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World Heart Beat Music Academy

Location: South West London, with flexible working possible
Company: World Heart Beat 
Salary: £40-45k full-time – potential for part-time / job share 

Finance manager:

Are you an experienced, self-starting Finance Manager, with charity and/or arts experience, who’s keen to work flexibly? Do you have a hands-on approach, would like to add value and make a difference to a vibrant music charity? If so, then we would like to hear from you!

We are keen to hear from skilled finance professionals with a wide range of experience. We welcome applications from those looking to take on their first managerial position, as well as more senior candidates who may be returning to work after a pause in their career or looking to balance a role with their wider parenting and caring responsibilities.

We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to join us and help us develop our working practice. Anyone that can demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria will be invited for interview. World Heart Beat is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Who we are:

World Heart Beat Music Academy is a prestigious music charity in Wandsworth, SW London. Founded over a decade ago, we provide excellence in music education and performance providing grassroots, non-selective, richly diverse, music education programmes for children from a vast array of backgrounds.

Opening a vibrant new music centre:

Selected by London Borough of Wandsworth and developers Eco-World Ballymore from a competitive field of 42 cultural organisations, World Heart Beat has been awarded a 750 m2 building in Embassy Gardens in the heart of Nine Elms, on London’s south bank (part of the largest regeneration area in Europe). Construction of our music education centre and venue is set to begin in March 2021 and we plan to open in October 2021.

About the role:

Reporting to the CEO, supporting the Fundraising team and Artistic Director, the newly created role will be first contact point for financial matters in preparing, overseeing and reporting on the budgets for grant applications and accounts for the organisation.

The Finance Manager is a key member of our small team during our important expansion period and responsible for overall financial management of the organisation and for preparing the annual accounts and managing the audit process. The role also includes reviewing and implementing financial procedures, overseeing day-to-day and month-end financial management and accounting processes, cash and credit card management, and supporting the CEO with VAT and direct tax matters.

The post holder will manage the book-keeper in the delivery of World Heart Beat’s statutory, legal and validation requirements, via liaison with auditors, validating bodies and external financial and legal advisors; and working with the CEO in the preparation of reports for the Board of Trustees and the Executive.

Main task: 

  • Grant management 
  • Develop tools and systems to enable effective grant management
  • Support Budget Holders with preparing donor financial reports, including justification of allocation of costs to projects in accordance with grants terms and conditions
  • Work closely with the Directors and Project Managers for accurate and timely allocation and recording of expenses to the appropriate grants
  • Support Budget Holders by providing monthly budget versus actuals reports, addressing any over/underspends and ensuring activities are carried out as planned
  • Oversee the management and coordination of all financial reporting, including production of annual report and accounts and filing with regulators and including to funding agencies, with development and monitoring of contract and grant budgets 
  • Be responsible for ensuring all reporting and accounting requirements are fulfilled with regard to grants and subsidies
  • Provide informative reports for funders and stakeholders
  • Working with CEO in developing a number of forecasting models

Essential knowledge and experience:

  • Membership of a recognised accounting body 
  • At least 5 years’ experience in financial and grants management of large and complex projects 
  • Strong financial analytical skills and thorough knowledge of non-profit accounting principles
  • Ability to analyse, interpret complex data and make recommendations
  • Experience with computer accounting packages, and excellent computer literacy in MS Office Packages, with excellent Excel skills a must 
  • Strong interest and appreciation of the arts

How to apply

Please send us your CV along with a cover letter and EO (equal opportunities) monitoring form to Phoebe Devonald at phoebe@worldheartbeat.org

Please apply asap for consideration.

Deadline for applications is Friday 30th April.

Interviews will be taking place on Wednesday 5th May.