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Senior Finance Assistant: Payables

British Museum


Posted 3 weeks ago


Join the British Museum as a Senior Finance Assistant and contribute to the financial stewardship of the UK's most iconic cultural institution.


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The British Museum, an institution boasting over two million years of human history, is on the lookout for a Senior Finance Assistant to join their Finance Department. As a hub of cultural magnificence and the UK's top tourist attraction, the Museum is renowned for its extensive collection, including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, offering a stimulating environment for employees.

  • Ensure the accuracy and timely recording of financial data
  • Maintain the purchase ledger and manage payment runs
  • Liaise with departments for invoice authorisation and resolve supplier disputes
  • Supervise and develop one team member
  • Proficiency in processing high volumes of transactions with accuracy
  • IT literate with strong spreadsheet skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Team player with the capability to handle additional tasks during peak times

The British Museum supports a flexible working arrangement, typically requiring on-site presence 1-2 days per week, and offers a competitive benefits package including generous annual leave, pension scheme, and various discounts.

The British Museum is seeking a Senior Finance Assistant to work as part of the Payables function of the Finance Department in a world renowned setting and the most popular tourist attraction in the UK.

The role: You will ensure that financial data is accurate, that all invoices are recorded in a timely manner, and that the service provided to Museum departments is of a high standard. Key areas of responsibility include maintaining the purchase ledger, liaising with all departments to ensure prompt authorisation of invoices for processing and resolving supplier disputes, preparing high quality payment runs, and managing and developing 1 member of staff.

Job requirements: The successful candidate will be able to work swiftly and accurately with figures, maintaining consistency and accuracy in processing a high volume of transactions. You will be IT literate with strong inputting and spreadsheet skills, and excellent attention to detail. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who is able to work well with others and take on other work in the department during times of heavy workload or staff absence.

About the British Museum: Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

Benefits: The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance of 25 days (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service) plus 2.5 privilege days and plus bank holidays, membership of the civil service defined benefit pension scheme, free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions, participation in private and public Museum activities, interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans, professional and personal development opportunities, employee assistance programme, and discounts on food and gift shop purchases.

Additional details: We offer a flexible way of working that allows our employees to work remotely in a way that suits them and the organisation. We would typically expect the post holder to be on site 1-2 days per week.


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