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Title:  Finance Manager


Worcester, West Midlands, GB, WR1 3ZQ

Department:  Financial Services
Operation:  Sanctuary Group
Requisition Number:  132942

Sanctuary is one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and community services. With around 13,000 employees, we maintain a culture where diversity is valued and talent is nurtured and rewarded.


Finance Manager


Worcester based with a balance of home and office working


£47,695 - £50,205 per year


35 hours per week


We are looking to appoint a Finance Manager to join our Property Services Finance team at head office, Worcester. Joining a team of 15, you will provide advice and guidance to business managers to actively manage financial performance making recommendations for improvement in order to maximise future performance and support value for money in line with Sanctuary’s business plan. Your responsibilities will include forecasting, budgeting and managing monthly accounts to ensure budgets are met and not exceeded. This role will report into the Head of Finance and will have 2-3 direct reports.


We are looking for someone who is passionate about process improvement and internal controls, with a background in auditing as the role focuses on control and governance. You will use your strong financial analysis and data interrogation skills to tell the story behind the numbers when presenting information back to managers.


The role of Finance Manager will include:

  • Providing clear guidance, advice and support on financial management to ensure compliance with policy
  • Reporting and preparing accounting information as required such as month end reports for the Executive Committee, Directors and other key stakeholders to support decision making, business planning and compliance with financial regulations
  • Providing consistently high quality timely and meaningful information to facilitate the effective financial management and performance of the organisation
  • Working with operational teams (fleet and procurement) on advising them of our controls framework, analytical reviews of spend to highlight anomalies and working with suppliers to ensure all processes are working smoothly such as card approvals, rebates and pricing
  • Leading the implementation and maintenance of financial control systems and policies
  • Ensuring complete and accurate management and statutory accounting information is recorded and maintained with the objective of minimising the risk of fraud
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with all key stakeholders


Skills and experiences:

  • Qualified ACCA, ACA, CIMA or similar professional qualification
  • Proven experience of managing financial services in a large, complex organisation ideally within the maintenance or contracting sector or similar
  • Experience of business partnering with cross functional stakeholders including wider finance teams and operational teams to ensure seamless communication and integrity of results and forecasts
  • Proven experience of analysing and diagnosing financial problems and explaining complex financial information in a simplified format to non-financial stakeholders
  • Proven track record of demonstrating commercial acumen, achieving results and delivering the level of detail and insight required to support the maintenance finance team
  • Comprehensive experience of influencing and managing people
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills
  • Ability to extract and interrogate data from computer systems
  • Advanced user of MS Excel and experience of using SAP


Why work for us?

One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary employs more than 13,000 people and manages over 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. 


Our Benefits    

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, where your wellbeing is of genuine importance, we have developed an attractive employment package. The package recognises your contribution, supports your physical, mental and financial health and gives you the flexibility to tailor your employee benefits by offering:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to a maximum of 30 days) plus public holidays
  • A pension scheme with matching employer contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Advice Service including counselling
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Voluntary health plans  
  • Employee discounts
  • Wellbeing support and tools
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • £47,695 per annum (rising to £50,205 per annum after 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance)


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Closing Date: 24 October 2021


We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.


‘For an insight into what it’s like to work for us, take a look at #LifeatSanctuary on Twitter’


Building Equality and Diversity

Sanctuary Group encourages and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds to support our commitment to offering an inclusive environment for our employees and customers. 
We work closely with the Home Office in order to prevent unlawful working.
Sanctuary Group is a trading name of Sanctuary Housing Association, an exempt charity.

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