Finance Assistant

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Finance Assistant

Job advert

Finance Assistant

Permanent 35 hours pw (8am-3.30pm with half an hour for lunch)

Salary Grade 5: Scale Points 12-15


Post currently term time plus 5 weeks (44 weeks) but would consider full time (52 weeks)

All holidays to be taken during school holidays

Finance Assistant required as soon as possible to join our busy team of two.  You will need to be tactful, personable and able to work on own initiative as well as part of the team. You will need experience of liasing with people at all levels externally and internally. 

Camden School for Girls is a successful and oversubscribed inner London comprehensive secondary school.  We have been identified five times by government ministers as one of the top 100 schools in the country.  The school has also been described as “outstanding” by Ofsted in all categories

For an application form and job description/job spec go to, click on ‘Main School Information’ and then click ‘Vacancies’ or apply through E-Teach: 

Deadline for applications:  24 October 2019

Interviews:                         TBC

We do not accept CVs.   

Camden School for Girls is committed to safeguarding students.  Appointed staff require an Enhanced Disclosure through the DBS.  The School is an equal opportunities employer.




  • Frontline of the Finance Department including phone queries from parents, staff members and suppliers.
  • Initiating and processing orders and payments.
  • Dealing with queries regarding orders and payments.
  • Uploading ParentPay items and dealing with parent and staff queries relating to ParentPay.
  • Processing Support Staff Overtime Claims


  • Frontline of the Finance Dept:
  • Responsible for finance emails’ inbox, answering phone calls and helping visitors’ with general finance queries including ParentPay, orders, invoices, support staff overtime claims and bursary payments. Forwarding, where necessary, to the Finance Manager or Bursar.
  • Processing orders, invoices, bursaries, BACS & cheque payments:Uploading ParentPay items:
  • Liaising with staff regarding details of ParentPay items to be uploaded.
  • Uploading items and assigning payers.Sending communications including activation codes.Issuing payment lists to staff when requested.
  • Journalling Focus First, Bursary grants and income reports in FMS.
  • Chasing late payers.
  • Processing Support Staff Overtime Claims:
  • Checking timesheets’ calculations and authorisation.
  • Creating payment schedule to be authorised by Bursar and emailed to Payroll within deadline.
  • Keep filing and archived finance documents in order using the school document retention policy as a guide and following General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  • Assisting the Finance Manager and bursar with other occasional work.
  • To undertake training and participate in appropriate support staff meetings.
  • Participate in the performance management process in the school.
  • To be conversant with the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy and at all times work to further the school’s aims with regard to equal opportunities and raising achievement.
  • To be committed to working co-operatively towards the aims of CSFG

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications

Good general standard of education to Level 3 - A Level or

equivalent                                                                                          Essential

Good standard of numeracy Essential

Trained to use MS Word or similar software                                      Essential

Trained in the creation and use of spreadsheets, especially

MS Excel.                                                                                            Essential

Ability and interest in continuing personal and professional

development                                                                                        Essential

Substantial experience in the use of computerised accounting

systems                                                                                                Essential         

Experience of SIMS FMS6 package                                                    Desirable

Experience of working in a school                                                        Desirable                                                       

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels whilst demonstrating

a flexible approach.                                                                               Essential

Excellent telephone manner and personal approach.                           Essential                            

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.                Essential                

Ability to maintain accurate records and filing systems.                        Essential                           

Understanding of good financial practice and procedures                    Essential                    

Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality for financial
and personal records.                                                                            Esential                                                                                      

Ability to work under pressure and organise workload to ensure
that deadlines are met.                                                                           Essential                                                                                  

Committed to follow the School Equal Opportunities policy                   Essential        

lAware of responsibilities in the areas of health and safety                    Essential