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Finance Apprentice

Employer
WaterAid
Location
London, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 17, 2024

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Job Role
Finance Apprentice
Sector
Finance
Contract Type
Apprenticeship
Hours
Full Time
Finance Apprentice

Contract: 3 Years Fixed Term Apprenticeship Contract, Full time,



Salary:
£24,113 - £25,319 with excellent benefits



Location:
London, UK
Hybrid Working: A minimum of 40% of working time is spent face to face, either in the London office, or as a result of an external engagement or travel for WaterAid. WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

About WaterAid:
Want to use your skills in Finance to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere? We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference.
Join WaterAid as a Finance Apprentice to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

About the Team:
This position sits within the UK Finance team based in London. We manage the day to day finance transactions for the UK and support its budget holders to deliver their plans.
The Management Accounting team is responsible for providing robust reporting and analysis across the organisation, to ensure that WaterAid UK makes effective financial decisions and long-term plans aligned with the 10-year strategy.

About the Role:
We are offering a unique opportunity for motivated and analytical individual to join WaterAid as a Finance Apprentice, joining a cohort of other apprentices across WaterAid. Our rotational 3-year scheme will offer applicant training and development across various finance aspects across both management and financial accounting within the UK and Internationally. You will rotate between a role in the UK Management Accounting Team and International Financial Accounting Team. With mentoring and coaching from your line manager and WaterAid, you will pursue a chartered accountancy qualification (ACCA or CIMA) and begin a financial career in the Not-for-Profit sector.

This is a great opportunity for someone at the beginning of their career or looking for a career change. You will also have an opportunity to shadow other teams within WaterAid to complement your studies and interests.
The duration of the apprenticeship training is 36 months, however where a learner has exemptions, the duration of the course can be reduced accordingly. Approximately 80% of your time will be on-the-job training whilst 20% of your time will be spent working for your professional qualification.

You'll also:
The role will work with the WaterAid UK finance team, providing development opportunities through exposure to more senior stakeholders, participation in strategic project work and by gaining experience of WaterAid's work. In line with the learning and training programme, additional responsibilities include:

Performing activities, as detailed in the scope and dimensions below, to the highest standard of accuracy and within agreed timescales to ensure the efficient and effective processing of finance information.
Contributing to the development and improvement of processes and procedures, as tasks are undertaken and suggesting effective solutions to issues as they arise.
Handling journal entries in the accounting system, developing your knowledge of basic double-entry accounting and different types of transactions.
You will be expected to undertake and successfully progress through the chartered accountancy qualification (ACCA or CIMA) course and exams. 20% off the job study time will be allocated accordingly to enable the study element to take place
With training, completing assurance reviews of the financial controls in Country Programmes, identifying key risks, and taking actions to support their resolution.
Participating in grant audits including the US Government Grants audit, as well as ensuring any significant findings are addressed.
Following up on internal audit findings to support Country Programme finance teams with their actions to address these.
Assisting in the technical preparation of budgets and providing guidance to budget holders, facilitating efficient budget management and analysis.

About You:

Degree level education. Please ensure your CV clearly lists your degree.
Grade B or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
You must meet the prerequisites for ACCA and CIMA qualifications. If you are unsure about these requirements, please refer to the respective websites.
Strong time management and general organisational skills, with the ability to work within tight deadlines whilst dealing with interruptions.
Good verbal and written communication skills, confident speaking with senior colleagues
Good task management ensuring accuracy & completeness
Ambition to apply what has been learnt in the workplace
To ask for help when needed whilst you develop and while learning along the way
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
Positive, proactive and flexible approach - a 'can do' attitude
Commitment to the qualification, own personal learning, and ambition to apply what has been learnt in the workplace
Commitment to WaterAid's values and a working style that reflects these

Closing date: Applications will close at 23:59 on 16th June 2024. Availability for the interview is required week commencing 24th June 2024.

How to Apply: To see the full job pack, please click 'Apply'. Please apply by submitting your CV and a mandatory cover letter answering the following three questions in one document either Word Document or PDF format. Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.

Why are you passionate about working with WaterAid, and what impact do you hope to make?
What draws you to the field of finance and accountancy, and how do you see this career path developing for you?
Share a situation where you worked well with a team. What was your contribution and what was the result?

Pre-employment screening: To apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. All our vacancies require a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to comply with our Safer Recruitment policy.

Our Benefits:

36 days' holiday (including 8 Bank Holidays)
Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
Wide range of flexible and agile-working arrangement
Season Ticket Loan
Free annual eye tests
Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave
Sabbaticals
Volunteer Day

Our Commitment

Our People Promise:
We will work with passion and focus to ensure safe and sustainable water, toilets and hygiene are available to everyone, everywhere. WaterAid is a place of purpose - where people have a real commitment and shared responsibility for the impact we have. We are a global community with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, motivated by inspiring, stimulating work. We are determined to put the wellbeing of our people first, to be a place where people feel safe and able to contribute their voice and truly live our values.

Equal opportunities:
We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.

Safeguarding:
We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.

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