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Head of Finance

The House of St Barnabas
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28 Jul 2021

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The House of St Barnabas is a charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness. We run a social business, our not-for-profit members' club in our Grade I listed home on Soho Square to help people prosper through paid employment, allowing them to break their cycle of homelessness. We are seeking to re-define the notion of a private members' club, challenging stereotypes around ideas of exclusivity and creating a community united by a passion for social change.

Academy participants and graduates are at the heart of all we do. The journey for trainees starts with a 12-week Employment Programme offering onsite work experience and training throughout the club and charity offices, and continues with 12 months of mentoring and ongoing support from our Academy team.

When our programme is in progress, participants will be on work experience throughout the House; in the club spaces and in our offices. The HoSB team act as professional buddies to those in office-based roles, working closely with them to provide skills training and to set a positive example of ways of working. This one to one support throughout the programme gives the participant a nurturing environment to learn and flourish.

We are looking for a special individual to join us who is excited to play a part in people's journey towards lasting paid employment and independence.

Job description:

We are looking for a fully qualified accountant to head up the finance team. You will be proactive, professional, keen to continually improve standards and enjoy contributing to cross team projects. You will have experience of managing a finance team; the ability to support and deputise for the Finance Director when necessary; strong technical accounting skills and knowledge; excellent written and verbal communication skills and an impressive academic record.

Areas of responsibility:

Support the Diector to prepare information for the SLT, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Board of Trustees
Deputise for the Finance Director as required
Manage the other team members and support any Employment Academy participants as required
Oversee the preparation and audit of the annual report and accounts and other statutory submissions
Further develop our professional monthly management accounts pack
Be responsible for effective treasury management and cashflow forecasting
Develop and maintain the financial system and ensure effective and efficient finance processes including integrations with the CRM and point of sales (POS) systems
Be the lead relationship with banks, auditors, HMRC, loan and grant making bodies
Provide excellent, analytical management reports as required
Provide advice and support on the development of hospitality processes and information
Lead or participate in organisational projects as appropriate
Develop our future VAT strategy to ensure compliance and maximise our tax position
Automate our payments process
Oversee the production of VAT returns and Gift Aid claims
Check that the payroll (outsourced) is accurate

Personal specification


Experience of managing a finance team and producing monthly accounts in both a charitable and commercial setting
Experience of managing the final accounts process and working knowledge of Charity SORP
VAT expertise
Excellent IT skills
Excellent communication skills
Cross-team project management skills and experience
Fully qualified accountant
Ability to see the big picture whilst having attention to detail
Ability to assimilate and analyse new information quickly and accurately
Ability to predict problems and formulate solutions
Role model HoSB values and ways of working across HoSB


Finance experience in a membership-based organisation
Finance experience in a hospitality organisation
Experience of Xero accounts package
Experience of Lightspeed PoS system
Experience of Salesforce CRM

What we can do for you - why working for us is so great.....

House of St Barnabas provides the following great benefits:

The opportunity to make a meaningful impact, playing a part in people's journey towards lasting paid employment
33 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
Half a day extra leave for your birthday so you can celebrate in style
Flexible working hours (in line with business needs)
Fun team days out twice a year
Free Barista coffee from our club downstairs(!)
Auto-enrolment into our pension scheme
Access to a whole host of amazing talks gigs and events
Attending our amazing graduation ceremonies

We look forward to hearing from you!
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