We're Looking For a Finance Assistant

Bonsucro Careers


Finance Assistant Required to Join Our International Team


A new role at Bonsucro has been created for an individual who is looking for an opportunity to build on a good level of existing accounting and bookkeeping skills, support a growing organisation and be part of a small and dynamic team at the heart of global sustainability.


About Bonsucro and the Role

We are a global not for profit organization, working towards increased sustainability in the sugar cane sector. Our mission is to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins.

As Finance Assistant you will support the Finance & Risk Manager with all aspects of the finance function. Much of your time will be focused on the maintenance of accurate accounting records, which will ultimately feed in to enabling the business to meet its statutory filing obligations and provide management with accurate, timely and relevant financial information.

We are a growing international organisation and we are committed to offering good development opportunities to our staff as well as a dynamic and inspiring work environment with a friendly culture. Working as part of a Corporate Services team of six people, based in central London, you will report to the Finance & Risk Manager.


What are we looking for?

You are committed to being an effective finance professional with a keen eye for detail and are experienced in all aspects of bookkeeping. You are proactive and positive in your approach, and a doer who ensures that actions are prompt and issues resolved to completion. Ideally, you have recent experience of working in a similar role and are familiar with the day to day financial activities of a smaller organisation.

Being a relatively small organisation with a global reach and a challenging mission, we are looking for someone adaptable, resilient and able to work with a diverse set of colleagues and external stakeholders. An interest in sustainability would be a bonus.


Key Responsibilities

  • Review and maintenance of the sales, purchase & general ledgers
  • Review and processing of expenses claims
  • Creation and posting of month end accounting journals
  • Perform weekly bank reconciliations for all our accounts (including foreign currency)
  • Processing of payroll for our UK and overseas staff
  • Support with other pay items (pensions, childcare vouchers, loan schemes, etc.)
  • Credit control
  • Assisting with weekly payments runs
  • Provision of additional support as required to the Finance & Risk Manager, including assisting with preparation of the monthly management accounts, VAT returns, statutory accounts and annual planning and budget setting process


Essential Criteria

  • A good working knowledge of accountancy/bookkeeping principles and common accountancy software packages
  • 2+ years’ experience in a finance or bookkeeping role (ideally in a not for profit or professional service environment)
  • Strong IT skills, in particular of Excel within a finance and accounting context
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise
  • A proactive approach to work and confidence in working independently
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with others, including remotely based colleagues
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to provide additional administrative support from time to time as directed by the Finance & Risk Manager or CEO


Desirable Criteria

  • AAT Advanced certificate in Bookkeeping (or equivalent).
  • Experience of Xero accounts software
  • Proficiency in Latin American Spanish and/or Portuguese


Other information

  • Start date: ASAP
  • Reports to: Finance and Risk Manager
  • Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)


How to Apply

Please send your CV along with a statement explaining how you feel you can meet the requirements of this role to accounts@bonsucro.com. The deadline for applications is 1st March 2019. We will consider applicants on a rolling basis and so early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

This job description reflects the core activities of the post. As the service and the post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. We expect that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work. This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary. The line manager will consult the post-holder if significant changes to the job description become necessary. Any changes will be reflected in a revised job description.