Finance Officer

We’re looking for an experienced finance professional to join the Finance and Operations team to play a key role in supporting the Charity. 

£24,000 – 25,000 (depending on experience),
35 hours p/w

Job location
Office based in Leeds with the possibility of hybrid working as you develop in the role.

Principal Responsibilities 

You will support Candlelighters with the robust financial management of the charity by ensuring key information, income and expenditure is recorded and processed in a secure, accurate and timely manner. The specific tasks may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Maintaining the purchase ledger, by inputting invoices into Sage 50 financial system and producing the weekly BACS payment run.  
  • Daily banking, to including handling, counting and balancing of cash and cheque donations and recording them onto our CRM system.  
  • Processing of donations and other income received into the bank and recording these on our CRM system. 
  • Monitoring central inboxes and answering the phone to deal with general queries.  
  • Supporting with the overall merchandise process including purchasing, recording sales, and sending out orders. 
  • Exporting data in excel format from CRM system into Sage 50.  
  • Producing monthly Gift Aid report schedule for uploading to HMRC.  
  • Maintaining an awareness of all charity activities and excellent working relationships with all Candlelighters staff, local and national organisations, volunteers, fundraisers, patients and their families. 

There is the potential for this role to develop into having line management responsibilities over time. 

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong financial and analytical skills.  
  • Experience and confidence of working with financial systems such as Sage 50, CRM databases and Excel.  
  • Organised, reliable and an ability to take ownership and make decisions independently.   
  • Charity experience is desired but not essential.  
  • Flexible and willing to take on a range of tasks as required by the charity.  

This role is subject to a criminal record check, which is processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

What we can offer you:

At Candlelighters we feel it’s vital that our employees are well rewarded. We are constantly reviewing the details of our package, but the things you’ll be able to enjoy currently include:

  • 27 days holidays increasing to 29 after 2 years’ service, 32 after 5 years service onwards and after 10 years service 1 weeks additional annual leave in the 10th year plus bank holidays (all pro-rata for part-time staff).
  • An extra day off for your birthday
  • Buy/Sell Holidays – Members of staff can buy/sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
  • Group Personal Pension scheme – Candlelighters contribute 5% of salary for each employee that contributes 4%.
  • Life Assurance
  • Maternity leave – Statutory maternity leave. After 2 years service, first 12 weeks full pay, then 27 weeks statutory maternity leave.
  • Paternity leave – Statutory paternity leave. After 2 years service, 2 weeks paid paternity leave, followed by standard paternity leave – Flexible when you want to take it.
  • After two years service you have the option to enhance your benefits by choosing from the options below
    • Pension increase
    • Private Medical Insurance
    • Free PureGym membership

At Candlelighters, employee wellbeing is a big priority. That’s why our health and wellbeing benefits include:

  • Access to wellbeing activities – including massages & treatments from our in-house therapists.
  • Smart Health App – unlimited access to a 24/7 GP and other health & wellbeing experts.
  • Specsavers vouchers for eye tests
  • Discount cards – all our employees have access to The Company Shop card which gives discount on food shopping, and the Charity Worker Discounts card which gives discounts on a range of essentials, fashion, energy, insurance, days out, holidays, mobile phones and much more!
  • Mental Health First Aiders – a trained point of contact for employees.
  • Confidential staff helpline – highly trained advisors offering 24/7 support on either workplace or personal difficulties.
  • Refreshments – hot and cold drink-making facilities are funded by Candlelighters.
  • Flu jabs
  • Thorough Induction Programme
  • Team Away Days – team away days are provided to help teams plan for the future.
  • Training & development opportunities
  • Business Coaching – access to a Business Coach as part of the Leaders of the Future training.
  • Lifestyle Options – we recognise the need to strike a balance between work and home life.
  • 35-hour week – with flexible working hours. We offer a range of options for flexible working to support good work/life balance, be it condensed hours, part-time work or job sharing.
  • Supporting working parents – Candlelighters recognises the importance of the family and the need to support working parents. We ensure that both current and new mums and dads get all the support they need.
  • We give time off for antenatal, midwife, health visitor and parent craft classes as well as maternity pay and leave.
  • Social Committee – To make sure we all have fun at Candlelighters, our Social Committee organises optional activities such as quizzes, a weekend away, a sleepover at a scout hut, staff competitions and much more!

To find out more about this role and what it’s like to work with Candlelighters, please read the Recruitment Pack here.

The closing date for the post is 31st May 2024.

We operate a 3-stage interview due to the sensitive nature of the environment
incorporating an interview and a taster session as outlined below:
Stage 1 – Telephone Interview
Successful candidates from stage 1 will then be invited to:

Stage 2 – Formal Interview. W/C 3rd June
Successful candidates from stage 2 will then be invited to:

Stage 3 – Taster day and interview with a family member. Meeting staff and spending time in the family support centre. W/C 10th June

To apply, please complete our application form via the link: 

Please contact the HR team at [email protected] if you have any questions about this role.