Canal & River Trust

  • Group Financial Accountant

    Job Locations UK-Leeds
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent FT
    Finance & Corporate Services
    Advertised Salary
    Up to £47,000.00 dependant on experience
  • Job Purpose

    We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.


    We currently have a fantastic opportunity to work within our Finance Team at our Leeds office as a Group Financial Accountant to deliver statutory and management reporting, with a brief to drive change by delivering end-to-end finance process improvements.

    The post holder will also provide leadership through project managing the delivery of process improvements and deputising for the Group Accounting Manager as and when required.


    The interviews for this vacancy will be held on Thursday 20th December 2018.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    Key accountabilites:


    • All elements of the Trust’s consolidated financial reporting. This includes monthly management accounts, bi-monthly forecasting and the annual Business Plan. It also includes preparation of the Annual Report (working with teams across the organisation including a close relationship with our marketing team), for presentation by the CEO at the Public Annual Meeting.
    • The year-end process, including ensuring that the audit, proceeds in a smooth and effective manner. This includes being the primary contact for audit queries during fieldwork.
    • Deputising for the Group Accounting Manager as and when required.
    • Assisting with the effective and efficient operation of the underlying accounting transaction functions within the Canal & River Trust’s in-house Central Finance function (Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll).
    • Assisting with the design and operation of the underlying financial controls to ensure the integrity of financial information.
    • Identifying and delivering improvements to business processes.
    • Providing advice and technical support where required for other members of the Finance community.
    • Ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust’s policies and values

    Knowledge, Experience & Skills:


    • CCAB qualified accountant with demonstrable post-qualification experience (ACA, CA or ACCA equivalent).
    • Experience of year-end accounting processes and preparation of statutory accounts.
    • A strong understanding of process and of what ’good‘ process is, with the ability to enhance or create financial systems that are efficient, effective and reliable – making use of automation where appropriate.
    • A sound understanding of the principles of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Credit Control, Fixed Assets and Bank and Cash.
    • Confidence and ability to use intiative to develop solutions.
    • Outstanding organisational skills contributing to overall efficiency in working.
    • The confidence and drive to take a visible lead on process and control improvements, not being afraid to innovate and break with previous convention.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster strong working relationships and team culture.
    • An exceptional communicator, both verbally and in written form, being able to explain complex financial information to people across the organisation.
    • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills (including lookups and pivot tables).


    • Experience of working under the Charities SORP gained through exposure to charities in industry or practice.
    • Experience and training in external or internal audit, including a knowledge of auditing standards and methodologies. Proven ability managing teams and delivering high performance.
    • Proficiency in SAP FI module, Cognos TM1 and Microsoft Business Intelligence.
    • Experience in leading change implementation.

    What We Offer

    At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust.


    In addition to your annual salary, we also offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits. Further details can be found here.


    We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.


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