RSPB • Orkney Native Wildlife Project – Kirkwall Office

Finance Officer (Part-Time)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £21,622 – £23,987 per annum

4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project (ONWP) has an exciting opportunity for someone to join the project in their finance team. As the first stoat eradication project in Europe and the world's largest non-native species eradication attempted to date, this is a unique opportunity based in the Orkney islands.

The Project started in 2018 and is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, NatureScot and Orkney Islands Council, made possible by generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, EU LIFE, NRF, partners and donations. Its purpose is to work with local communities and landowners to implement an eradication operation to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney by addressing the threat from an invasive non-native predator: the stoat. Stoats threaten the Orkney vole, and many birds including hen harriers, short-eared owls, red-throated divers, waders, and seabirds. The project also implements measures to prevent the spread within and re-introduction of stoats to Orkney.

What is the role about?

As Finance Officer, you will be responsible for all finances relating to external funders, working with stakeholders, and to strict deadlines. You will have experience in the financial management of projects, be responsible for managing the budget in accordance with funder and RSPB requirements, ensuring all potential variances are documented correctly. You will have responsibility to provide financial reporting to funders and partners. You will have responsibility to purchase goods and services for the project and work within the procurement policy of RSPB, partners, and funders.

We need someone who is highly organised and has a good attention to detail. This role requires a collaborative approach, that combines the ability to adapt to changing priorities and under pressure, while working under your own initiative to achieve results and to tight deadlines.

Key activities/responsibilities:

  • Keeping an accurate and up-to-date budget
  • Management of financial administration
  • Preparation of financial reports for management, funders, and partners
  • Procurement of goods and services for the project in accordance with funder and partner procurement policies
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Able to deal with confidential and sensitive information appropriately
  • Recognise and minimise RSPB financial risk through monitoring project compliance with external grant conditions and taking action to improve systems and processes.
  • Use of Microsoft Office applications (especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Sharepoint)

Essential skills, qualifications and experience

  • Education at higher level or equivalent, or the ability to demonstrate work-related experience and evidence a high level of literacy.
  • Financial analysis skills
  • Experience of planning, creating, and evaluating financial reports
  • Experience of producing financial claims
  • Experience of working with complex budget information
  • Good working knowledge of excel spreadsheets
  • Ability to use Microsoft office including work, excel, PowerPoint and outlook
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Proven organisation and time management skills

Desirable experience:

  • Working with EU Life and National Lottery Heritage Funded projects

This is a part-time, fixed-term contract until 31st December 2024, for 15 hours per week. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 31st March 2023. For further information please get in touch with

As part of this application process, you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form, including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

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