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Recruitment of a Finance Officer


The Grassmarket Community Project is an Edinburgh based charity that supports vulnerable adults. We are recruiting a finance officer to help us manage the increasing complexity, size and breadth of our operations including an activity programme 7 days a week and 5 social enterprises.

The post is 12 hours a week – which should reflect the priorities of the business over the month and year and to meet deadlines balanced with the successful candidates wider family and work commitments.

Apply before Friday 7th July and join our dynamic team and become part of an award winning outwardly looking social enterprise and charity.

Job Title: Finance Officer/Accountant
Reporting to: Chief Executive

Hours & Salary: 12 hours per week £16 phr (sub contracted – invoiced monthly)
Location: Work from Home & be available to attend meetings onsite
86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA

We are looking for a Finance Officer to take charge of the financial health of our organisation by administering accounting operations to meet legal requirements and good practice as well all our responsibilities as a charity.

Purpose of the Role:
To ensure reliable accurate financial records and reports are compiled monthly which assist the CEO and Treasurer to plan and execute spending and measure performance against income targets

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

• Ensuring records of financial transactions are kept accurately
• Preparing balance sheets
• Producing management accounts and reports on a regular basis
• Supervising the Administrative Assistant to ensure processing of invoices (overseeing tasks carried out by Administrative Assistant)
You should be familiar with audits, invoices and budget preparations within a charitable organisation. Our ideal candidate demonstrates interest in managing accounting activities, including financial and management accounting and reporting required by the board and CEO. You should also have excellent organisational skills and be able to handle time-sensitive tasks.
Ultimately, you’ll be responsible for production of management accounts in partnership with our Treasurer providing him with the data and detail he requires to report to our board periodically and make recommendations based on our financial position of appropriate courses of action.
– Supervise and mentor the Administrative Assistant to ensure that all daily transactions are recorded accurately and ledgers are maintained
– Provide detailed information on spend to allow the preparation of balance sheets and forward financial planning
– Update internal systems with financial data
– Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports as required by the Treasurer and CEO
– Prepare reports for funders and where applicable ensuring compliance with procedures to ensure funding is granted
– Reconcile bank statements
– Participate in financial audits
– Track bank deposits and payments
– Assist with budget preparation and monitor income and expenditure against the budget.
– Complete monthly payroll for all staff
– Review and implement financial policies
– Part Qualified Accountant with experience within a similar environment – essential
– Proven work experience as a Finance Officer/Accountant or similar role – essential
– Solid knowledge of financial and accounting procedures – essential
– Experience using SAGE financial software – essential
– Experience using payroll software – essential
– Advanced MS Excel skills – essential
– Knowledge of financial regulations within a charity / social enterprise – desirable
– Sharp time management skills – essential
– Strong ethics, with an ability to manage confidential data – essential
– Experience of trust income reporting and EU funding reporting process – desirable

To apply:

Please email you CV and a personal statement to
CLOSING DATE IS: Friday 7th July
[Note Interviews will be held on 11th July for those shortlisted]


Join our awesome team

Join our dynamic team as a Catering Assistant

the awesome team

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and hard working catering assistant with a lot of compassion, patience and a positive attitude to join our social enterprise team in a new catering facility that we open early June 2017.

Duties include: setting up the café, using and cleaning the coffee machine, providing our customers with outstanding customer service, basic food prep, stocking up, ensuring our café is clean, tidy and presentable, ensuring that HACCP and COSHH is maintained and updated, closing café down at the end of the day, Cashing handling, servicing meeting rooms, supervising volunteers and trainees and any other reasonable duties as requested.

You will be required to work alongside and positively encourage trainees and volunteers (our members) who may have additional support needs.

You will be required to always remain positive and patient whilst ensuring our customers only ever experience the highest quality standards of service.

The successful candidate would ideally be required to start immediately but some flexibility / notice period can be negotiated for the right candidate .

This position(s) range from 20-35 hours per week and are Monday to Friday.

We are a living wage employer with a strong value base and ethos.

The rate of pay is £8.25 per hour (plus the option of a employers pension contribution for those eligible).

You would become part of a multi-award wining ever expanding social enterprise team who are rooted firmly in maximising opportunities and positive experiences for our most vulnerable and isolated citizens.

More information on the wider organisation or current catering social enterprises is available here

To apply: email your CV (maximum 4 sides!) and a covering letter or email (maximum 1 side)

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Edinburgh Uni Medical Students Committee Donate to our charity

We are delighted to announce that Edinburgh University Medical Students donated he proceeds from their ball to our project.

Many of the students were involved in a visit to the project with Doneil McCleod, Psychiatric Nurse and Head of the NHS Access Centre Clinic. They were so impressed by the project and moved by our members stories and the transformation the GCP supported in peoples physical and mental that they nominated our charity as the beneficiary of their ball.

A huge thanks to them for the generosity. £300 will pay for a weeks training for two of our guys in the workshop from our experienced furniture makers or it will be used to fund one of our 6 week self-esteem courses which tackles the root of isolation and lack of self-worth. This kind of donation makes a huge difference to the lives of the people we support. Thanks everyone.

Edinburgh Medical Students presenting cheque to Jonny

Grassmarket Volunteer wins Inspiring Volunteer Award!

We are delighted to announce that Grassmarket Community Project’s very own Candela Sanchez who volunteers at our Job Club every week, supporting our members into work or assisting them with updating CV’s applications and searches, has been selected for an Inspiring Volunteering Award.

She’ll be presented with the Award by The Rt. Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh at an special event in June

We so proud of her and proud as a project to have her in our team. Candela not only runs the job club which has helped so many of our members but volunteered to Lead a new guided self-help discussion for our members who have difficulty experiencing panic attacks. Shes totally committed to our members and is a formidable listener with a huge heart.

Well done Candela and thank you for your on-going support of our members and our project!

Candela Sanchez Lead volunteer

Grassmarket Walking wedding fair and the joys of marrying in an ethical venue

GREATER GRASSMARKET WALKING WEDDING FAIR takes places this Saturday 8th April, 11am until 5pm and features our wonderful Grassmarket Centre

Back by popular demand, walk around the lovely area nestled beneath Edinburgh Castle and browse, sample and enjoy some special treatment from a long list of independent high end suppliers ready to welcome you and give expert advice for that special day! Just pop in to any one of the participating businesses and they’ll be happy to assist you.

It’s the perfect day out for those planning a wedding, looking for advice, or simply looking to browse for ideas.

And if thats not enough our venue is featured in The Scottish Wedding Directory in an article about environmentally and socially conscious weddings




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