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Finance Officer

Cavernoma Alliance UK
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28 Jul 2021

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1 in 625 people have a cavernoma; a cluster of abnormal blood vessels in the brain or spine that look like a raspberry. Whilst most people don't experience symptoms, those who do can have haemorrhages, seizures, headaches, neurological problems and a range of other life impacting symptoms. Cavernoma Alliance UK (CAUK) is a member led organisation, run by and for those impacted by cavernoma.

Since 2005 CAUK has grown from a volunteer led organisation based in Dorchester to a UK wide registered charity with 5 part-time staff, 40+ volunteers, 3000+ members and an income of around £110,000 per annum. CAUK has three strategic priorities: to provide support to people impacted by cavernoma, to improve care by raising awareness and understanding of cavernoma amongst clinicians and to drive forward a search for a cure.


The role of the Finance Officer is to take executive responsibility for upkeep and maintenance of our financial affairs, to produce a quarterly financial report including management accounts for our Trustee Board and statutory financial reporting to the Charity Commission.

The FO will report to the CEO, Joanne Noakes with a line to the Treasurer (a Trustee).

We are prepared for this person to be a part-time employee or to act in a consultancy role, and this will be subject of negotiation with the Trustees. We are interested in any suitably qualified candidate, preferably with an accountancy qualification, but certainly with significant accountancy experience. We are interested in any applicant who will find helping to develop an important national charity an exciting challenge, and one which requires considerable initiative.

Payment is based on the work requiring an average of 4 hours per week at £20 per hour long-term, but an average of 6 hours per week for the first year as the person appointed becomes familiar with the work.

CAUK's accounts are maintained in the commercial accountancy package Xero. Our book-keeping is undertaken by our Administrator. Our payroll is administered by our accountants who also undertake our annual independent examination.


Key Responsibilities

Oversight of bookkeeping undertaken in the CAUK office. A point of contact for questions on analysis of transactions, Gift Aid, Just Giving and other fundraising facilities, banking. Help in ensuring coding of costs to Big Step is correct and consistent.
Review of our financial position on a monthly basis.
Compilation of Management Accounting for the quarterly Board Meetings, including variance analysis and commentary on total Charity reporting for year-to-date.
Commentary on the status of the accounting for our Restricted funds for Board meetings. In the most part these are identifiable records of expenditure of grants awarded by grant-awarding bodies.
Preparation of an annual budget for the charity.
End of financial year process of preparing the Receipts and Payments Account and liaising with the Independent Examiners.
Assisting the CEO with finance issues as required.
Work within CAUK administrative systems and policies.
Attendance at quarterly Board Meetings, held virtually via Zoom, but with the possibility of an annual face-to-face meeting.
Other ad-hoc financial matters.
Undertake such other duties as may lie within the scope of this post to ensure the effective development of the charity.


Essential Criteria

Accountancy or related qualification or considerable relevant experience.
Understanding of the requirements of the financial affairs of charities.
Aptitude to work in a small team.
Ability to work independently.

Desirable Criteria

Experience of charity finance, fundraising and pension schemes.
Familiarity with Xero
A preparedness to challenge others on financial matters and, if necessary, make unpopular recommendations to the Treasurer and the Board


Please submit a CV and a covering letter explaining why you are the right person for this post.


If we wish to offer you this post, we will write to two referees, nominated by you, who will be able to give their opinion as to your suitability for this role. One of these should be your current or last employer. We are unable to accept a reference from a family member or personal friend. We will not contact your referees unless we intend to offer you the position.

The Selection Process

If you are being invited for interview, you will be contacted by the Chair of the Selection Panel to give you details of the date, time and venue for next stage of the selection process.


12.00 Noon on 1st September 2021

Interviews will be held in September

Please let us know if you are unable to attend an interview in this period when you send in your completed application. This will not disadvantage you in the selection process
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