Part-time, Permanent

Deadline: ASAP


Job Title: Finance Lead 

Salary FTE: £29,492 pro rata (£14,746)

Contracted Hours: 17.5hrs / 2.5 days per week

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Employment term: Permanent (subject to 6 months probationary period) 

Location: Bristol-based at Babbasa Hub, Backfields House, Upper York Street, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8QJ – this role is office based. 

About Babbasa 

Babbasa is an award-winning, Bristol-based, social enterprise with a vision to create a world where all people are inspired and able to realise their employment and enterprise ambitions, irrespective of where they live, their nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality or faith. Babbasa realises its mission through its subsidiary enterprises and core programmes. 

Babbasa supports low-income and ethnic minority young people to prepare for the workplace as well as support employers to recruit diverse talent, develop cultural competencies and create inclusive work environments for all to thrive. The direct support for young people includes soft skills training, mentoring, and information and guidance support. The direct support for employers includes Recruitment, Inclusion Advisory Support, Cultural Competency Training, Research, Inclusion Needs Analysis and Onboarding Support. Over the next decade, Babbasa plans to grow its services to both young people and employers to respond to the pressing imperative to overcome the structural barriers to workforce inclusion and associated social inequalities in Bristol and beyond. 

Job Purpose 

We are looking for an experienced proactive finance professional to take on the role of Babbasa’s Finance Lead, to ensure efficient and effective financial management of the organisation’s overall finances that includes financial systems and processes. You will play a vital part in achieving our strategic goals by supporting the Head of Operations as well as working closely with the other Heads of Departments.


Core responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Operations, you will lead,  produce and deliver the following:

  • Adhering to financial regulations
  • Discrete finance projects that involve clear packages of work deliverable in specific time frames
  • Financial reports
  • Management accounts for Board / CEO and HoD
  • Budget planning
  • Coordinating the annual forecasting and budget process
  • Interpreting financial data
  • Helping budget holders understand financial accountability with how to monitor their own accounts
  • Driving continuous improvement through best practices

Person Specification (Must haves)

You have a robust understanding of end to end business finances gained through years of practical experience – You are highly numerate and have a demonstrable analytic approach.  You will be able to demonstrate that you can seek the necessary information to create percentage costs and allocations and how to reconcile income and expenditure.

You have experience and demonstrable understanding of finance problem solving – With at least 3 years of professional finance experience, you are able to demonstrate that you can risk plan and model scenarios with solutions, identify and be key in resolving finance issues and drive business improvement of our finance systems. Overall, you will have the aptitude to accommodate responding to what is often a complex and rapidly changing environment. 


Demonstrable understanding of how to work well with others – You develop and maintain excellent working relationships by working collaboratively with colleagues who are budget holders, proactively identifying finance knowledge gaps and helping them develop their own financial understandings with a view to them being accountable for their own budgets, eventually only needing to depend on you for steer and guidance.  You will also be the main collaborative point and contact with our partner Accountants, and have an understanding of processes involved in monthly and end of year accounts.  

Organised – You are very well-organised, have good attention to detail without significant reliance on others. By doing so, you manage your own time well and respect the time of others. You juggle multiple deadlines by working in a programmatic way and have a track-record of delivering on multiple tasks that may have competing deadlines. 

Effective and efficient – You are constantly reflecting on working practices and improving where necessary, this includes creating and or updating related policies. A completer-finisher – you are able to work to deadlines, take initiative and are proactive in your approach to work. You create change that benefits all and is aligned with organisational strategy.


IT knowledge – You have high level IT know-how of associated supporting IT finance packages, processes and further, how finance systems and information interconnect with one another.  You already have the ability to make technical system queries, create financial reporting formats, forecast and budget through your advanced experience of using accounting software such as Xero, Sage, QuickBooks and other tools such as Excel, or other business intelligence  tools – delivering on the above core responsibilities.

You’re aligned with our mission – You have lived experience and/or an understanding of the critical issues surrounding equity, inclusion and diversity, including structural issues around race and class, and how they impact young people with specific reference to their leadership and employability experiences. You believe that, with the right support, everyone has potential to achieve excellence, whatever that means for them. 



  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to use initiative and make decisions under pressure
  • Ability to understand and apply feedback on work performance 

Desirable (in the instance that we receive a high volume of applicants, you will have a more competitive edge if you also have) 

  • Finance experience within public sector organisations
  • Level 3 or above qualifications in Mathematics, Business Administration, Economics 
  • 3+ years CPD experience of Financial systems and processes 
  • Any chartered accountancy qualification at any level (CPA, CFA, ACCA)
  • Understanding of project management and associated processes.

Incentives and Benefits 


  • 31 days annual leave (including bank holidays) – pro rated from start date to end of business year
  • 3% employer pension contribution
  • Access to flexi-working arrangements
  • Access to Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Access to Medicash Scheme after successful completion of 6 month probationary period


Next Steps 

If you are interested in working with us, we would like you to note the following points below before applying:

  • The contract offered will be as a (PAYE) paid Babbasa employee, 2.5 days per week (you are very welcome of course, to take on other jobs consultancy or otherwise outside of this).
  • The interview will be in person at our offices in Bristol, we will not be conducting interviews online.
  • You will be expected to be present in office on our core days which are Tuesdays and Thursdays, though we may discuss a reasonable variation of this
  • The interview will take place in the form of a) a 20 minute task on the day; b) 40 mins of panel questions based on competency and technical abilities relevant to the role.
  • If you are happy to apply having considered the points above for this role, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit a one page cover letter specifically addressing how you match the person specification with your CV to


NOTE:  We are conducting rolling interviews for this post until we find the right candidate, please submit your application asap if you would like to be considered.