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Awen Cultural Trust

Awen Cultural Trust is a registered charity with a wholly-owned subsidiary, Awen Trading Ltd, based in South Wales. Our purpose is to make people’s lives better.

For further information please visit our website: www.awen-wales.com

Ymddiriedolaeth Ddiwylliannol Awen

Mae Ymddiriedolaeth Ddiwylliannol Awen yn elusen restredig sydd yn berchen ar is-gwmni, y cwmni cyfyngedig Masnachu Awen, wedi ei lleoli yn Ne Cymru.

Am fwy o wybodaeth ewch i’n gwefan: www.awen-wales.com

This is a Kick Start Post and therefore you must meet the following criteria to apply:

– be aged between 18 – 24 years old

– be in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance

This is a great opportunity to join our finance team, learn new skills and play an important part in the support services at Awen. You will be required to assist in day to day finance activities with principle duties including purchase ledger and supplier payments.

There is potential of a full apprenticeship for the right candidate.

  • Process sales invoices and credit notes, updating ledgers and maintaining customer accounts in a timely manner

  • Ensure customer statements are sent out, up to date and contain the correct information in line with working procedures

  • Process all supplier invoices in a timely manner so that the monthly management accounts have accurate information.

  • Schedule supplier payments and meeting those deadlines set, dealing with supplier enquiries, including the management of related BACS processes.

  • Ensure any ad hoc payments requested are entered on the bank GL in Awen’s Financial Software.

  • Record any money received by cheque/cash in Awen’s Financial Software and carryout all associated tasks in line with procedural deadlines.

  • Ensure month end duties are completed within agreed deadlines – including but not limited to – debtor & creditor checks, franking machine report and financial system entry to P&L on usage.

  • Update prices and cost of sales information into the Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) System at Bryngarw, providing advice to staff where required and liaising with EPOS provider to resolve matters. Undertake general administrative tasks including but not limited to managing the accounts email inbox responding to queries or escalating where necessary and filing paperwork in line with filing guidelines.

  • Undertake general administrative tasks including but not limited to managing the accounts email inbox.

  • Provide scheduled and ad-hoc reports on financial processing using Awen’s financial software.

  • Assist with internal audits in the organisation and monitoring compliance with internal financial controls.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for your own safety and that of other staff and any member of the public who may be affected by your acts and omissions at work.
  • Participate in any training and development activities to maintain own development or to enhance competence within job role.
  • Uphold and integrate our purpose and values in all that you do.
  • Ensuring that activities are completed in accordance with Awen’s commitment to equalities and diversity and in line with best practice and legislation.
  • This is not a complete statement of all duties and responsibilities comprising this post, which may have to be varied to meet the changing needs of the Trust.


6-month Kickstart Placement


37 hours per week


Up to £17,189


Bryngarw House

Accountable to:

Management Accountant / Head of Finance

Closing date for applications:

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Conditions of your appointment

Medical Clearance: Any offer of appointment is subject to medical clearance.

References: Two satisfactory references of which one should be your last employer. Where possible, both should be from previous employers.

Eligibility to work in the UK: All candidates are required to meet the right to work checks as set out by the UK government. Further information can be obtained from Work in the UK – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Person Specification

Essential criteria are indicated as (E)

The Person

  • Innovative thinker with a solutions-based approach (E)

  • Flexible and proactive approach and attitude (E)

  • Enthusiasm and drive to make things happen (E)

  • Set high standards of performance for self and others in meeting internal and external customer expectations (E) 

  • Solutions focused and able to concentrate on achieving priorities

  • Forward thinking and able to contribute to the development of Awen

  • Committed to providing excellent customer service

  • Responds positively to new opportunities and projects

  • Contributes to the ethos of continuous improvement

  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to Awen’s purpose and values

Qualifications, Skills, Abilities and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s (Grade a – c) including Mathematics and English or equivalent/be able to demonstrate through competence (E)

  • Studying towards or willing to study towards AAT Qualification (E)

  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a key member of a team (E)

  • Ability to work in a multi-faceted role and deliver outcomes to tight deadlines (E)

  • Good verbal and written communication skills (E)

  • Good time management and ability to follow instructions (E)

  • Strong administration skills with a methodical approach and attention to detail (E)

  • Excellent ICT skills including Microsoft 365 and Excel (E)

  • Ability to deal carefully with sensitive and confidential information (E)

  • Excellent numeracy skills including collation and reporting of detailed financial data/reporting (E)

  • A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle for work purposes

  • Ability to speak Welsh

  • Experience of bank and project reconciliation

  • Formal ICT qualification or ability to demonstrate competence through experience

At Awen you will have the opportunity to share ideas, contribute to the development of the organisation and help shape a culture of creativity, empowerment, and continuous improvement.

We are committed to an organisational culture that values people from all backgrounds. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, or other category protected by law.

As Disability Confident Employer we are committed to interviewing all disabled applicants that meet the essential criteria for the post. In addition, we will make reasonable adjustments and make our process accessible to all.

People are at the heart of everything we do and that includes our staff, whether that’s promoting flexible working opportunities and policies, supporting your health and welfare or developing our inclusive working practice, you are what make’s Awen a success and it’s important to us that you play your part and enjoy working with us.

You will have access to a number of staff benefits including a free parking pass for Bryngarw Country Park, 20% discount at our café’s, 10% discount on purchases at Bleaf and WoodB, as well as discounted leisure access and 2 pantomime tickets at Christmas.

We would love to hear from you, to apply please complete our online application form and if you need another accessible format get in touch by emailing support@awen-wales.com or call 01656 754825.

*Please note that on submissioin of your application you will receive an email asking you to complete an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion questionnaire. Please check your spam and junk folders. It is neccesary to submit this questionnaire to complete your application.

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