Finance Officer – Swindon & Wiltshire Local Employment Partnership Ltd (SWLEP)

Full Time, Permanent Role

Salary £26,000 to £30,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience           

Office base:  Digital Mansion, Corsham

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance Officer to join our team.  SWLEP is a private-sector led partnership which sets the economic priorities for Swindon and Wiltshire and facilitates projects to accelerate economic growth and job creation in the area.

The Finance Officer will provide a high quality finance function, drawing on previous experience in finance and a thorough knowledge of accounting principles and financial control. 

The Finance Officer will provide financial reporting and management information, and support the preparation of annual accounts and the audit preparation process.  You will have a methodical approach with a good attention to detail along with advanced Excel skills, including  pivot tables. Your communication skills, both written and oral, will need to be strong, as you will be liaising with our internal and external stakeholders and ensuring that the SWLEP Board is provided with clear and accurate financial and accounting information.

As you will be working with public sector grants and income, you will possess a good knowledge and experience of public sector finances.

The Finance Officer will ensure the  day to day financial processes run smoothly using the SWLEP’s cloud-based software tool, therefore it is essential to have experience of accounting software, ideally Xero.

You will be responsible for the monthly payroll and expense claim processes, delivered in an accurately and  timely way.  Knowledge and experience of all payroll-related matters is essential.  An ability to manage deadlines combined with a meticulous eye is important – you need to be the kind of person who can prioritise tasks. 

Whatever the SWLEP achieves, it does so through the efforts of the people who work for the business and through the relationships we forge with other organisations.  We want every team member to thrive and actively support career progression.  Therefore, as well as being part of the SWLEP team, you will receive support and development from the wider SWLEP team. 

In the early stages of the role, you will be required to work from home due to the Covid-19 situation. As things start to get back to normal, you will be working from the Digital Mansion in Corsham.

If this sounds like your ideal next job, or you would like further information, please visit our website where you can download a full job description and person specification.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter explaining what attracts you to the role and why you would be an ideal candidate by email to [email protected]. Closing date for applications is Sunday 11th July 2021.

To comply with social distancing, interviews will be taking place by video call (Zoom or Teams). Interviews will take place on 19th and 20th July 2021. We will notify short-listed candidates by no later than 15th July 2021. Due to anticipated the volume of applications, we unfortunately do not have the resources to respond to candidates who have not been selected for interview. 

SWLEP is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible applicants regardless of their personal circumstances. We make our recruiting decisions solely based on the skillset and experience. Diversity allows us to create an inclusive environment, where our employees can strive and grow their potential.


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The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is recruiting local business leaders for a role on its Board of Directors.  If you think you may be interested in such a role, please read below.

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is looking for local business leaders to join its Board to increase its strategic leadership capacity and support its activities in growing the local economy. 

The SWLEP is keen for its board to reflect Swindon and Wiltshire’s diversity and so welcomes applications from everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.  We are particularly keen to hear from women and people who are BAME.

We are embarking on an exciting period of change and opportunities and have recently incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee.  Working in partnership with local businesses and Government, we are developing our Local Industrial Strategy.  This will set out to Government how Swindon & Wiltshire can help the UK lead the global technology revolution by tackling the four Grand Challenges facing the country.  Our Local Industrial Strategy will focus on future-oriented, productive business sectors which are embracing technology and are offering the prospect of a growth in high-value jobs.

The SWLEP Board membership is voluntary; with claimable expenses and last for an initial period of three years. Successful candidates will need to make a commitment to dedicate approximately two working days per month to cover regular Board meetings and working groups. 

To arrange to have an informal conversation about the role with the SWLEP Director or Chairman, please email [email protected]

How To Apply

Please send your cv with a covering letter, or simply register your interest, by sending an email to [email protected] .

For a better understanding of the SWLEP and the responsibilities of the role a prospectus is available for download here.  

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