 based on experience

Working Hours: This role is full-time, requiring 37.5 hours per week, within our core hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.  

Application deadline: 24 May, 2024

Who are we? 

Great Western Credit Union (GWCU) is a mission-led co-operative financial services social enterprise dedicated to making people and neighbourhoods across the South West better off through working together to provide ethical savings and fair loans. We offer financial services in a way that is fair and inclusive, and that strengthens our local communities and economies. 

The role:The purpose of this job is to support the Head of Finance in managing the finance function, ensuring that financial and member account information is accurate, reports are timely and complete, and forecasts and projections are reliable. As Finance Manager, you'll oversee a high volume of transactions, with the finance team processing 1000+ transactions in and out each day. You'll ensure that members' accounts are accurate and up-to-date, while also managing payments for housing-related projects for local authorities.


You should apply if you have: 

  • Full or part qualification through AAT, ACCA or CIMA or equivalent. 

  • Experience in a busy finance role combining transaction processing, account reconciliation and reporting.  

  • Strong attention to detail, good analytical skills and ability to problem solve.  

  • Management skills including the ability to plan work and to prioritise effectively.  

  • Strong commitment to purpose in banking and an ability to articulate this to colleagues and stakeholders. 

We are even more keen to hear from you if you have: 

  • Financial Services experience.  

  • Strong Excel skills.  

  • Experience preparing management information reports.  

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Identifying and supporting efficiency gains aligned with GWCU's strategic plans. 

  • Implementing new ways of working to improve services for members and partners. 

  • Overseeing daily transaction processing to ensure accuracy and timeliness. 

  • Managing all accounting processes, including accounts payable and receivable. 

  • Ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Managing stand-alone projects in collaboration with local authorities and partners. 

  • Overseeing monthly payroll, including ensuring that payments to staff, HMRC, pension providers, etc. are paid made and on time. 

What’s on offer?We currently work from two offices, one in central Bristol and one in Dorchester, and you would be expected to be based at our central Bristol office. 

We offer a hybrid working model, with an agreed minimum number of days per week in the office depending on roles.  

We have great, supportive family-friendly policies and we are very open to flexible working. 

We have a great benefits package including: 

  • Flexible working in a positive, supportive environment. Hybrid working after initial training.  

  • 25 days holiday (rising to 27 days after 2 years and 30 days after 5 years) plus statutory bank holidays. Birthday extra day off. ClimatePerks extra time off for low carbon travel. Time off for volunteering. Sell or buy extra holiday.  

  • Private health insurance. Health cash plan. Death in service insurance. Long-term sickness salary insurance.  

  • Interest-free season ticket loan. Cycle to work loan. Individual learning allowance.  

  • 7% GWCU pension contribution on total salary.  

  • Living Wage Foundation accredited employer and seeking Living Pension accreditation.  

Inclusivity and Equal Opportunity: 

As an equal-opportunity employer, we are committed to fostering a wholly inclusive environment that reflects our dedication to serving all our members, regardless of their background. 

Support and Accessibility: 

Should you require any adjustments to the application process due to disability or neurodiversity, please inform us. We are here to provide the necessary support. 

Ability to commute/relocate: 

Bristol, BS2 8QF: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting (required) 

Work Location: 

Hybrid/remote in Bristol, BS2 8QF 

Reference ID: Finance Manager 

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the role to jobs@gwcu.org.uk.

Job offers will be subject to pre- employment checks including:

  • Right to work in UK
  • DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check,   
  • Adverse credit check
  • FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) check

Ready to make a difference and grow with Great Western Credit Union? Apply now and be part of our supportive team! 

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24 April 2024