Finance Assistant

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £29,573
  • Glasgow (Hybrid)
  • Closing 30th May 2024

  • Advertised from 2nd May 2024
  • Hours per week 37.5


About Simon Community Scotland

Simon Community Scotland is the largest provider of homelessness services in Scotland.

Our vision is for everyone to have a safe place to live with access to the support they need. Every day we help make positive things happen for people facing extremely difficult circumstances.

Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness.

Our values are built into every area of activity and tell the story of how people remain at the heart of the Simon Community.

Job Summary

The Simon Community is Scotland's leading homeless charity. We are creative and innovative. We get things done with care and compassion that make a difference to our community, being true to our values. We are a community of staff, volunteers and the people that we support.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about changing expectations and experiences of people we support, many of whom have experienced significant trauma, exclusion and stigma. They often engage in risk taking behaviours that put their physical and mental health, and their lives at risk. Despite the challenges they face they have incredible resilience, survival skills and a wicked sense of humour. They know what a good, and not so good service looks like.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a high calibre, self-motivated individual to join our successful charity in the role of Finance Assistant reporting to the Finance Manager, the Finance Assistant will assist in delivering a quality and professional finance service to ensure the Simon Community meets ethical and legal requirements and maintains financial efficiency and effectiveness.

Job Purpose

The role involves undertaking routine accounting procedures to ensure operational financial transactions are undertaken in a timely manner and in compliance with the required financial instructions.

Key Responsibilities

Our values support:

- Warmth and positive regard

- Inclusion and participation

- Innovation and personalisation of care and support

- Ambition

- Partnership

- Learning and leadership

Your key responsibilities in this post are as follows:

- Input all payments and income (cash, cheques, standing orders, direct debits etc.) onto the accounting software

- Ensure cash and cheques are banked regularly

- Ensure petty cash reconciliations are completed monthly

- Issue statements and letters to service users for payments due

- Raise invoices to funders and others

- Ensure timeous payment of suppliers by BACS or cheques

- Liaise with relevant statutory body to ensure prompt and efficient receipt of DWP income, Housing Benefit, Supporting People income etc.

- Assist with the preparation of annual statutory accounts and year end audit file

- Assist with the timely completion and submission of statutory and other periodic returns

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications:


- HNC Accounts



- Flexibility in working practices with the ability to react to changing demands


- Experience of working in the charity sector

- Experience of working within an office environment

Knowledge and Skills


- IT proficient, in particular with Google

- Good communication skills


- A knowledge of social care funding and charity accounting

- Experience of working with accounting software



- Values-driven with an appreciation for the work we do

- A can-do and hands-on approach

- Ability to be flexible and support other team members

Application notes