We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Officer to join our team on a hybrid working basis with 2 days a week based at NGA's office in Birmingham and 3 days working remotely. In return, you will receive a competitive salary of £24,000 - £26,500 per annum depending on experience.National Governance Association is the only national membership organisation for school governors and trustees in England, and we work to improve the effectiveness of governing boards in both maintained schools and academies. As such it is the first port of call for many of the policymakers in the education sector who wish to understand the governor's view. We pride ourselves on our expertise and the quality of our products and services. Alongside our memberships, NGA offers training, e-learning, and consultancy.As our Finance Officer, you will undertake operational finance activities and tasks to support the Head of Finance throughout the financial year, including the end-of-year audit.Benefits of joining us:- 25 days annual leave + bank holidays (increases to 26 after 3 years' continuous service and to 27 after 6 years' service)- Pension contribution at 7%- Flexible working arrangements- Wellbeing support through our employee assistance programme- Cycle-to-work scheme- Option to buy and sell annual leave- Railcards for qualifying staff- Healthy CPD budgetKey responsibilities of our Finance Officer will include:- Working closely with Head of Finance to ensure receipts are recorded correctly on Sage 50 and membership accounts are validated/activated on Sage CRM- Issuing monthly invoices and reminders for new and existing membership subscriptions, training, consultancy, etc- Reviewing online applications to ensure card payments have been successful and issuing invoices where payments have failed, or requested- Updating Sage CRM with cheques received, cheques are banked on a weekly basis and entered onto Sage once cleared in the bank- Taking credit card payments over the telephone and ensuring members are emailed confirmation of receipt- Processing credit notes and cancellations accurately and updating the Sage CRM daily- Assisting with the credit control function, chasing outstanding payments for membership renewals and new customers by phone and email- Identifying and contacting unpaid membership subscriptions on a monthly to encourage business retention- Entering supplier invoices/expense claims, collating supporting receipts, and getting appropriate authorisations for payment per policy- Recording expenditure transactions in sage, checking and ensuring correct coding- Administrating and reviewing credit cards, ensuring usage is per policy and transactions are correctly posted to Sage, with supporting documents and appropriate authorisations secured- Reviewing and processing advance redemptions and petty cash, ensuring all receipts are provided, and obtaining approval per policy- Assisting the Head of Finance with day-to-day finance management issues and assisting with analysis work- Monitoring the Finance mailbox and personal mailbox daily and actioning all queries- Supporting the implementation of new processes and carrying out User Acceptance Testing where requiredWhat we're looking for in our ideal Finance Officer:- AAT Level 2 qualified or relevant experience- 2 years minimum in a similar role- Experience of Sage accounting software or other packages- Ability to carry out debt-chasing activities via telephone- Advanced excel skills- Excellent professional telephone manner, interpersonal skills, administration skills, and written skills with a high level of attention to detail.- Able to work independently without supervision and as part of a small team.- Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Office and email systems- Ability to prioritise with excellent organisation and time management skillsClosing Date: 12 noon, Monday 18th July 2022Interview Date: Wednesday 20th July 2022NGA are actively recruiting for this position and may contact shortlisted candidates prior to the published closing date so early applications are encouraged.If you feel that you are the right candidate for the role as our Finance Officer or would like to find out more information about the role, then please click 'apply' now.We'd love to hear from you.