Group Assistant Accountant

The Big Issue Group

  • Full Time

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We are looking for a Group Assistant Accountant to ensure the provision of quality financial information for The Big Issue Company and The Big Issue Group. The role will work closely with the Big Issue Finance Team, and other Big Issue managers, primarily focusing on Revenue.


You will work with the Group Management Accountant and wider Finance team to help manage Group Banking bank reconciliations, the month end process, weekly revenue reporting and, to assist in the preparation of the monthly management accounts.  You will also work closely with other employees of The Big Issue, helping them to understand the financial implications of their role.


The Role

Key responsibilities include:

Financial management


  • Collation of weekly skims from branches, notification of late skims and banking
  • Assisting with Management of multiple bank accounts
  • Bank reconciliations and other income accounts e.g. Paypal, Stripe
  • Maintenance of weekly cash flow reporting, categorising all transactions
  • Posting of all Street Sales, Subscriptions and other income and bank transactions
  • Balance Sheet reconciliations relating to revenue, accrued income, deferred income
  • Assisting with annual external audit in accordance with Group timetable
  • Assisting with ABC Audit
  • Raising Advertising and other Income invoices

Business support


  • Preparation of Weekly Circulation and Sales report
  • Assisting in Preparation of Management accounts
  • Financial and variance analysis, as requested to support preparation of Board Pack
  • Assisting with Revenue budget preparation

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Previous accounting experience
  • Educated to A level/Degree level
  • Experience of working effectively with non-finance stakeholders and varying communication styles to suit audiences
  • Experience of assessing financial risk and being able to communicate this in a timely manner
  • Excellent attention to detail, a high level of numeracy and Excel skills- eg SUMIF, VLOOKUP.
  • Excellent time management, with the ability to work to deadlines and reprioritise tasks when required
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

For a full job description with details of skills and experience, please download from the link below.

Salary and Benefits include:

•    Salary commensurate with the third sector, which can be confirmed on request.

•    Incremental holiday entitlement starting at 25 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time staff) plus paid leave to care for a sick child or grandchild and a sick or elderly relation

•    Incremental sick pay starting at 5 days per rolling year

•    Enhanced contribution to our workplace pension

•    Enhanced maternity/paternity pay

•    Comprehensive flexible working policy open to all staff

•    Training and development opportunities including an open learning library and management training schemes

•    Health benefits include life cover, a health Cashplan scheme which provides access to counselling and a range of therapies

Please note that we reserve the right to review and amend our staff benefits and they do not form part of any contract of employment.

Workplace details

This role will be based at our Head Office in London, with the possibility of some remote working.

If you have any queries, please email stating the job title.

Closing date: 15 October 2021

The Big Issue Group is striving towards Equal Opportunities

We particularly welcome applications from those who are underrepresented in our sector, such as women in senior roles, and people with disabilities and from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

Since 1991, The Big Issue has fought poverty by creating opportunities and supporting people to take control of their lives. Over time our organisation has grown and now The Big Issue Group consists of The Big Issue Company Ltd and Big Issue Invest Ltd (our social investment arm). In addition, we also have our sister charity The Big Issue Foundation.

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As well as a salary commensurate with our sector, we are proud of our family-friendly staff benefits. We offer 3 days paid leave in a rolling year to care for a sick child or grandchild, 3 days paid leave in a rolling year to care for a sick or elderly relative, an incremental holiday scheme, life cover, a healthcare cash plan, access to an open learning library and other learning & development opportunities, an enhanced contribution into our workplace pension and a generous maternity package. We particularly welcome applicants from those who are underrepresented, such as women in senior roles such as this, disabled people and people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.
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