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Job: ARU Director of Finance


ARU Director of Finance

Job Information

Line Manager: ARU Secretary (for personal admin matters) / ARU Chairman (for ARU financial matters)

Location: ARU Offices, Fox Lines, Aldershot, GU11 2LB

Job Summary

The ARU Trust is a registered and incorporated Charity whose charitable objectives are to support and promote the game of Rugby Football throughout the Army.  The role of Director of Finance is to assume responsibility for the full spectrum of financial activities within the Trust including briefing and advising the Management Board on financial matters, maintaining the ARU finances in accordance with Charity Law and SORP. The incumbent will also be required to provide the ARU Management Board with appropriate business plans supporting development of the ARU Strategy and to enable decision making by the Board and Council.  The post is full-time (37 hours per week) with an annual salary of £39,000 and enrolment in a workplace pension scheme plus 30 days annual leave with additional Public Holidays.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and deliver financial briefings and papers to the Chairman and Management Board in order to support decision making on current and future investment and advice on all aspects of financial matters, particularly with regard to scrutiny, propriety and legality.
  • Maintenance of all aspects of ARU accounts and subsidiary books on Sage 50 including up to 20 subsidiary team accounts and the ARU Shop trading account; explicit tasks include:
    • Maintenance of Nominal and supporting ledgers
    • Producing monthly and quarterly management accounts;
    • Treasury management including cash forecasting;
    • Monthly closedown and reconciliation of Nominal ledger to Balance Sheet;
    • Debtor and Creditor management;
    • Monthly analysis of trading subsidiary;
    • Monthly reconciliation of budgets with budget holders;
    • Credit referencing potential new suppliers;
    • Recording of Transactions
    • Handling of Petty Cash
    • Bank Statement Reconciliation
    • Making Payments and Bank Deposits
    • Monitoring Cash Flow
  • Management of the ARU trading account to maximise sales and income for ARU wider charitable objectives;
  • Management and control of ARU credit card facilities
  • Preparation and presentation of the ARU accounts for annual audit in accordance with SORP
  • Supporting Management Board in producing annual ARU budgets
  • Management of income and expenditure generated from the annual Army v Navy fixture
  • Production of Annual Financial Forecasts and Budget Allocation as agreed by the Management Board
  • Production of invoices as required by ARU Secretary
  • Production of sponsorship agreements as arranged by the ARU Marketing Director
  • Attendance on boards and committees where financial matters are discussed as required
  • The continued development and modernisation of systems and processes in conjunction with the ARU Secretary
  • The costing and booking of travel for the Management Board and Representative Teams as and when required
  • Any other duties as directed by the Management Board

(The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform mutually agreed job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description)

Job Requirements (Educational qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities)


Must possess an in-depth knowledge of accounting principles

Must be confident with excellent briefing, interpersonal, organisational and team working skills

Must have a high level of attention to detail and excellent IT skills (especially Excel)

Knowledge of Charitable Law and SORP



Experience of accounting for VAT

Experience of operating Sage 50 or similar accounting software (training can be provided)

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