Vacancy Details

Finance Officer (Sales Ledger)

Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 6RQ
£16,601 - £17,851 per annum
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Position: Finance Officer – Sales Ledger

Salary: £16,601 - £17,851 per annum + benefits

Hours: 30 hours per week, 52 weeks

Type: Permanent

Location: Cheadle Hulme, near Stockport, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, SK8 6RQ

Holidays: Year 1 is 25 days pro rata plus bank holidays, rising to 30 days pro rata plus bank holidays after 5 years

Close date: Friday 6th December

Role Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Officer to join our ambitious organisation as part of our friendly Accounts Team and support the Head of Finance to administer the sales ledger and credit control function.

Here at Seashell Trust we provide education and care for children and young people (up to 25 years old) with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties and disabilities, sensory impairment and communication disorders and autism.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced sales ledger professional to add value and make a real difference in this varied and challenging role!


Reporting to the Head of Finance, responsibilities for the successful Finance Offer will include:

  • Raising all invoices relating to student fees adhering to different local authority requirements i.e. Portals

  • Raising all invoices relating to the Residential Care Short Breaks service, and liaising with our Care Service to ensure information is timely and accurate to reduce queries with parents / local authorities

  • Identify and implement process improvements within the sales function

  • Main point of contact for local authorities in relation to financial aspects of student fee calculations, placements and contract agreements

  • Follow up on outstanding debts as part of the credit control function and advise the Head of Finance of any issues arising from this

  • Manage the cash and banking transactions in relation to student fees and post the required adjustments in Sage

  • Ensure all payments are correctly allocated to invoices and credits on each customer account

  • Monitor the debtors’ ledger and ensure all invoices are paid promptly.

  • Reconcile the sales ledger on a monthly basis to agreed deadlines


  • Part qualified AAT / Finance qualification or extensive practical sales ledger experience

  • GCSE English and Maths (grade A-C), or level 2 numeracy and literacy

  • Ability to prioritise work and manage potentially conflicting demands on time

  • Experience with computerised accounting systems and MS Excel

  • Ability to work quickly and accurately, and to meet deadlines

  • Highly motivated, well organised and methodical

  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken

  • Able to work with low levels of supervision but knows when to seek advice

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with different stakeholders, both internal and external

Our benefits

Pension scheme, on site gym, employee assistance programme, online retail and leisure discounts, doggy day care/grooming service, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, free parking and generous holidays!

We offer good career development opportunities with performance related pay to progress your salary depending on qualifications, training and experience.

About Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and a specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes for children and young adults with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multisensory impairments.

We provide an environment that is safeguarded and as part of our safer recruitment policy, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities.Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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