Finance Manager

Opportunity Peterborough




£29,000-£32,000 depending on experience pro-rata.





SALARY: £29,000 – £32,000 depending on experience pro-rata

CONTRACT TERM: 22.5hrs per week



Opportunity Peterborough was founded in 2005 as an urban regeneration company. Five years later our remit evolved to lead the city’s economic development. We’re a private not-for-profit business, wholly owned by Peterborough City Council.

Opportunity Peterborough, the economic development company for the city is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities and has a highly dynamic team working to support local businesses to contribute to our growing economy.  Our core responsibilities include: marketing Peterborough to businesses to attract inward investment, engaging with local companies to support their growth and development, and leading the city’s skills agenda to ensure our current and future talent pool is trained and work-ready. We also deliver a range of projects to boost the local economy and support Peterborough’s aspiration to create the UK’s environment capital.



To provide overall responsibility for the maintenance, management, monitoring, and reporting of accurate company accounts, in conjunction with the Company accountants and in-house staff.

We are seeking a hands-on Finance Manager to join our small team and as such it is essential that you are self-driven with a flexible attitude. You will be expected to be proactive in your work approach, working efficiently and effectively.



  • Ensure all financial management operations are complied with
  • To maintain and update the Sage Accounts system, ensuring smooth and accurate transaction operations
  • Manage all aspects relating to VAT including submitting returns
  • Complete and prepare monthly journals and produce monthly management accounts
  • Manage account reconciliations
  • Manage, monitor spend and reconcile Company credit cards
  • Ensure that all finance related queries are dealt with accordingly and in a timely manner
  • Produce financial reports for the Senior Management Team, CEO, Finance & Audit Committee and Board regularly or as and when required
  • Liaise with the Company’s external auditors to provide all the appropriate papers for the annual audits, (and manage current, potentially temporary arrangements with external accountants)
  • To closely monitor and manage income, cash flow, expenditure and forecasting
  • Liaise with external suppliers and providers regarding the Company’s payroll and pensions
  • Liaise with the Company’s bank on all financial matters
  • Ensure all invoices are issued in a timely manner and chase any outstanding payments proactively
  • Make payments in a timely manner whilst also monitoring the Company’s cashflow
  • Positively contribute to the Company’s operational management systems




  • Exceptional experience of accurate finance management
  • Knowledge and experience of accounting processes and procedures
  • Ability to handle figures with speed, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Competent in Sage 50 and Office, especially Excel
  • Extensive experience of handling, understanding and complying with all financial issues including but not exhaustively VAT, HMRC
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to plan, organise and execute own workload effectively with minimal supervision
  • Consistent and professional disposition
  • Ability to meet targets and deadlines
  • Able to work alongside others in an office environment
  • Willingness to accept responsibility
  • Good analytical and problem solving ability
  • Positive team player willing to contribute proactively to the Company’s operations and wider team responsibilities


Personal Attributes:

  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrating the ability to present issues both orally and in writing
  • Ability to act with diplomacy and confidentiality when dealing with sensitive matters
  • High levels of personal initiative and responsibility to problem-solve and enact appropriate solutions
  • Ability to work as an effective and proactive member of a team to meet shared objectives – working dynamically and respectfully
  • Ability to identify priorities to meet deadlines, plan own workload and delegate effectively
  • Self-motivated – able to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • Flexible attitude towards working hours



Please send your CV with a cover letter detailing how you fit the requirements of the role to:

Post: Samantha Demaio, Opportunity Peterborough, 1st Floor, Allia Future Business Centre, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AL


For any queries relating to the post, please call 01733 317 417.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 17th March 2017
Interviews to be held on: 22nd March 2017

Appointments will be made by fair and open processes, taking account of equal opportunities.

Job Contact:

Samantha Demaio
01733 317417