Income and Branch Finance Assistant Officer

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for an Income and Branch Finance Assistant Officer within our Finance Department.
Greater London
Starting salary
£38,125 per annum incl. London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
6 January 2020
Contract type
Full time, permanent

About this job

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join the Branch and Regional Development function which supports and reports on branch finances and operations. This is a new post, working alongside the senior officers with the aim of improving financial controls and procedures already in place aimed at ensuring the integrity of financial records, compliance with internal and external rules and regulations and promoting best practice.

The post holder will provide support and assistance in order to achieve agreed work plans including planned operational and systems developments and conference administration. The section provides first class accounting support and advisory service, including budgeting and forecasting primarily to branch officers. The role combines a degree of autonomy, interesting and varied work with opportunities to make valued contributions in shaping and improving the union’s operations and processes towards effective financial management.

Responsibilities and duties will therefore involve undertaking a wide range of detailed financial analyses, including forecasting, and reporting with recommendations to senior managers; delivering financial and systems training to branch and regional officers; dealing with branch funding and related issues, enquiries and appeals and assisting or supporting branches with their yearend accounts and returns. You will be actively involved in the administration of the union’s conferences with reference internal procedures for participation, compliance and appeals. The postholder will also provide input into or draft branch financial guidance, handbooks, policy updates and any training materials

You will have very good all round technical and practical knowledge of accounting concepts and double entry bookkeeping as well as budgeting and forecasting techniques. You will be adapt at drawing down and working with large volumes of data but also at branch or task specific level. As the role will be demanding, it calls for an individual with strong analytical skills with an eye for detail; excellent reporting attributes to be able to produce and present relevant information to both financial and non-financial stakeholders and the ability to communicate effectively and at all levels. The post holder will be highly organised and able to work unsupervised to meet the diverse demands and objectives of the finance section to strict deadlines.

The role is essentially office based however some degree of travel to branches and regional offices across the UK will be required, with possible overnight stays, in attending meetings, providing training to lay and regional officers and attendance at conferences.

How to apply

An application form can be obtained by visiting  Please send 3 copies of the completed application form along with Recruitment and Disability monitoring form to Sue Stephenson, Finance Department, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road London NW1 2AY or email by no later than 5pm on Monday 6th January 2020 quoting ref: ORD/168

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at the Head Office.


UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

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