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Life at the Social Enterprise Academy:

At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe social entrepreneurs play an essential role in changing the world.

We realise the importance of our staff in everything we do and that is why you will find the Academy a kind, warm and collaborative place to work with every role contributing towards real-life impact taking place across the globe. Since 2004, we have delivered over 1,900 learning programmes to 28,000+ learners in over 30 countries. We have also engaged over 55,000 young people around the world, using social enterprise as a tool to help them reach their full potential and create positive change in their communities.

We would love for you to join us on this journey.


Current vacancies:

Finance Manager

Salary: £44,156 (pro rata)

Benefits: Company pension (up to 8%), 35 days annual leave (pro rata), an employee assistance programme and learning and development opportunities.

Status: Permanent / Part-time (14 hours per week, flexible working options)

Closing date: 12pm, Wednesday 03 July 2024

Location: Based in Edinburgh with the option to work hybrid

We’re on a journey to create fairer communities by facilitating 10 million social entrepreneurs globally by 2030. Do you want to help make this a reality?

We are looking for someone with a passion for social enterprise and a strong track record of financial management and reporting within a similar sized business or commercial environment. We are looking for someone with the right qualifications, as well as the mindset to ensure high-quality and meticulous management and accounting with the ability to support the future vision of the business through sound and creative thinking and understanding what financial plans and mechanisms may be required to achieve it.

Your role as Finance Manager will be to lead the finance function within the Academy, to deliver a proficient and high quality service to the business. You will be supported by a highly competent full time Finance Officer who will undertake all day-to-day processing, bookkeeping and providing relevant reports to you. You will work as a member of the Operations Team as a core member of a small and close-knit team of specialist roles and will work closely with the Chief Executive, COO, Finance Sub-Committee and Board. A mindset of continuous improvement would be a great addition to the team who are always looking to make what we do, and how we do it, even better. The role is part time with the option for hybrid working, splitting time between home and office working.

Your role will make a critical contribution to the Academy’s financial ambitions through leading on financial planning and management, analysis, forecasting and reporting. You will have opportunities to work with colleagues across the business to support and raise financial awareness as well as improve processes and ways of working which enhance and strengthen financial management across the business.

Having the right mindset, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills. We appreciate that the best person might not have all the listed criteria yet so if you feel your experience, skills and attitude will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mindset, we would welcome an application from you.

Job Purpose:

To lead the Academy’s financial planning, supporting the identification of measures and actions which will enable the Academy to secure its financial ambitions. The role achieves this through:

  • Management of the financial processes, maximising value from the allocation of resources and ensuring best practice in financial management and reporting.
  • Leading on all aspects of financial planning, analysis, forecasting and reporting.
  • Leads financial compliance and has operational responsibility for budgeting and the annual audit process.
  • Contributes to strategic business planning through advising on financial approaches and decisions and leading on the financial progress reports and projections for the Leadership Teams, Finance Sub-Committee and Board.

Key Responsibilities:

Financial Planning

  • Contribute to the future plans of the organisation through a future-focus on financial sustainability and opportunities for the business. Influence financial planning and decisions in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team and Board.
  • Provide high quality financial planning and forecasting which enable the organisation to reach its growth potential.
  • Lead the yearly financial planning and review cycle, working in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team and Department Heads.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to produce 3-5 year financial plans – ensuring financial resilience of medium to long-term organisational strategies and priorities.

Financial Management

  • Produce and provide analysis of comprehensive financial management information reports and analysis including monthly management accounts, balance sheet analysis, weekly cash position reports and any other reports that may be required by the Senior Leadership Team, Board and Board sub committees.
  • Hold Departmental Heads to account with regards budget spend and financial compliance through advising Heads of Departments on variance and financial strategy when required.
  • Prepare year end accounts to FRS102 standards including profit & loss, balance sheet, cash flows and supporting information and manage the audit process including account management of the auditors and external accountants.
  • Plan the annual audit and liaise with the auditors.
  • Manage and control accounting systems to ensure that accounting information is effectively managed, accurate, and follows good practice.
  • Manage the banking relationship and escalate wherever required.
  • Maintain and ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory body requirements.

For a full set of criteria and information on how to apply please download the recruitment pack from our website.

Organisation profile:

At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe social entrepreneurs play an essential role in changing the world.

We strengthen their role in local communities through transformational learning programmes that will increase their community impact.

Our programmes are accredited, responsive to learner needs, and are delivered by experienced facilitators who are social change leaders themselves.

Since 2004, we have delivered over 1,900 learning programmes to 28,000+ learners in over 30 countries. We have also engaged over 55,000 young people around the world, using social enterprise as a tool to help them reach their full potential and create positive change in their communities.

Application notes:

  1. Complete the application form and the equality and diversity monitoring form (downloadable below)
  2. Send your application form and equality and diversity monitoring form in Word document format to by 12pm, Wednesday 03 July 2024
  3. Please note that interviews will take place at our Edinburgh office week commencing 15 July 2024

If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments for the application or interview process e.g. application form in a different format or extra interview time please get in touch: Karen Veitch | 0131 243 2670|

View the job pack

SEA Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form


Employee Benefits

Flexible Working

Dependant on role, we are open to flexible hybrid working between your home and our offices in Edinburgh, Muir of Ord or London.

Enhanced Annual Leave

25 days annual leave plus 10 days public holiday.

Learning & Development Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to attend Academy programmes and get involved with a monthly reading hour.

Enhanced sick and maternity leave

Our policies are flexible and generous, meaning you can have peace of mind when it comes to matching them with your circumstances no matter what may come up in life.


Up to 8% pension contribution, because we know planning forward is important.

Further Benefits

Employee assistance programme, life insurance and access to our wellbeing toolkit.

I had high standards about what the ideal workplace should be but the Academy is way beyond my expectations, thanks to this amazing team!

Elsa Vibert, Senior Programme Officer

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