Toner Graham is working exclusively in partnership with The Ernest Cook Trust. All applications will be managed by Tom Burr on behalf of The Ernest Cook Trust. We respectfully request that no third parties contact the Trust directly.
The Ernest Cook Trust (ECT) was founded as an educational trust by Ernest Cook in 1952. The Trust was endowed with 14,462 acres of agricultural land, which has grown through acquisition and endowment to over 22,000 acres today. Our head office is based on the Fairford Estate in Gloucestershire.
The Trust’s Vision is an environmentally engaged society, and we have recently defined a new strategy to achieve this. This re-focus will support our aim of combining and maximising the capabilities of our learning functions, estates and grant-giving in a contemporary way as we approach our 70th year.
Our three main functions are:
· Management of the Landed Estates: Our 22,000 acres are spread over seven main estates and two other holdings in five counties (Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Dorset and Oxfordshire). The estates comprise around 40 let farms, some small parcels of woodland and 250 let houses and cottages.
· Grant giving: We currently support over 500 different organisations each year with around £2m of grants. We are refocusing our grant giving activity around our core vision.
· Direct Provision of Education: Around 33,000 children visit our estates annually and we have started to build partnerships with other estates and organisations, to deliver exciting programmes of work to fulfill our mission.
We are undergoing a period of significant growth and change, strategically looking at the areas we work in and why. Reviewing how we reach new audiences and considering how to work collaboratively across the sector to increase our own influence and impact as well as that of others. An opportunity has become available to join the team, reporting directly to the Interim Financial Controller.
Working within the accounting team your key duties will include management and administration of accounting processes, production of monthly management accounts and associated reconciliations and journals, variance analysis, provision of financial information to Learning and Estates teams, preparation of VAT returns, preparation of budget and forecasts along with reconciliations.
You will be expected to assist with other financial management activities such as audit processes, production of annual accounts and investment appraisals. As part of the wider Trust development, you will also support continuous improvement of financial systems and processes, including implementation of any new systems.
Specific responsibilities of the job include:
· Preparing monthly management accounts, budgets, reports and statements to support financial management throughout the organisation.
· Undertaking financial administration, for example journals, ad-hoc invoicing and transaction processing, reconciliations and so on.
· Supporting year-end accounts preparation, external and internal audit work.
· Working with budget holders and others on budgets, management accounts, variance analysis and any financial management reports.
· Support development, implementation and running of efficient and effective financial systems, policies and processes.
· Forecasting income and revenue expenditure, cash and capital expenditure.
· Supporting the development of investment appraisals for capital schemes.
· Other duties that may be required as part of a small financial management team.
We are looking for a proactive, motivated and enthusiastic management accountant to work as part of the finance team to deliver excellent financial management and support the changes ahead.
· Have experience within a similar role.
· Be qualified (or part-qualified with experience) CIMA/ACCA/ACA/AAT.
· Have excellent communication skills and a self-motivated approach.
· Be experienced in using accounting software, databases and Microsoft Office systems.
· Have intermediate or advanced MS Excel skills.
· Be able to work well under pressure.
· Have strong experience in management accounting processes.
It would be advantageous if you have worked within the charity or estates sector and/or have previous experience working within organisations that have varied systems and business streams.
We look forward to hearing from candidates who have a love of the countryside and respect the benefits to be gained from learning outdoors and from the land. In return we can offer support in developing your professional skills within our varied, creative and friendly (and dog-friendly!) working environment.
The Ernest Cook Trust is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependents, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. Successful candidates will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.
Defined contributory pension scheme with 10% employer contribution | 27 days annual leave plus 2 additional days at Christmas (discretionary) plus statutory holidays | Life assurance at 4 x gross salary and additional sickness benefit cover | Dynamic, creative and welcoming working environment | Training and development opportunities.
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