Finance Manager

Reporting to:     Director of Finance and Operations

Contract:     Applications accepted on both Temp-Perm and permanent basis, please specify on application

Hours:     Part-time - 21-28 hours per week, between Mondays to Fridays 9.30 to 5.30. Please specify your preferred hours in your application.

Salary:        Circa £50K per annum FTE

Media Trust background:

Media Trust is the UK’s leading Media Communications Charity. We help charities and community groups to develop their public voice and share the impact of their work by bringing their stories to life.

We do this by convening a network of professionals from across the Media industry to share their communications and media knowledge, expertise, skills and time with charitable organisations.

Together, we have been working to improve the lives of people and communities across the UK for more than 20 years.

We enjoy outstanding support from the Media Industry, their passion, creativity and skills help us make a huge difference to so many charities. Our media industry corporate members include: A+E Networks, adam&eveDDB, AMV BBDO, AOL, Ascential, BBC, BBH, Bloomberg, BT, Camelot, Channel 4, Clear Channel, Dentsu Aegis Network, Discovery, dmg media, Endemol Shine UK, ESI Media, Facebook, Fujitsu, Global, Google, GroupM, Guardian Media Group, Havas, Hearst Magazines UK, ITN, ITV, Maxus, MEC, Mediacom, Mindshare, m/SIX, Next15, Pearl& Dean, Posterscope, Primesight, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky, Starcom, Talon Outdoor, TBWA, Telegraph Media Group, Time Warner, Trinity Mirror, UKTV, Viacom International Media Networks, Virgin Media, The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland, Weber Shandwick and WPP.

For more information visit or follow us @Media_Trust

Job Description:

Reporting to Media Trust’s Director of Finance and Operations, you will be responsible for managing the day-to-day finance activities of a fast-paced and busy organisation, with the support of the Management Accountant and Volunteer Finance Assistant.

Through developing strong relationships with heads of department and delivery managers, you will ensure the effective and efficient running of all financial activities across Media Trust.

You will be responsible for high-quality financial reporting, cash-flow monitoring, ensuring regulatory compliance and effective financial controls. Working collaboratively with budget holders, you will work to ensure clear understanding and ownership of financial performance across the organisation.

This hands-on role is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious, highly-motivated and enthusiastic qualified accountant.

Key responsibilities:

  • Implementing and monitoring financial process and control across the organisation
  • Working with the Management Accountant in production of monthly management accounts and forecasts within strict timescales
  • Managing the project and grant reporting for the charity
  • Providing sound financial advice to budget holders across the organisation
  • Preparation of quarterly VAT returns, tax returns and submissions to the Charity Commission and Companies House
  • Reviewing balance sheet reconciliations
  • Management of cash flow including cashflow forecasting and overseeing banking
  • Preparation of year end and statutory financial statements, liaising with external auditors as required 
  • Working with the HR and Operations Manager on payroll management and ensuring all central expenditure is cost-effective
  • Line management of Management Account

Person specification:

  • Qualified Accountant (e.g. ACCA, ACA, CIMA)
  • Solid understanding of tax and accounting policy and best practice
  • Experience of financial reporting to senior management
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail
  • A well organized, confident and positive self-starter, able to work on your own initiative
  • Strong IT skills, including experience of working with Excel and finance systems (Quickbooks experience useful but not a requirement)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain financial matters to non-finance staff
  • Experience in the charity sector is an advantage, although not essential
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and the aims and values of Media Trust

The above job description is a guide to the work you may be required to undertake but does not form part of your contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances.

How to apply

First download and complete the Equal Opportunities form (Doc, 36KB).

Then, please send your CV and a completed equal opportunities form to, along with a cover letter explaining why you are the right person for the role, addressing the points of the job description and person specification.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, regrettably only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Media Trust values diversity and is an equal opportunities employer
Registered Charity no. 1042733