Fundraising Finance Officer - Accountancy Apprentice

British Red Cross
44, Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL
Competitive salary
01 Mar 2021
13 Mar 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Duties Include -
  • To support in the timely preparation of monthly management accounts and performance reporting
  • To establish relationships with fundraising executives and work with them in understanding provided reporting and in processing required adjustments to ensure the integrity of the accounts and improve BRC financial management
  • To support in the technical preparation of budgets, advising budget holders on the appropriate structure and supporting in the analysis of submissions to enable leadership to efficiently interrogate and understand the budget
  • To develop modelling capability and models in order to improve understanding of long term value and progress in achieving the fundraising objectives within BRC's strategy
  • To assist in the preparation of the annual report and statutory submissions to government bodies and ensure BRC is compliant with the relevant legal requirements
  • To be one of the primary finance contacts for resolving or escalating queries for the Fundraising Finance team
  • To maintain iterative review and monitoring of expenditure to ensure that fundraising is cost effective and in line with appropriate budgets
  • To explain financial issues to non-finance colleagues, teaching them how to understand financial information to improve overall effectiveness
  • To support the team and your own development through taking on additional responsibilities and project work as required
  • To pursue a formal, funded, apprenticeship, studying for and completing the exams and other requirements to pass the ACCA and become a chartered accountant

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Strong record of academic or vocational achievement, especially quantitative
  • Analytical ability and familiarity with working with data to deliver insight
  • Robust problem-solving approach and decision making ability
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good Excel skills
  • Computer literate with good Microsoft Office skills

  • Academic exposure to or understanding of business management and/or accountancy
  • Understanding of the not-for-profit sector
  • Knowledge of accounting standards and practices
  • Experience with accounts or ledger systems

Personal qualities

  • Investigates and analyses information
  • Gathers evidence to build the case for change or resolve issues by analysing relevant information and identifying connections
  • Investigates problems or situations beyond routine questioning
  • Finds those closest to the issue and investigates further
  • Working collaboratively - Pro-actively builds collaborative relationships internally and externally
  • Takes the time to be curious, gets to know others and their perspective, formally and informally
  • Manages relationships and partnerships for the long term - sharing insights, building trust, constructively and openly tackling conflict in order to agree solutions
  • Helps others to understand the common ground
  • Solution Focussed - Sees multiple connections
  • Defines the desired outcome by breaking the situation down into component parts
  • Identifies trends and questions inconsistencies in information/data
  • Anticipates obstacles, thinks ahead about next steps and contingencies
  • Uses a range of methods to identify solutions and make decisions, involving others where appropriate
  • Ensures inclusive practice and promotes diversity

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths
  • 3 A-Levels C or above including Mathematics at A or above
  • A degree in a quantitative or business minded subject is desirable

Future prospects

The financial planning and performance team at the British Red Cross offers many opportunities for progression. Financial accountants and finance business partners support the service directorates in maximising the impact of donor funds. On successful completion of an apprenticeship, the role holder would be an ideal candidate for one of these roles.

Alternatively, the analytical, technical and stakeholder skills that an apprentice will develop means, along with their deep familiarity with the BRC and their movement, that they would be an attractive candidate in an array of other functions such as strategic planning, insight and programme management.

Things to consider

Benefits Include;
  • Flexible working - Your work-life balance is important to us. We'll do what we can to make sure you can work in a way which suits you and your lifestyle
  • 36 days annual leave plus the chance to purchase 5 extra days leave - It's time to refresh. We recognise the importance of plenty of time off to recharge
  • Training and development opportunities - We want you to be the best you can be. We provide a range of courses and training opportunities to further your development
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and careers leave - Take the time you need to care for your loved ones
  • Wellbeing support and advice helpline - Mental health matters. We want all our staff to know they have someone to talk to when they need it most
  • Pension scheme - We want you to feel secure in the knowledge you can look forward to a comfortable, happy retirement
  • Employee discounts - As a British Red Cross member of staff, you will be eligible for a Blue Light Card which offers discounts at various well-known shops, restaurants, and brands
  • Cycle to work scheme - Hop on your bike and get active. Your physical health and wellbeing is important to us
  • Season ticket loan - We'll provide an interest free loan to spread out the cost of your commute to work

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