Assistant Accountant


Job Description


Apply by
Tuesday 22 September 2020
Tuesday 29 or Wednesday 30 September 2020
Circa £25k FTE (Part time, 28 hours a week)

Bishopsgate Institute is a home for ideas and debate, learning, and enquiry. We are a small, fiercely independent charity with our own extraordinary premises at the crossroads of the City, Spitalfields and the East End, where culture, heritage, and learning meet. Bishopsgate Institute was "erected for the benefit of the public" in 1894, with the motto "I never stop learning". Our purpose has not changed.

The finance team consists of the Finance Manager and the Assistant Accountant. Our Assistant Accountant will be a vital part of the team.


  • Accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Banking
  • Maintaining suppliers
  • Getting approval for invoices
  • Processing payments
  • Reconciling and recording income from our two main income systems
  • Helping with credit control
  • Assisting with budgets
  • Assisting with payroll and pension
  • Help with month end processes.

What we are looking for

  • AAT Level 2 or 3, or qualified by experience
  • Knowledge/experience of using accounting software
  • Experience of working with purchase ledger, sales ledger and banking
  • Great communication and a collaborative working style
  • A proactive approach with the willingness and ability to make effective decisions using own initiative
  • Demonstrable skill in effective planning and prioritisation of workload to meet deadlines working flexibly if required
  • Excellent attention to detail delivering a high level of accuracy
  • First class written and verbal communication skills in English and a proactive approach to internal communication

The role offers scope for learning and development in financial management, particularly charity finances. We champion creativity, and although we cannot be creative in accounting, we do encourage you to use your creativity in other parts of the organisation.

Application deadline: 22 September 2020

First interviews will be held online: 29 or 30 September 2020

Successful applicants will demonstrate a keen understanding of Bishopsgate Institute’s unique offer, and a passion for the work we do here. Please note we only accept application forms, CV’s will not be accepted.

We value and celebrate diversity, and we welcome applications from under-represented communities in our sector, including Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities, LGBTQ+, non-binary, neurodiverse and disabled candidates. We want to make sure we represent the society in which we work but recognise that the cultural sector still has much work to do in this area. If you have any questions on our hiring process or inclusivity policies, please contact us via

How to apply

Please go through the documents attached here and submit your application to before 22 September 2020.