Project Finance Assistant (Interim), Somerset

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Downside SchoolSomerset

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 per annum, dependent on qualifications and experience.
Contract term: Fixed Term

There are exciting times ahead at Downside as we work towards building our organisational structure with the setting up of a new independently governed company limited by guarantee to be called Downside School.  

As Project Finance Assistant you will be responsible for supporting the Bursary Department during our change management programme in assisting with the setting up of new accounting and payroll systems for the Trust. Duties will include assisting with preparing monthly management reports, undertaking stock takes, liaising with suppliers and providing assistance with year-end accounts and audits. 

You will be a part qualified accountant or studying ACA/ACCA/CIMA or able to demonstrate significant experience in a similar role. We require a flexible approach, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and someone who has a proactive approach to problem solving. Additionally, you will need to demonstrate a strong level of competency in the use of IT such as Excel, MS Outlook and accounting software such as Sage. 

Working closely with the Finance Manager and the wider Bursary team, this post is offered on an interim basis up to December 2019 in order to support us in the delivery of our change management programme. Downside School is situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath. 

Contractual Details

Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 per annum, dependent on qualifications and 


Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm with a one hour lunch break. Part time hours will be considered. 

Contract: Fixed term contract for five months

Benefits: Free on-site parking, an employee assistance programme and cycle to 

work scheme. 33 days holiday per annum which includes the 8 days 

Bank and Public holidays

How to Apply

Please complete your application through our applicant tracking system, using the Apply button. 

Please contact the Human Resources email address ( if you require further information after reading the job description.  

Closing date for applications: Midday on Thursday 18th July 2019

Interviews will be held in w/c 22nd July 2019

Downside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be DBS checked. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Registered Charity Number: 1158507

More about Downside School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Stratton On The Fosse, Radstock, Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1761 235100
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