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Finance Assistant

Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
Hybrid working from our innovation hub at Cheadle Hulme and home
£22,500 per annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2022

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Corporate Services, Finance
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP
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Job Details

Are you looking to start a career in finance? Or perhaps you’ve got some experience but you’re looking to develop your skills and gain some exposure to other areas within finance? If so, this could be the perfect role for you!

Here at Astraline, we’re now looking for a Finance Assistant to join us. This is a great opportunity to stamp your mark on a newly formed subsidiary and influence the Astraline finance activities in a range of day-to-day tasks.

Astraline, part of Johnnie Johnson Housing, supports thousands of people across the UK to stay safe and live independently in their own home. We work in partnership with healthcare professionals, local authorities, housing associations and health and social care providers to deliver efficient and person-centred care for their customers and are constantly growing and offering our service to even more people who need us.

As our Finance Assistant, you’ll be predominantly supporting the Finance Director with various month end transactions, ensuring robust controls are maintained and operational measures are met for both the debtors and creditors ledgers. You’ll assist with bank postings and bank reconciliations, ensuring debts are paid on time and for keeping the ledger clean. Once you’ve got to grips with this, we’d also like you to help with improving the controls around payables and receivables and assist with cash flow reporting on a regular basis.

So now you’ve heard a bit about the role, let us tell you a bit about the team! It’s important to know who you might be working with, right?

Our Team

You will report directly into the Finance Director of Astraline but sit within the wider Finance Team for Johnnie Johnson Housing. You’ll be working in our lovely, modern new office for two to three days per week and also from home, we’re quite flexible once you’re up to speed with things. As well as providing support to the organisation, we support each other too. We work incredibly hard, but we also like to have fun and you’ll often finding us catching up outside of work.

About You

Some experience is desirable, but not essential – what’s more important is that you are driven, enthusiastic and have a genuine desire to learn. We’d like you to be a strong communicator with good organisational skills and be able to work flexibly within a team environment to meet strict deadlines. Good IT skills including some exposure to Microsoft packages, particularly Excel are a pre-requisite.

And the benefits of working for us?

We’ve adopted a completely agile way of working too. As long as our residents and customers are put first, we’ll also give you a degree of flexibility using our ‘My Lifestyle’ guidelines, meaning you can attend the important things in life. So, whether you’ve got a gym class you’d love to attend, your child’s school play or maybe it’s just that you’ve got a new fridge being delivered, we will work with you to be flexible!

We also offer a fantastic holiday allowance of 33 days per annum (including statutory holidays) which rises to 38 days after 5 years’ service (pro-rata for fixed term contracts). We can offer you a 35-hour working week, an enhanced 5% employer contribution pension scheme and a recognition scheme with both financial and non-financial rewards such as gift vouchers, early finishes or even a later start! There’s loads more fantastic benefits too – you can find out more about these on our careers site!

About us

We are a small but growing provider of telephone enabled care to over 50,000 individuals. We are part of a not for profit housing association, housing over 8,000 residents across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Our vision Living Longer, Living Better is simply about helping people age well and live independently for longer.


Blue Octopus partners with employers from a multitude of different sectors and industries, using our next generation technology and recruitment expertise to help attract, engage and hire the best talent for their unique career opportunities. We know that having the right people in place is crucial to every business’ current and future successes, regardless of the area they operate in.

Over the last decade, our experience has allowed us to specialise in several sectors, including social housing.

Blue Octopus has a strong history of working with social housing providers to help them hire the best talent and improve their talent management processes. This experience, coupled with knowledge developed over time, has allowed us to fully understand both the market itself and the skills required within the sector. We understand that operating at a high standard, efficiently and cost-effectively, is vital for our clients in the Social Housing sector, who provide a much-needed service for their tenants.

Find Us
Octo House, 2 Station Road
West Yorkshire
LS21 3HX
United Kingdom
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