Assistant Accountant - Link Community Development International

Assistant Accountant - Link Community Development International

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: Competetive 


About the Organisation

Link Community Development is a grassroots charity working to transform education across some of the poorest rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. We focus on improving teaching and learning as well as building up life skills and inclusion for the most marginalised.


Job Description 

Role and Responsibilities    
Due to Link’s growth and development we are now recruiting an Assistant Accountant to support the delivery of a high quality finance service to Link Community Development International and to our five partner countries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Key responsibilities will include:

•    Provide timely and accurate finance support to the programme and fundraising teams to assist them with forecasting, budgeting, reconciliation and reporting
•    Support preparation of donor budgets and reporting in line with agreed timetables
•    Maintain accurate records of both unrestricted and restricted fund transactions including receipts, grants, expenses and cash balances
•    Support preparation of annual budget
•    Cash management and robust cash flows
•    Prepare supporting documents for the annual financial statements
•    Prepare management reports and comparison of actual against budget 
•    Prepare ad hoc finance reports as required 
•    Review the QuickBooks financial ledgers including period end processes and reconciliations
•    Provide first line support to Finance colleagues in our partner bodies
•    Oversee gift aid claims and other HMRC administration as required 
•    Review of payroll reports and administration of auto-enrol pension
•    Prepare accurate and detailed minutes of Finance and Risk Committee
•    Other ad hoc duties as assigned

Person Specification
•    Educated to degree level or equivalent with demonstrable experience in a similar role
•    Part-qualified accountant (or qualified by experience)
•    Experience of supporting production of statutory financial statements, payroll and charity accounting
•    Experience of prioritising projects to meet tight deadlines
•    Experience of QuickBooks
•    Experience of the international development or education sectors
•    Must be highly numerate with the ability to work both on own and as part of a team
•    Excellent attention to detail but ability to see the bigger picture
•    Must be IT literate with advanced skills in Excel
•    Ability to communicate finance to non-finance staff
•    Excellent written and spoken English 
•    High level of professional and ethical conduct
•    Commitment to upholding the highest standards in child and adult safeguarding
•    Great team-working skills

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to with the subject line “Assistant Accountant” by 10am on Monday 15th April.
•    Your cover letter should include your available start date and current salary
•    The Equal Opportunities form is available here
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

For more information about the role please click here. 


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