Operational Accountant


Liverpool, London


About the job


The Charity Commission has set out our ambitious five-year strategy, being clear that we will be driven by our purpose to ensure that charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society. Our purpose is bold, confident, and so is our proud commitment to represent the public interest.

The Charity Commission regulates 168,000 charities across England and Wales ensuring that they work within a legal framework thus building public confidence that the £10bn generously donated is put to good use.

The role of the Legal & Accountancy Services Directorate is to provide specialist legal and accountancy services to the Commission in the areas of charity and public law, regulation, and accounts and to contribute to the development of charity law and regulatory practice. We aim to provide clear, consistent, and pragmatic legal and accountancy advice and information, interpreting the law, regulation and accountancy standards in a modern context and assisting in its development.

The Directorate is primarily responsible for providing authoritative legal and accountancy advice to the other directorates in the Commission, to assist with their functions and find legal solutions to deliver the Commission's statutory and strategic objectives.


Job description

The Accountancy team focusses on and is committed to enabling and facilitating appropriate, proportionate, and evidentially sound decisions to be taken by the business and setting out associated risks. In addition, the Accountancy team leads on themed reviews relating to charity finances arising out of the Commission's tasking and co-ordination, as well as leading on policy proposals with a significant Accountancy element and advising on projects within the business.

Working in a close-knit team of 17, the role-holder will improve and drive regulatory outcomes and enhance our credibility through their expert accountancy interventions in casework and through pro-actively identifying risks and fulfilling financial training needs of colleagues across the Commission.


• To provide dedicated forensic/investigative and general advisory accountancy support to operational case officers working within a multidisciplinary team of investigators, case officers and lawyers.

• To assess and deal proportionately and effectively with accounting or financial concerns and abuse within charities including concerns relating to terrorist financing, money laundering, potential instances of fraud, other potential instances of criminality, poor financial management and governance.

• Responsible for leading on the technical accountancy advice on a portfolio of cases that present the highest risk. Advice will include complex financial analysis not limited to, the review of statutory financial statements, external scrutiny reports, bank statements, ledgers, cash flows and other charity records. Some of this work will be carried out at Charity premises.

• Autonomy to make decisions using professional judgement to ensure that the advice is accurate, targeted to scope and takes account of risk. Technical advice will be in line with UK GAAP, Charity Law and the Charity Accounting and Reporting Framework.

• Responsible for sharing knowledge both within and outside the directorate striving to improve the service. This will include developing and delivering training to the business as subject matter expert.

• To assist law enforcement or other agencies by providing witness statements and providing witness evidence

• To support continuous improvement in accountancy casework practice and guidance through spotting and filling gaps in both

• To represent Accountancy Services either internally as a Subject Matter Expert on corporate projects and induction programmes or occasionally externally at conferences or sector meetings.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


This is your chance to make a contribution that really matters and to make an impact in an organisation where your voice will be heard and your hard work noticed.

As well as a generous Civil Service pension scheme and a flexible, family-friendly environment, you can look forward to other great benefits via our ‘Perkbox’ scheme. These include everything from an interest-free season ticket loan and bicycle loan after two months to discounts on gym membership, cinema tickets and restaurants.

We offer 25 days leave rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service and previous service with another government department will be recognised for this purpose.’

Any move to the Charity Commission from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

Apply now!