Charity Bid Writer & Finance Officer

26 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Charity Bid Writer & Finance Officer

Job Description

SALARY: £21,000 per annum
RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Officer and Board of Trustees

LOCATION: Ilkeston, Derbyshire

HOURS: 12 month probationary period - 37 hours per week

This is an exciting and unique, progressive opportunity to make an important contribution to the support of those who have been bereaved by suicide. This national charity gives Bereavement Support across the UK, to people aged over 18 years who have lost a loved one to suicide, through 67 local groups, a National Helpline, and email service.  It supports over 10,000 people each year, is growing rapidly and achieving a much higher national profile.  It has a strong Volunteer base who deliver most of the services.

To continue this success, it is now proposed to add the position of a Bid Writer & Finance Officer to our small, but highly effective team.  We seek a proactive and personable individual with a hands on approach to be prepared to work at all roles within the office and the capacity to work unsupervised and make decisions.

You may have experience of the following: Bid Writer, Charity, Third Sector and Finance. 

You will be required to attend six Board meetings each year and the annual Volunteers' Conferences, Training events and any other events that may occur throughout the year, all of which are held at weekends and currently held in Derby. You must have a full driving licence as well as own transport.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To produce successful tender proposals as well as other fundraising applications when required - based on good research and excellent communication  with Trustees and other external sources
  • Research and confirm criteria fit with potential funders
  • Compile progress reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Develop and maintain an excellent knowledge of the Charities services
  • Provide monitoring and evaluating end of grant report for Funder(s)
  • Consolidation of Group Accounts and National Accounts
  • Production and maintenance of Annual Budget and cash flows
  • Monthly Financial report to Trustees
  • Process Gift Aid claims
  • Maintenance of computerised accounts package
  • Monthly bank reconciliation
  • Supporting Groups in the development of funding proposals

Skills and Experience

  • At least two years' experience working in a bid writing and/or finance role
  • A proven track record of raising substantial income on an annualised basis
  • The ability to commit to, and work within, the aims principals and policies of SoBS
  • IT literate with strong administrative skills
  • Excellent verbal and written presentation and communication skills including the ability to write funding briefs, reports, proposals and correspondence
  • Essential Team player qualities, self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic with the ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner under minimal supervision
  • Ability to plan and organise varied and busy workload, including handling conflicting priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience of electronic bookkeeping in preparation for company financial statements
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office applications.
  • Discretion and proven ability to handle confidential and sensitive information


  • Ideally educated to a degree level, however, not essential.  

Personal Attributes

  • Well organised, efficient and effective
  • Team player and able to adapt willing to take on even the simplest of tasks
  • Empathetic and compassionate due to the nature of our service, capable of dealing with stress and others' grief/anger
  • Great communicator, active listener and good telephone manner