The Spartans Community Football Academy: Assistant Accountant Vacancy

Key Objective: To manage the internal administration and accounting processes to ensure accuracy, completeness and effectiveness of internal controls and financial records.

Reporting to Joint reporting to Finance Trustee and Business & Ops Manager

Liaises with All SCFA Staff, customers, vendors and SCFA Trustees

Salary £20,000 to £24,000 - depending on experience


The Spartans Community Football Academy is looking for an Assistant Accountant to help manage the finances of the Charity and a second limited company. The role is predominantly based at the Academy, 94 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh EH5 2HF but there is some scope for working from home [when pre-approved] and there is some flexibility around hours. The role includes management of an assistant and may require some ad-hoc office management support as well.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and periodically review / update all financial administration processes and procedures ensuring that all controls remain effective and are being adhered to as intended.
  • Review and sign off weekly financial control schedules for receipts, banking, purchase ledger and petty cash.
  • Payroll processing
  • HRMC returns for VAT and Gift Aid
  • Accurate day to day recording and reconciliation of all financial transactions into books of record. [Note this process is largely automated through the accounting system].
  • Monthly customer invoice generation and distribution. Aged debt analysis and customer follow up on outstanding payments with escalation of issues
  • Monthly review and completeness check of customer ‘bookings’ system.
  • Monthly trial balance for two entities.
  • Support the production of quarterly management accounts and annual financial statements.
  • Support the statutory audit of the two entities.
  • Internal reporting of expenditure against restricted grant funds received
  • Work with the Business & Operations Manager to review and develop robust non-financial administration process to support the day to day operations of the Charity.
  • Ad hoc support to Business & Operations Manager, Finance Trustee and Chief Executive.

Skills Required

  • Proven bookkeeping experience.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Knowledge of Sage, Xero or other small business accounting software.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Show initiative and is self-motivated.
  • Good communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team.
  • Display a positive can-do approach.
  • Receptive and listens to others.

Additional useful experience or skills

  • Charity accounting and controls
  • Payroll processing and management
  • VAT return
  • Experience: Accounting: 3 years (Preferred)

Working Requirements

  • ~37.5 hours per week – 7.5 hours per day Monday to Friday but flexible
  • Benefits
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work from home opportunities
  • On-site parking
  • Casual dress
  • Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

To apply, please send us a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suitable for the role and why you would like to be considered along with an up to date CV. All applications should be sent via e-mail to by the closing date of 5pm on Thursday 13th of February 2020. SCFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and all offers are subject to references and CRBS clearance.

Spartans Community Football Academy is a charity and social enterprise in North Edinburgh, focusing on community engagement and participation and delivering social impact through the power of people and sport.

You can find out more about the organisation 

Date published: 06 February 2020
Date updated: 06 February 2020


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