Finance Manager

  • Job Reference: K240625H
  • Date Posted: 25 June 2024
  • Recruiter: Royal Air Force Central Fund
  • Location: Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Salary: £36,000 to £38,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Bens
  • Sector: Accounting
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Organisation: Royal Air Force Central Fund

Job title: Finance Manager

Location: Hybrid – working from home with some travel to the Fund’s Buckinghamshire offices and various RAF stations and events

Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Salary: £36,000-£38,000 plus benefits (30 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, contributable pension (5% employer), private health insurance, group life insurance, access to health & wellbeing discounts, ESG volunteering days)

About the RAF Central Fund:

We support the Royal Air Force through our grants, programmes, partnerships and properties to ensure personnel can access sports and physical activities at all levels.We deliver integral support to military personnel, RAF Stations and RAF Sport Associations - ultimately, we think everyone regardless of their role, rank, physical ability or competing level should have access to sports facilities, equipment and training.

About the role:

We are looking for a versatile and proactive Finance Manager to join the Fund’s Finance department. This is an excellent opportunity for a finance graduate or a part-qualified/studying CIMA accountant.

The Finance Manager will work with the Head of Finance and the team to provide financial support to the Fund and RAF Sport. The selected candidate will enjoy a hybrid working environment, based at home with some travel to RAF stations and events and the Fund’s office near Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the Head of Finance with the charity’s accounting and finance;
  • Act as the finance liaison to over fifty RAF Sport Associations;
  • Review Association spend and budgets and carry out analysis of their expenditure and suppliers to identify improvements;
  • Complete monthly reviews of the RAF Sports Lottery, the Fund’s primary fundraiser;
  • Oversee the bookkeeping function including the administration of the accounting softwares;
  • Lead on the AR billing and tracking;
  • Assist with account preparation for independent examiners;
  • Complete VAT returns;
  • Reconcile bank and investment accounts and manage administrative requirements of the Fund’s investment portfolio;
  • Assist with ad-hoc financial reporting as required at Board and Committee meetings;
  • Charity accounts experience preferred;
  • Lead the Accounts Assistant and the Finance Officer to ensure a high standard of accounts is maintained;
  • Other duties as may be reasonably required. 

This role profile is not exhaustive and is subject to review in conjunction with the post holder according to future developments in the charity.

Key relationships:

  • RAF Sport colleagues
  • RAF Sport Association committees
  • Financial auditors

About you: 

  • You are forward-thinking, have strong analytic skills and you enjoy variety. You want to work in a job that helps serving personnel reach their full potential through sports and physical activities. You are seeking a diverse role and are committed to the benefits of keeping active.  
  • You don't want your days to pass without making a difference. You want to play a significant part in a charity that is making a difference.  
  • You are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. You believe and act in a way that celebrates and encourages a range of experiences, backgrounds and values. 

Essential knowledge, experience and skills:

  • Accounting degree and/or CIMA part-qualified;
  • Able to build and maintain rapport with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Capable of managing multiple responsibilities;
  • Advanced understanding and interest in IT;
  • An understanding of accounting and procurement software (SAGE Intacct/Sage Cloud experience would be preferential);
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and anti-discriminatory practices;
  • The ability to learn fast and work flexibly and independently;
  • Confident and effective communicator with good attention skills.


Additional information:

It is important to us that the people we hire do not discriminate. We believe in being inclusive and giving everyone an equal chance to succeed. Applications are welcome from all regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation, transgender status or social economic background. 


Would you like to join our team? Please submit a covering letter and your CV, we look forward to reviewing your application. To ensure that your application can be considered, please outline how your skills and experience meet the criteria of the role in your covering letter.

We actively welcome applications that will help increase the diversity of our workforce.

Please be aware this advert will remain open until the vacancy has been filled. Interviews will take place throughout this period, therefore we encourage you to apply early to avoid disappointment. Applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted within 10 working days of their application. Due to the volume of applications, feedback will unfortunately not be provided to applicants that have not been shortlisted.