Management Accountant at B Lab UK

Posted on:
December 26, 2022

πŸ”­ Our mission & vision

B Lab UK is the non-profit organisation rolling out the B Corp movement in the UK. B Corps are
redefining success in business by putting social and environmental impact on a par with profit.

The B Corp community is a global movement of businesses who provide leadership by
demonstrating their commitments to people and planet and create examples of success for
others to follow. There are now over 5,000 B Corps in over 80 countries and covering 150 sectors,
including Patagonia, The Body Shop, The Guardian and Divine Chocolate.

There are B Labs across the globe and our purpose is to redefine success in business through
building a community of locally engaged businesses, raising awareness of the B Corp movement
and championing change in the UK economy.

Job Description

This is a new role in a fast-growing organisation working with business to transform the economy to benefit all people, communities and the planet.

The B Corp Movement

B Lab UK is a charity and part of the global B Corp movement. Certified B Corps seek to redefine success in business by putting social and environmental impact on a par with profit. The B Corp community is a global movement of businesses who provide leadership by demonstrating their commitments to people and planet and create examples of success for others to follow. There are now over 5,000 B Corps in over 80 countries and covering 150 sectors, including Patagonia, The Body Shop, The Guardian and Divine Chocolate.

B Lab UK was created as part of this movement, with the mission to inspire and enable people to use business as a force for good. Our purpose is to redefine success in business through building a community of locally engaged businesses, raising awareness of the B Corp movement and championing change in the UK economy.

The role:
With the growth in demand from businesses to join the movement, this is an exciting time to join us in a new role focusing on reporting, budgeting and analysis, and help develop our finance function, and your own career as we grow.

Responsibilities & tasks

Tasks and responsibilities include:

Liaise with the outsourced accounting service to ensure financial records are accurate, up to date for reporting and meet B Lab UK growing and evolving needs.

Check the monthly management accounts provided by outsourced service and provide analysis and narrative for budget-holders and the Leadership Team.

Facilitate the Leadership Team in financial and business planning:

Coordinate and prepare the annual budget and forecasts and other financial plans, as appropriate;

Financial modelling to test planning and budgeting scenarios, and the impact of pricing changes, potential projects, products and initiatives.

Manage the Finance Officer, overseeing invoicing and debt collection, and in line with best practice, motivate, appraise, coach and support development.

Ensure the effective and efficient use of operating cash, including overseeing debt collection; monitoring short-term cash needs and forecasting longer term cash requirements.

Develop and implement financial procedures and controls as required to ensure B Lab UK’s assets are adequately protected and managed.

Support the annual audit process, liaising with auditors, providing information and analysis as required for statutory accounts for B Lab UK under the Charity SORP.

Support the development of IT and systems appropriate for B Lab UK as it grows.

Ensure compliance with relevant statutory requirements including Charity and Company Law, PAYE, VAT, Corporation Tax and Payroll.

Lead, assist with and/or contribute to other team activities and projects as required.

Ideal candidate

Skills & qualifications

Skills and Experience

Essential:
Qualified accountant, preferably ACMA or ACCA or equivalent experience.

Demonstrable experience in preparing management accounts, providing a narrative for stakeholders, and analysing variances.

Demonstrable experience of producing budgets and forecasts.

Advanced spreadsheet skills

Experience of building models, data analysis and sensitivity analysis to support business planning and decision-making

Ability to manage projects effectively (e.g. systems implementation or other)

Proven organisational skills, including prioritising to meet competing deadlines.

Good communication skills, and working with different stakeholders

Great attention to detail and accuracy

Good problem-solving skills

Adaptable and comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic start-up environment.

Desirable:
Staff management

Systems implementation

Experience of charity accounting

Person Specification

Passionate about the role that business can play in creating the future that benefits all people and the planet.

Strong verbal and written communication skills. Able to demonstrate a professional manner in writing and verbally both remotely and face to face

Analytical, with a commercial mindset

Ability to respond flexibly to changing needs, whilst maintaining appropriate financial controls.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal with commercially sensitive information

Self-motivated, proactive and structured worker, happy to work independently as well as collaborate with other teams.

Committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion

Good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively across teams.

A strong work ethic, keeping to deadlines with the ability to prioritise, a finisher of tasks

Eligible to work in the UK (we will not be able to provide visa sponsorship)

About the team

How to apply

Benefits:
Opportunity for Flexible working 4 days per week

Hybrid working

25 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)

Our office is closed for the Christmas holidays, no need to take extra holiday!

1 additional annual leave day (pro-rated for part-time staff) for each complete year of service, up to a maximum of 30 days

Private Medical and Dental cover

Pension and Life Assurance

Β£200 Annual Wellbeing allowance

2 paid volunteer days per year

Enhanced Parental Leave and family friendly policies

Learning and Development opportunities

Cycle to Work Scheme

Income Protection policy

Employee Assistance Programme

Working in a flexible office workspace with member benefits

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