• Salary range: £25,000 – £28,000 p.a full time
  • Working hours up to full time (negotiable)
  • Based in Liverpool City Region (flexible working available on request)

About the Role

We are looking for a Finance and Governance Officer to support Kindred LCR CIC to grow socially-trading
organisations (STOs) within the social economy of Liverpool City Regions (LCR).

Kindred is a recently established Community Interest Company (CIC), based in LCR to invest in the social
economy in a new way that is creative and entrepreneurial. STOs are businesses that deliver social benefits
AND trade commercially, with social purpose at their heart. Kindred exists to do things differently, supporting
STOs with both time and money.

Kindred connects, supports, and harnesses local entrepreneurialism for social good. It was created to grow
the socially-trading economy in LCR and is owned locally and collectively, reinvesting money, space and our
collective learning. We work collaboratively with and for LCR’s 500+ STOs from the social economy to enable
them to grow their social impact, working with LCR Combined Authority and Power to Change as partner
investors, to make LCR the most inclusive economy in the country.

Kindred is now looking for a Finance and Governance Officer with administration and project coordination experience to support its Director and Delivery Director, Board of Directors, collaborators and LCR’s STO community. The successful candidate will be a positive self-starter with the ability to work independently and a commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

About Kindred

The idea for Kindred took shape in 2019 and was fast-tracked at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic
to support LCR’s STOs. As a result, we have engaged more than 500 STOs and would-be social
entrepreneurs and are currently finalising our first round of investment. Some 20+ STOs are our first
cohort receiving investment from Kindred this year to grow the impact of their work in the
community. An Interim Board with an Interim Independent Chair have successfully brought us this
far since summer 2020, delivered by a community of contractors and via in-kind support from
Power to Change, backed by the LCR Combined Authority.

Kindred is community-owned, and everything we do is co-created by the STOs we work for and

Kindred Finance and Governance Officer

Kindred’s values are:

  • Social impact
  • Collectivism
  • Co-creation and collaboration

Our priorities are:

  • to provide a combination of financial and non-financial support to STOs to enable their growth and greater social and economic impact in LCR.
  • to actively engage local individuals and communities who have ideas to generate community wealth. Some of these may not yet have established an STO – and may not consider themselves to be entrepreneurs – particularly in deprived areas.
  • to support meanwhile uses and the long-term transfer of assets to STOs, which can kickstart regeneration, contributing to placemaking as part of LCR’s spatial strategy.

Finance and Governance Officer Job Description & Person Specification

You will be the Finance and Governance Officer for Kindred LCR CIC, supporting Kindred’s Director as
a small staff team of two alongside the Delivery Director and Board – with the aim of growing sociallytrading
organisations (STOs) within the social economy of Liverpool City Region (LCR).

Job Description

Financial Processes

  • To be responsible for managing all the financial aspects of Kindred-LCR
  • To lead on the reporting requirements to funders, compiling data and presenting the reports
  • Leading on the financial management policy and procedures and ensuring that all aspects of the policy are up to date, followed and implemented
  • Report on a regular basis to the Finance subcommittee, taking minutes, recording and delivering actions and ensuring that the committee is working effectively
  • Prepare financial information on a regular basis for management team and Board of Directors
  • Managing the balance sheets including review of all reconciliations
  • Assist in the production of annual returns
  • Ensure payroll and related reconciliations are met within required deadlines
  • Ensure transactions are accurately completed and up to date
  • Manage month end tasks and data cleanse/management when necessary
  • Processing invoices and STO payments – coordinating approval and authorisation of expenditure via online banking system
  • Track Kindred’s expenditure against budget and to track STO payments and repayments
  • Manage contractor budgets, ensuring spend is within agreed limits
  • Operate Xero to manage Kindred accounts, conducting bank reconciliations, and budget v actual information is up to date
  • Work with appointed accountants to coordinate the financial audit processes

