Current Vacancies

Finance Officer
Up to £25,000 + benefits
28 hours over 4 days a week (0.8 FTE)

Based in central Edinburgh

Humanist Society Scotland is looking for an experienced Finance Officer to join their small team in central Edinburgh.
The successful candidate will play a key role in the financial processes of Scotland’s national charity for people seeking an ethical, rational and secular future.

Key responsibilities

  • Carry out key duties to ensure the charity’s financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems are accurate and up to date
  • Produce accurate financial reports to specific deadlines, including the production of monthly I&E reports for the Senior Management Team and regular management accounts to the Board of Trustees.
  • Monitoring cash flow, highlighting areas of concern with the SMT
  • Assist with the preparation of annual budgets, providing sound advice to all cost centre departments across the charity
  • Assist with the production of annual financial statements
  • Assist in the development of accounting policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date and the financial control environment is appropriate
  • Process gift aid claims, ensuring gift aid claims are compliant and seek to maximise the value of charitable donations to the Society
  • Process VAT returns, ensuring VAT administration is compliant and partial exemption calculations are completed and reconciled
  • Provide advice and guidance on HSS finance matters to all stakeholders including staff ,SMT, suppliers, celebrants and volunteers
  • Oversee and assist with accounting entries to Xero, reconciling to source documentation and ensuring the ongoing systems of the finance team comply with best practice
  • Maintain the purchase and sales ledgers, processing regular payment runs and carrying out credit control activities
  • Ensure the Society complies with its payroll obligations including compliance with HMRC reporting, auto-enrollment and similar duties. Approve monthly payroll, processed by SCVO.
  • Take on ad-hoc projects as required by the Chief Executive.

Person Specification


  • Proven experience of working in a finance role
  • Excellent knowledge of Xero and Microsoft Office
  • Solid knowledge of finance and accounting procedures
  • Confident at communicating to a wide range of people
  • Able to provide accurate and timely information to a high standard
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, meeting all deadlines


  • Financial qualification or part qualified
  • Experience of working in the charity/voluntary sector
  • Empathy with humanist values and Humanist Society Scotland’s charitable objectives
  • Good working knowledge of SORP, charity law and VAT
  • Experience of CiviCRM or other similar CRM systems
  • Understanding of PAYE and employee benefits

Closing date 20th October 2019
Interview date 24th October 2019

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