Sacro is a Scottish community justice organisation which offers a range of services to create safer and more cohesive communities across Scotland by reducing conflict and offending. Sacro’s strategy is aligned with that of Scotland - the aspiration to build a more caring and inclusive society.
Since its inception 45 years ago, Sacro has grown and developed new services for young people, bail, intensive supervision of high risk offenders and other priority categories. Sacro currently has almost 200 staff and volunteers, offering over 60 services in 22 locations across Scotland. Their hard work has had a significant impact, evidenced by the figures for recorded crime in Scotland which are at at a 42-year low.
The opportunity has arisen to report into the Director of Corporate Services and lead the continuous improvement of the finance function and the service it offers. The overall purpose of the role includes:
- To develop and prepare financial information for the Board, Audit and Finance Committees, Chief Executive, Director of Corporate Services and other managers
- To provide sound financial advice and support to Sacro management, in relation to financial procedures, best practice and decision-making
- To assess and ensure the cost effectiveness of services provided by Sacro
- To ensure adequate financial systems and controls are in place throughout the organisation
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- Ensure that the resources of Sacro are best deployed to achieve the organisation’s objectives, ensuring effective resource management and value for moneyDevelop robust financial procedures to ensure that Sacro has effective financial management, and that contractual arrangements are soundly based and monitored
- Ensure that effective budgets are developed and adhered to such that Sacro operates on a sound financial footing
- Ensure the accurate and timely production of Sacro statutory accounts
- Ensure the accurate and timely production of monthly management accounts, and report and analyse variations from agreed budgets and ensure corrective action is implemented timeously
- Advise Service Managers on the preparation of budgets, financial projections etc. for new and existing areas of business
- Provide sound financial advice and support to Corporate Management Team and Service Managers on complex financial matters
- Implementation of the internal audit service including liaison with the auditors and responsibility for implementing audit recommendations
- Liaison with external auditors and Audit and Finance Committees, and key contact for the external audit of the annual accounts
- Provide financial information for the purposes of funding applications, tenders, new business development and fundraising, ensuring the terms and conditions of grants are understood and complied with, grants are received and that appropriate information is provided to funders
- Manage and develop the accounting systems and supervise the processing of the day to day financial information, including sales, purchases and nominal ledgers, treasury management, and that creditors are paid on time and debtors are managed and reviewed.
- Ensure balance sheet reconciliations are completed on a regular basis
- Provide guidance and ensure compliance to an auditable standard of accounting records to areas out with the National Office finance function.
- Manage and provide support (including technical support) for finance staff including eight-weekly Support & Supervision meetings and annual Performance & Development Reviews
- Provide training and induction for other members of staff as required
- Assist with risk management and disaster recovery
- Be responsible for all aspects of Sacro insurance
- Undertake all financial aspects of The Sacro Trust
- Maintain a high level of knowledge of accounting standards and requirements
- Carry out all duties in accordance with Sacro policies and procedures.
- Deputise for Director of Corporate Services at meetings as required
The Successful Candidate
The postholder should be educated to degree level or equivalent, with a qualification in accountancy/finance. He/she should also have relevant experience in financial management, including liaison with managers and budget holders, and the ability to work closely with other staff on complex financial issues. Experience of managing and supervising a small team is essential. He/she should have the ability to analyse, interpret and present financial information and experience of accounting / book-keeping software applications. The postholder must have excellent Microsoft Office skills.
The post holder reports to the Director of Corporate Services (part of the Corporate Management Team), but is not supervised in detail. He/she will be expected to operate with a significant degree of autonomy, be highly self-motivated and act on own initiative with direction from the Director of Corporate Services.