AboutWe are the recognised representative body of some 18,000 students studying at London South Bank University - one of the most diverse institutions in the country. We believe that education has the power to change everything, and for students at South Bank their time studying will be one of the most transformative experiences of their lives. Helping them get on and get up, coming to university for them is all about improving their career prospects, opening doors to new opportunities and creating a better life for them and those they love.
South Bank students are laser-focused on their study and spring-boarding their career after graduation, however, like all of us, their lives are complex, they are faced with the pressures of trying to balance their studies with work and lives at home. Many don’t identify primarily as students, instead they are carers, nurses, engineers, parents, designers, workers, entrepreneurs, apprentices and last chance learners.
We believe that a student’s background and life circumstances should not put them at an educational disadvantage, and all students deserve a high-quality University experience and the chance to graduate equipped with the tools to succeed in life. This role would suit someone who shares this vision.
We are looking for an experienced finance professional to line manage the finance team, and provide excellent financial management for the Union’s newly incorporated company. You will be part of the central management team, supporting budget holders in making effective financial decisions and ensuring good governance to further the transformation of the organisation and pursue our mission. You will be responsible for providing timely and accurate management accounts, processing payroll, improving and implementing policies and processes; ensuring statutory compliance; supporting the annual audit process and supervising daily bookkeeping and banking.
This role would suit someone who either holds an accounting qualification; is working towards one; or who is comparably qualified through experience.
This is a part-time role, and it is expected you will work either 3 or 4 days per week.
Students’ Unions are fast-paced, creative environments, and we pride ourselves on providing employment and development opportunities for students and graduates who are taking the first steps on their career path. Therefore we are looking for someone who enjoys these kinds working environments and is able to adapt their approach and Woking styles if necessary to help others thrive. You will also be able to explain complex financial information and principles to non-finance staff so they can understand and develop their financial literacy.
Commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
SBSU’s simple vision of disrupting inequality is the heartbeat of the organisation and it is this which steers its decisions, practice, and priorities. It unifies our services, and it drives our staff to remove societal barriers so that all people can achieve their full potential.
SBSU believes that in order to truly disrupt inequality for its members, it must also strive to do this for its workforce – in short, staff must experience it in order to deliver it!
Our Union benefits enormously from having a team of staff with a range of diverse lived experiences. We understand that some life circumstances might be more complex, and that some will have had to overcome more barriers. We value the unique perspectives that are formed by an individual’s background and believe that ‘bringing your whole self to work’ is essential for informed decision making and collaboration and paves the way for high performance so we welcome applications from all, especially if your background and circumstances are traditionally under-represented in the workplace.
We encourage applications from candidates from a broad range of backgrounds and life circumstances and want to make sure that this recruitment process is accessible to all so should you require support related to this process or attending a digital interview, please let us know at any point during the process via [email protected]