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The Halo Trust

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Join HALO as a Qualified Accountant and contribute to life-saving humanitarian efforts while advancing your financial career

Overview

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£50000

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Carronbridge United Kingdom

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In-person- Carronbridge United Kingdom

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary

HALO is a leading global humanitarian mine clearance organisation, active in over 30 countries with a workforce of 10,000, mostly local staff. The organization focuses on clearing landmines and remnants of war, securing weapons and ammunition, and working with communities to reduce armed violence. HALO has recently expanded its reach, tackling global challenges like conflict, climate change, and instability, aiming to create resilient, prosperous communities.

Role Summary

  • Ensure timely monthly financial closures for HALO's global programmes.
  • Prepare and reconcile financial statements, including salary and departmental recharges.
  • Review global balance sheet accounts and provide guidance to finance managers.
  • Manage cash balances and forecast cash flows.
  • Create monthly financial reports for stakeholders.
  • Assist in preparing quarterly management accounts for the Board of Trustees.
  • Coordinate year-end schedules and prepare annual financial statements.
  • Support VAT returns, budgeting, and intercompany reconciliations.

Role Requirements

  • Qualified financial accountant with post-qualification experience.
  • Strong technical accounting background in a commercial or large charity setting.
  • Proficient in UK statutory financial statements under FRS102.
  • Effective communication skills with various stakeholders.
  • Experience with UK charity financial statements under FRS102 and Charity SORP (desirable).
  • Proficiency in ERP financial systems (desirable).

Application Process Details

  • Submit a CV (2-3 pages) and a cover letter (no more than 1 page) by 1st March 2024.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the closing date may be adjusted.

Accountant (Qualified)

Permanent, Full Time

Location - Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway (3 days a week in the office if hybrid worker, or 1 day a week in the office if remote worker)

Salary - up to £50,000 dependent upon experience

About HALO:

HALO is the leading humanitarian mine clearance organisation globally, addressing the impact and drivers of conflict in 30+ countries and territories, with over 10,000 staff. Most of our staff are local employees and include a growing number of women.

Our primary expertise is serving people affected by conflict, clearing landmines and the explosive remnants of war that threaten lives and livelihoods long after fighting has finished. We make land safe where war has ended, while also assisting those affected by active conflict and endemic violence, creating more durable solutions to support stability. HALO addresses human suffering caused by armed violence in some of the world’s most fragile places, securing weapons and ammunition, and working with both state and community actors to reduce the prevalence of armed violence.

In recent years HALO has grown significantly. With strong government, community and partner relationships, HALO is uniquely positioned to help build more resilient and prosperous communities, which are better equipped to respond to the interconnected global challenges of conflict, climate change, political and economic instability. As a result, the nature of HALO’s programming is diversifying to increase the impact we have in the context of these global challenges.

About the role:

Job title:                        Accountant

Reports to:                    Financial Controller

Relationships:               Internal: Heads of Finance, Financial Controller, peer Accountant, central and overseas finance teams, key contacts within other departments.

                                      External: Auditors, tax service providers, banking partners, HMRC.

Summary:

As a technically proficient financial accountant in HALO’s central finance team, you will be responsible for preparing, reviewing, and reconciling financial information from across HALO’s worldwide programmes to support the financial management of the organisation.  You will prepare high quality financial information and analysis for internal and external reporting, for a range of financial and non-financial audiences.  A high level of detail and quality will be required to provide robust assurance over financial assets and liabilities along with internal and project funder compliance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively ensure the monthly financial close is completed within agreed deadlines, reporting on and escalating any blockages across HALO’s global programmes.
  • Prepare salary and departmental recharges, working with departments to obtain timesheets and allocations, and reconcile recharge accounts.
  • Review and reconcile global balance sheet accounts, including review of supporting schedules, providing feedback and guidance to overseas finance managers as required.
  • Support the management of cash balances, including preparation of rolling cash/currency flow forecasts, highlighting areas of concern and opportunities for investment.
  • Prepare monthly financial monitoring reports comprising headline financial and key performance indicators, for a range of stakeholders.
  • Support preparation of quarterly management accounts and analysis for the Board of Trustees.
  • Coordinate and consolidate year end schedules from HQ and overseas in preparation for annual reporting, preparing year end accounting journals as required.
  • Support the annual preparation of charity financial statements in line with FRS102 and Charities SORP.
  • Support peers in the preparation of VAT returns, department budgets, and intercompany reconciliations.

All HALO staff are expected to undertake the following general duties:

  • Work within the framework of HALO’s core values, promoting its ethos and mission statement.
  • Work towards achieving programme and/or group business plan objectives.
  • Ensure familiarity with and adhere to all HALO policies and procedures and keep informed of HALO activities.
  • To discharge duties and responsibilities under HALO’s Health and Safety Procedures which may include Risk and COSHH Assessments and participation in evacuation procedures as necessary. 
  • This job description is intended to summarise the main duties and responsibilities of the post; this is not intended to be a full and exhaustive list of tasks. All HALO staff are expected to demonstrate flexibility and willingness to perform appropriate tasks when the need arises.
  • The HALO Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. The HALO Trust is committed to a culture that is both diverse and inclusive and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people form a diverse candidate pool.

Requirements

Who we’re looking for:

Essential:

  • Qualified financial accountant.
  • Appropriate amount post qualification experience.
  • Strong technical accounting background with experience of applied skills in a commercial or large charity environment, or in practice with a similar client base.
  • Experience of significant participation in the monthly and annual financial close process.
  • Experience with preparation of UK statutory financial statements under FRS102.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, financial and non-financial.

Desirable:

  • Experience with preparation of UK charity financial statements under FRS102 and Charity SORP.
  • Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) financial systems.

Benefits

At The HALO Trust, we strive to live by our values, where every staff member is valued. We offer an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect.

HALO offers a friendly, welcoming, and supportive place to work and as part of the halo team, you can enjoy a variety of benefits which include:

Salary up to £50,000 dependent upon experience

Contributory pension - HALO will match up to 5% of contributions.

25 days annual leave and 8 public holidays.

Non-contributory life assurance (3 x salary)

Private medical insurance.

Occupational health services.

Flexible working.

Cycle to work scheme

Please submit a CV (2-3 pages) and a cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining how your experience matches the key skills and competencies required by 18th March 2024. We reserve the right to amend the closing date depending on the number of applications received.

The HALO Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

The HALO Trust is committed to a culture that is both diverse and inclusive and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

The HALO Trust is committed to ensuring that it provides a safe and trusted environment which safeguards and promotes the welfare and well-being of anyone who comes into contact with, or is part of, the Charity, with a zero-tolerance approach to behaviours which challenge this.

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