Senior Finance Officer

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Location Hybrid · Manchester (M4 3AQ)
Salary £32101.20
Team Finance Team
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 9th Jun 2023 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Our new strategy for 2022-25 gives us a strong platform to show that we will use our powers to protect and promote equality and human rights, and that we have identified the main challenges in society where we can make a difference in our role as a regulator.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

Working as a Senior Associate at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, this is a Senior Finance Officer role overseeing our accounts payable function. This post is responsible for the effective and efficient day to day management of our accounting operations function ensuring the provision of a high quality customer-focussed service to the Commission.

You will:

  • manage the Commission’s Purchase to Pay system and purchase ledger; ensuring that all transactions comply with Government regulations;

  • maintain a robust but proportionate control environment, explaining finance processes to non-finance staff, providing training and ensuring compliance with organisational and government policy;

  • manage the sales ledger, income processing and banking, including monthly reconciliations, such as procurement card and bank reconciliations;

  • complete the weekly payment run and assisting with the production of the monthly payroll;

  • report on the Commission’s spend and performance as required;

  • assist in administering the finance system (e.g. setting up new suppliers  or cost centre codes, adding new users);

  • line and task manage one colleague within the accounts payable function in the team.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • minimum AAT Level 3 qualified or equivalent experience

  • Proven experience of working in a busy financial operations environment, preferably within the civil service or similar.

  • Experience of advising on day-to-day financial queries and policies and ensuring compliance with policies;

  • Proficiency and experience in a variety of ICT applications including electronic purchase to pay systems, and MS Excel and Word;

  • Excellent administration and organisation skills with the ability to effectively manage and prioritise your workload and work to tight deadlines;

  • Knowledge of GDPR and Data Protection and be able to maintain confidentiality;

  • Attention to detail and accuracy even when working under pressure.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in [the candidate pack].

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, please review the attached Candidate Pack for more information and submit your application today!

If you have any questions, please refer to the contacts detailed in the Candidate Pack.

Disability Confident Leader

As a Disability Confident Leader, the Equality and Human Rights Commission offers an interview for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004) and who meet the minimum criteria for this appointment.

Where high numbers of applications are received, the candidates that best meet the minimum criteria for the role may only be invited to interview. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the appropriate section on the online application form. This will enable us to make the appropriate arrangements, if necessary.

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Fri 9th Jun 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Fri 9th Jun 2023