Short term project opportunity for financial consultant
Background and current position
This year as part of our 5 year strategy, the Connection at St Martins started to develop its trading activity. Traditionally the charity has sold Christmas Cards and a few pieces of merchandise, bringing in around £20,000 over the year. However, this year, we have:
• Piloted a “communal breakfast” project (held in the St Martins in the Field Ltd owned kiosk café outside)
• Developed our on-line trading, building a new website and significantly increasing the product range – with more to follow in 2020
• A coffee cart providing drinks and cakes for participants in a major fundraising initiative to be held on 7th December
This, along with some fundraising activity, property service charges and our in house cafe, means we are currently below the VAT threshold (estimated around £60k in the 2019/20 financial year). However, the intention is to scale up our trading in the 2020/21 financial year by developing baked goods and juices for sale to the Café in the Crypt at St Martins. We also plan to run the kiosk café between 8 and 11 every day. This means we are highly likely to exceed the £85k VAT threshold.
The trading we have developed this year includes on-line payment and we are using platforms such as iZettle, Shopify and Eventbrite. Our financial software, installed in October 2018 is Xero. We are keen to integrate IT to enable efficiency and to support a streamlined VAT system once we have registered.
In order to take this work forward, we have identified the need to bring in a specialist on a short term, consultancy basis, to ensure we put the right systems in place.
We are looking for someone who is:
• A qualified accountant with a good level of knowledge of charity accounting and VAT (ideally but not necessarily in a social enterprise setting)
• Experienced in readying a charity for adopting VAT and a strong understanding of the trading implications
• Familiar with our various payment streams ((iZettle, Shopify, Eventbrite or similar) and Xero and how to synchronise these applications to minimise monitoring in reconciling financial transactions and VAT
• Able to work in partnership with our Finance Team and our Enterprise Development Lead and leave behind a robust, fit for purpose system
The role will involve working closely to support our Enterprise Development Lead and Financial Controller to help plan out the required project approach in the first instance. This will include thinking through our VAT registration process and how the IT systems need to work together. Secondly, it will require the person to work with our staff to implement the automation and integration of our various payment streams with Xero.
Timing and application process
We anticipate this work taking between 2 and 4 weeks and would like it to start early in the New Year. We are very interested to receive proposals from either firms or individuals who have the expertise to carry out this work with us.
If you would like to undertake this work, please provide us with a CV (either as an individual or firm) highlighting your experience which is relevant to the opportunity we have outlined. Please also give us, in no more than one side of A4, information about how you would propose tackling the work, the timescale and your costing. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Ben Benton at The Connection on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to receive proposals from interested parties until Friday 3rd January with a view to starting work w/b 13th January. Please send proposals to email@example.com.
Contract:12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £25,203 – £29,931 per year
The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields (CSTM) provides services which help 4000 homeless people each year in London avoid, move away from and stay off the streets. The charity has an annual turnover of £4.2m, a staff team of 80 and 50 regular volunteers.
Our new strategy from April 2018 includes our aim to develop our services in new ways. This will include implementing a strengths based approach to client work, consolidating the implementation of a new service model, creating better pathways for clients into health and treatment services and improving our systems to demonstrate impact.
The Service Host will provide a high quality, efficient and professional welcome and “shop window” for clients, doing everything possible to encourage their engagement in services which will tackle the underlying causes of their homelessness as well as the initial presenting issues. The Service Host will also manage telephone enquiries from partner organisations, service users and wider community members ensuring that enquiries are dealt with promptly and by the appropriate team and/or staff member.
• Strong interpersonal and administrative skills and the positivity and resilience to work in a busy and challenging environment.
• Understanding of, or willingness to learn about and embrace, co-production and a strengths based approach to working with people who have multiple and complex needs.
• Ability to manage telephone enquiries in a fast paced environment.
• Ability to provide a welcoming and engaging “reception” service.
• The ability to respond appropriately and effectively when faced with challenging behavior.
To apply, please read and then complete the application form, ensuring that you have clearly demonstrated that you meet the requirements of the role set out in the person specification.
The application form can be found here.
Details of the full job description, which includes the detailed person specification can be found here.
Closing Date: Monday 30th March 2020 – 12pm
Interview Date: TBC
Waking Nights – Locum Engagement and Assessment Advisor
Contract: 0 hours (casual)
Salary: £13.85 plus £1.47 holiday pay per hour
The Connection at St Martin’s (CSTM) is based in the heart of London, near Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. CSTM has been helping homeless people since the First World War and is one of London’s largest homelessness charities. CSTM helps 4000 people each year through delivery of services for rough sleepers and people who are vulnerably housed.
We are recruiting for Engagement and Assessment Advisors (Waking Nights) to join our Emergency Accommodation team, supporting the running of our provisions by:
• Developing and delivering strengths-based, recovery focused services with service users
• Monitoring and evaluation of service delivery to demonstrate impact
• Actively contributing towards a highly effective team
You will have experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs, and be able to provide a welcoming and engaging service. You will be confident and experienced when dealing with challenging situations from those whom may be under stress.
Closing Date: Tuesday 10th March 2020 – 5pm
Interview Date: TBC