Job Opportunity: Finance & Administration Assistant


Opus is a not-for-profit social enterprise looking to recruit a finance and administration assistant to join its team. This role manages and processes all of the company’s financial transactions as well as forecasting and budget management.

Basic Information

  • Salary: £9.50 per hour. Opus roles track the National Living Wage. 
  • Hours: 1-2 days per week.
  • Benefits: Pension Scheme, company contribution towards phone bill, flexible working hours (dependent on negotiation).
  • Opus does not discriminate against people who are members of a Trade Union.
  • This role does not make use of the DWP’s Access to Work funding.
  • Degree level education is not a requirement for this role.
  • This role will initially be fulfilled remotely, with scope to work flexibly from home and at our Sheffield office from October. However, our office does not have level access or disabled toilet facilities.

How To Apply

  • Email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are suited to this role to by 23rd September 2021.
  • The cover letter should be no longer than 500 words.
  • If you wish, you may submit the cover letter as a voice recording or video.
  • You will need to demonstrate that you have the right to work in the UK.
  • If your application is successful, you will need to provide two references.
  • If your application is successful, you will not need to undergo a health check before starting work.
  • Your data will be stored in accordance with GDPR regulations.


  • Interviews will take place on the week beginning 30th September 2021 at our office at 71 Hill Street, Sheffield, S2 4SP.
  • Expected start date for the role is 28th October 2021.

Essential Skills

  • Experience of at least two years working in finance and administration.
  • Experience of forecasting, budgeting, and creating management accounts. 
  • Experience managing multiple project budgets alongside company-wide budgets.
  • Good working knowledge of Excel, Google Suite, Xero.
  • Knowledge of Payroll and Employment Practice Regulations (including job retention, parental leave, sick pay).
  • Able to work in an organised and time-efficient manner.
  • Experience of working in a small team.
  • Confident being self initiated and working independently.

Desirable Skills

  • Confidence working with Xero.
  • Knowledge of Social Justice, Arts and Activism Sectors.
  • Experience of project management.
  • Experience analysing financial information. 
  • Confidence improving and developing new systems for financial reporting and analysis.
  • Experience of working with VAT within small organisations.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Process and pay invoices received, expenses, payroll and any other outgoing payments.
  • Bank reconciliation.
  • Liaise with Directors and Accountants to prepare figures for monthly payroll.
  • Track and report on staff annual leave and overtime.
  • File and post orders and subscriptions.
  • Monitor and manage cashflow.
  • Update and report on Management Accounts.
  • Performing regular financial analysis and reporting to Directors.
  • Liaise with Accountant to prepare monthly and annual formal accounts.
  • Work with staff to develop financial modelling for future projects.
  • Track and report on project budgets and restricted funding.

What is Opus?

Opus is a not-for-profit social enterprise working in culture, politics and the arts to support ‘upstream’ solutions to social, political, economic and environmental concerns. 

We create platforms for independent information and communication which amplify voices within the local economy, voluntary, community and campaign sectors. We support active citizenship and community participation. 

Our core projects are Now Then Magazine, the Now Then App, Festival of Debate, Wordlife, Opus Distribution and UBI Lab Network.

Opus believes we can live in a place where everyone works to make things better for each other. ‘Better’ to us means fair, diverse, accessible, independent and heard.

We work with a cross-section of independent, community and voluntary sector organisations whilst directly reaching over 150,000 people a year through live events, broadcasting and publishing in Sheffield and beyond.

We are passionate about supporting ‘upstream’ solutions to social, political, economic and environmental concerns. We recognise that this is a long-term and systemic approach to social change — that’s why we create platforms which champion social causes, independent businesses, not-for-profits, emerging talent, active citizenship and community participation.

Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Diversity in our workforce is a priority for Opus. As well as the clear moral imperative of properly reflecting our city’s make-up, diversity in our team improves how we work, how we ‘frame’ problems and their possible solutions, and how we interact with stakeholders and audiences.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. In particular, we encourage people who are currently underrepresented at Opus to apply – people of colour, people with a disability, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.



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