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Finance Manager (UK)

Proforest Group is seeking an experienced finance manager to join its dynamic finance team to lead on the financial management of its UK commercial company and to provide support to the group.

About Proforest

Proforest is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation with global presence that has established itself as a leader in the development and implementation of sustainable production and responsible sourcing. We have many years’ experience working on sustainability in the forests, oil palm, soy, sugarcane, rubber and beef sectors at a range of scales that includes smallholders, communities and forest-dependent people through to multinational businesses.

The Proforest Group is particularly interesting as it is made up of a UK commercial company, a UK-registered charity together with companies and associations in Ghana, Malaysia, Brazil and Colombia. As a result, the finance teams work across commercial company and charity accounting and interacts with other regional offices in Africa, Asia and South America to promote good financial management.

Position summary

This position is an exciting opportunity to take on a management role within the Proforest finance team to support, maintain and improve Proforest’s financial systems and controls. The role will specifically focus on Proforest UK Ltd (the commercial arm).  Based at the group’s headquarters in Oxford, the post will involve interacting with all staff and working directly with finance team members to ensure a high level of operational delivery of financial activities.



Manage all financial and reporting aspects of Proforest UK Ltd:

  • Take ownership of full financials of the accounts (including balance sheet and profit and loss account) by maintaining the integrity of data within the ledgers, approving adjustments, reviewing and/or performing bank, cash and other balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Perform Inter-company invoicing (to include the preparation of workings to support the charges and netting where relevant
  • Oversee banking by instructing and/or authorising payments and dealing with bank queries, together with limited treasury management on FX exposure and cashflow
  • Support with financial planning by coordinating entity annual planning and cashflow forecast
  • Support with financial reporting by ensuring accurate and timely generation and publication of monthly management accounts.
  • Support with financial review by conducting regular reviews with budget holders to ensure the spending is in accordance with the plan
  • Support with financial project management by reviewing actuals vs forecast and taking necessary action to ensure actuals are as accurate as possible.
  • Oversee timely submission of Group VAT returns
  • Oversee year-end audit and co-ordinate statutory reporting
  • Develop, update and implement financial procedures and identify areas of improvement in existing processes and systems
  • Assist with providing operational oversight and direct support to the finance team
  • Perform other related duties as required


Qualifications, Experience, Qualities

Essential Qualifications, Experience, Skills:

  • Fully qualified with UK recognised accounting body (ACA/CIMA/ACCA)
  • At minimum three years relevant work experience
  • Experience in all aspects of financial accounting including: Systems (SAGE Line 50) and advanced Excel
  • Proven track record on expanding the use of accounting systems and improving and developing reporting within
  • Strong sense of responsibility including high level of accuracy, attention to detail, excellent time-management, problem solving and organisational abilities
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills, as well as a proven ability to operate in a confidential environment
  • Excellent communication skills in a variety of settings (formal/informal, financial and non-financial)


Highly desirable:

  • Practical experience working in an international profit and non profit environment and involvement with annual statutory audits
  • FX Management
  • Experience in financial budgeting, planning and reporting



Salary:  GBP 37,000 – 43,000 (depending on experience)


To apply

Send your CV and a cover letter with no more than two pages each and confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK to

Application Deadline: Monday 27th January 2020.


Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.

Posting Summary


Download the job description for the Finance Manager here.

To Apply

Send your CV, and a cover letter to by Mon 27th January 2020