Finance Officer


10 – 20k GBP



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Flexi Time Job




Are you an experienced finance professional committed to making the world a safer place for future generations? The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is looking for a new Finance Officer to take charge of the administration and reporting of CND’s finances.

CND campaigns non-violently to achieve nuclear disarmament in Britain and around the world. Now is a crucial time for CND. As the danger of nuclear war increases, CND works for peace and disarmament.

Not only will the successful candidate be committed to CND’s aims and objectives, they will be keen to continually develop our ways of working by taking initiative and being well organised, to best support our campaign. They will have significant experience of Sage or similar accounting packages and be accomplished in the use of Excel for financial work. The successful candidate will have experience of schedule preparation for annual accounts, and familiarity with payroll and staff pension payment administration, amongst other skills.

The role is conveniently based at our office on Holloway Road. Regular working hours are 21 hours a week, over 3 – 5 days per week by mutual agreement, in addition to our usual flexible working hours. The position is permanent following a 3-month probationary period. The salary is £34,147 per annum pro rata (approximately £20,488), and the successful candidate will be entitled to 28 days of holiday pro rata (approximately 16 days), plus bank holidays and a contributory pension scheme.

The purpose of the CND staff team is to facilitate the promotion of the core message of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which is that all nuclear weapons are morally and practically indefensible and therefore should be abolished. The job holder will be committed to CND's long term aim of global nuclear disarmament and to its strategic priorities.


The Finance Officer maintains weekly contact with the CND Treasurer and has responsibility for administering and effective recording of all CND's financial transactions, continuously improving both. The Finance Officer will prepare appropriate financial information and be alert to potential problems to raise and discuss with the Treasurer.

Specific responsibilities

Banking and petty cash
• Ensure timely banking of cash and cheques, and processing of all bank receipts.
• Ensure timely payment of all invoices.
• Manage cash flow to maintain adequate account balances across all accounts including deposit accounts, in consultation with the Treasurer.
• Bank and process all cash transactions, code expenses and income and enter into accounting software (Sage 50 Accounts Essential).
• Take overall responsibility for all petty cash disbursements and record keeping.

Personnel support - pension payments, payroll
• Maintain in-house payroll (Sage 50 Payroll), administer payment to employees and payment and returns to HMRC, Pension companies and other relevant third parties.

Record keeping and report preparation
• Ensure that all written financial procedures are adhered to and in particular ensure that appropriate supporting documentation, with appropriate evidence of authorisation, is filed for all payments and receipts.
• Prepare monthly reconciliations between accounting software and bank statements.
• Maintain purchase and nominal ledgers, performing periodic checks on their integrity.
• Make monthly reconciliations of Control Accounts.
• Prepare figures for management accounts and other reports on a weekly, monthly & annual basis for Treasurer, Administration and Finance Group (AFG) and staff as appropriate.
• Prepare cashflow forecasts.
• Regularly review cash handling procedures and financial policies and make recommendations to the Treasurer.

Annual accounts and budget preparation
• Prepare financial schedules for final accounts and present audit trails in convenient form.
• Work with the Database Manager to reconcile income in Sage & within the database
• Maintain a register of fixed assets.
• Liaise with the external accountant over the preparation of the statutory accounts and the corporation tax return.
• Maintain legacy files.
• Calculate share out of legacies in consultation with the Database Manager.
• Prepare draft budgets for CND in consultation with the Treasurer and other staff.


Provide similar, albeit on a much smaller scale, support to the Nuclear Education Trust, CND's sister charity.

Any other tasks that may reasonably be required of this position.

General Responsibilities

1) Day-to-day contact for general enquiries.
2) Participate fully in CND's teamwork ethos.
3) Where appropriate, hold spending budgets.
4) Promote and develop the role of volunteer and trainee staff within their area of responsibility.


The post holder is expected to be responsive to CND's policies, priorities and the changing needs of the Campaign, and will be expected to adapt the workload as required. In particular, the post holder will be prepared where necessary and if appropriate to assist with the work of the other staff. They will be expected to attend relevant meetings and briefings both within and outside the office, some of which may be outside normal office hours.


The Finance Officer is accountable to CND Council through CND's management structure. The Finance Officer will be directed by the CND officer team and will be line managed by a member of this team, which in the first instance will be the General Secretary. The Finance Officer will also report regularly to the CND Treasurer.

Hours of work and leave

Regular working hours are 21 hours per week. It is inevitable that in the nature of CND's work the Finance Officer will occasionally exceed this. When more hours are worked, time may be taken off in lieu by arrangement with other members of the Team and with the appropriate member of management. Holiday entitlement is 28 days per annum plus bank holidays, both pro rata.

Person Specification

Essential attributes

1) Commitment to the aims and objectives of CND.
2) Significant experience of Excel and its use in financial work.
3) Significant experience of Sage or other similar accounting package.
4) Experience of schedule preparation for annual accounts.
5) Experience of payroll and staff pension payment administration.
6) Strong organisational abilities, able to set achievable goals and be flexible in a changing working environment.
7) Experience of working to and meeting tight deadlines, taking initiative, prioritising.
8) Good communication skills both verbal and written.
9) Ability to work as part of a team.
10) Commitment to an equal opportunities policy.

Desirable attributes

1) Experience of budget management
2) Experience of using relational databases (preferably Raisers Edge).
3) Experience of legacy administration.
4) Ability to manage, support and help co-ordinate volunteers.

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding role please apply by Monday 3rd February, using our application form via the apply button below.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 10th February.