Governance and Compliance

  • Supporting the Kindred Director to ensure organisational compliance and governance, e.g. tracking organisational policies, flagging when these require review, and ensuring changes made to them are incorporated
  • Board coordination including scheduling meetings, formatting, and distributing papers, taking minutes, and tracking actions
  • Support with the procurement processes and liaising with suppliers and monitoring contracting arrangements.
  • Information and data management – e.g. Sharepoint, membership database, stakeholder and STO database/contacts
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of Kindred, including recording and impact measures and coordinating submission of quarterly monitoring and evaluation reports, and quarterly financial claims to funders

Organisational Administration

  • Liaising with the delivery team to ensure Kindred’s organisational setup and back-office processes effectively support delivery
  • Effectively administer the support for delivery team when required e.g. STO money panels and processes: support on scheduling, minute-taking, anti-money laundering checks and due diligence and STO contracts and agreements
  • Support the Kindred Director to ensure that all organisational processes are in place and utilise effectively
  • Supporting the Kindred Director, Delivery Director and delivery team to ensure good internal communications and collaboration, e.g. scheduling meetings, taking minutes, sharing information

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive and we
would be pleased to discuss any constructive comments you may have. Because of the evolving
nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change. You may
be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

Person Specification

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Understanding and experience of financial processes, including experience of processing invoices, co-ordinating expenditure and basic reporting on financial activity
  • An intermediate accounting qualification (ATT) or working towards
  • Experience using Xero accounting software
  • Organisational information and data management
  • An understanding of the social economy and its benefits
  • Social investment, funding and/or grant making administration
  • Effective administration skills, including supporting senior staff to ensure organisational compliance and good governance, including minute taking
  • Administration and diary management support to a Board of Directors and/or a Senior Management team

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Social impact reporting, social finance/grant administration or equivalent experience in a grant-making, social investment, voluntary sector, academic or policy field
  • Evaluation and research
  • GDPR compliance policy
  • Project management and delivery
  • Supporting senior staff with community development and wealth building, social investment and/or grant-making policy
  • Reporting to and liaison with investors, stakeholders and/or funders
  • Supporting senior staff with income generation and/or securing investment for social purpose and/or economic growth
  • Experience of working within a politically aware environment, managing conflicts of interest
  • Experience of supporting the delivery of social and/or economic impact
  • Procurement practice
  • Essential Attributes
  • Commitment to the social economy and STOs
  • Commitment to partnership and collaborative working
  • Will uphold Kindred’s values
  • Strong attention to detail skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, impartial, fair and respects confidences
  • Openness and transparency
  • Commitment to EDI
  • A self-starter and ability to use own initiative

Desirable Attributes

  • Invites and ensures diversity of thinking and representation in an organisation and forums
  • Commitment to social change through collaboration
  • Lived experience that relates to the work and missions of STOs
  • Ability to challenge constructively and respectfully

Kindred aims for its Board and staff to have lived experience of the community of interest it serves,
and is keen to reflect its values of equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from
people from all sections of the community, different backgrounds and a variety of sectors, and are
particularly interested in lived experience of financial exclusion and addressing this.

Terms and Conditions of Appointment

The role is available up to full time (35hrs a week), though this is negotiable. For the candidate with
the best fit for Kindred, we can be flexible and open to your ways of working. We are looking for
someone who is committed to and has a presence in Liverpool City Region (LCR).

We are committed to supporting you in this role to develop and play to your strengths, inviting you
to openly share your development needs for the role.

Kindred currently has a base in the Baltic Creative in Liverpool. You will work with the Kindred Director to plan
your work both at the team office and virtually aligned with business need.

The role is expected to start from Spring/Summer 2022, followed by an induction to Kindred and
the Kindred Community.

The role is up to full time and the full-time equivalent salary is £25,000 – £28,000 p.a.

Recruitment Information
Recruitment Timetable

  • Deadline for applications: 12 noon on 19th May 2022
  • Interviews: Week commencing 23rd May 2022
  • Decision and appointment: Week commencing 30th May 2022

How to Apply
Please provide a written statement or covering letter of up to two pages and an up-to-date CV of
up to two to three pages, and send by email to workwithus@kindred-lcr.co.uk by 12pm on 19th May

We look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any queries, please contact info@kindred-lcr.co.uk