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About Our Work:

Current studio provision supports the careers of around 800 artist and makers, 23 arts organisations and 31 creative businesses. We have facilitated the regeneration of many deprived communities across Scotland. To date we have raised c. £27million to invest in buildings for creative use across Scotland. We redevelop redundant, historic buildings into beautiful facilities for artists and makers, attracting jobs and improving the physical appearance of local communities.

We now own approximately two thirds of our property portfolio, securing permanent studios for a wide range of artists and makers. In the past 18 months we have delivered new studio buildings in Orkney and Nairn, and a live- work residency facility in Skye.

The Future:

In recent years we have been using our expertise in the property sector to provide workspaces for creative businesses alongside artists in creative hubs, with the profit from this venture being reinvested back into our charitable work. This growth in scale has enabled us to become a fully self-financing charity and social enterprise and we have won many awards over the years to reflect this successful approach.

As a growing organisation we are also now account managed by both Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Wasps is now working to deliver creative hubs in Scotland’s smaller cities – Inverness and Perth - and to complete the redevelopment of the Briggait in Glasgow as the Briggait Creation Centre, Scotland’s first creation centre and the UK’s largest.


Current Vacancies:


Role: Management Accountant

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

Salary: circa £33,000

Job Description
Reporting to the Executive Director – Corporate Services the Management Accountant is a key member of the Wasps finance team. The primary purpose of the role is the provision of management account support for the 3 group entities (Wasps Trust, Wasps Ltd and Wasps Creative Industries CIC). The group has an annual turnover of approx. £1.9m and around 30,000 SAGE transactions per year. The role has line management responsibility for the Finance Assistant.

The duties of the post will include:
Financial Reporting:
 Assist the Executive Director – Corporate Services in preparing annual accounts and liaising with external auditors.
 Assist the Executive Director – Corporate Services in preparing the annual budget.
 Work closely with the Executive Director – Corporate Services and budget holders to assist in the production of quarterly management accounts, reports and KPI analysis.
 Prepare monthly and ad hoc management information.
Management Accounting:
 Manage the recharges to tenants of monthly service charges.
 Assist the Executive Director – Corporate Services with capital appraisals and capital cash flow forecasts.
 Maintain the rent roll for approximately 600 studios and offices, update for monthly changes and manage collection of rents due.
Nominal Ledger:
 Maintenance of the nominal ledger including reconciliation of account balances at period end.
Cash Management:
 Management of cash balances including bank reconciliations.
 Authorisation of invoices and management of creditor payments in line with approved authorisation levels.
 Management of debtors to include reporting and chasing rent arrears.
 Assist in the preparation of grant funding draw down reports.
 Reconciliation of monthly deposits held for tenants.
Salaries & Staff Management:
 Assist in the preparation of the monthly salaries and in particular hourly paid staff.
 Manage the workload of the Finance Assistant who will report directly to the Management Accountant.
 Maintain accurate financial records using manual and computerised systems.
 Dealing with staff expenses and petty cash.
 Liaising with the company’s auditors, bankers, external consultants, local authorities, board members and funding bodies, and attending Sub-committee meetings, as required.
 Other duties as instructed by the Executive Directors.

Essential Skills:
1. ACCA/CIMA/ICAS qualified or equivalent
2. Previous management accountant experience in a similar role within a charity or Social Enterprise.
3. Ability to efficiently manage your workload and prioritise as appropriate to meet targets and deadlines.
4. Excellent interpersonal skills
5. IT Skills – Microsoft Office, in particular Excel (Advanced, including PIVOT tables and VLOOKUP’s) and Word
6. Excellent knowledge of SAGE accounting software
7. Excellent problem solving skills
8. Excellent communication skills (both oral and written), with the ability to communicate complex information with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders in a format appropriate to each
9. Excellent administrative and organisational skills with the ability to develop comprehensive systems and procedures
10. Ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders, collaboratively and in a team-oriented way

Desirable Skills:
1. Experience of dealing with multiple geographical sites
2. Experience of dealing with collection of debtors via Direct Debit
3. Experience of preparing group accounts
4. Experience working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM system.


To apply please send a copy of your CV along with a covering letter outlining why you consider yourself suitable for this position. Please include contact names, phone numbers and email addresses for 2 referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.
Applications should be submitted by no later than 5pm on Friday 23 June, by email to:
Stuart McCue-Dick (Executive Director – Corporate Services) – stuart@waspsstudios.org.uk
Submissions should be titled: Private and Confidential ‐ Job Application

For initial discussions regarding the role please call Stuart McCue-Dick, Executive Director –Corporate Services on 0141 553 5890.

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