Treasurer Trustee - Manchester Central Food Bank

Treasurer Trustee - Manchester Central Food Bank

At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Manchester, M13 9GH
Mainly at home


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
The finance committee and trustee board both meet every 4-6 weeks. Approximately 1-2 hours per meeting + time given to treasurer responsibilities/


29 Mar 2024

Manchester Central Foodbank are a small but rapidly-growing charity at a pivotal moment in our evolution, and we are looking for an exceptional person to take on the role of Treasurer Trustee.

What will you be doing?

You will chair our finance committee of volunteers to support the foodbank in achieving its financial objectives and ensure effective financial controls within our organisation. Manchester Central Foodbank is involved in several projects, with various funding sources. This includes the Trussell Trust’s national Pathfinder programme, with foodbanks involved developing and delivering their own plan for reducing the need for their services locally. You will play a pivotal role in achieving our vision for the central Manchester area.

Key tasks

General financial oversight:

  • Liaise with MCF Managers, external accountants and auditors about financial matters.
  • Oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements to the Board.
  • Ensure that robust and effective systems, policies and controls are in place for finance and investment.
  • Ensure an effective system of delegation for finance is in place.
  • Ensure that record-keeping and accounts meet the conditions of funders and statutory bodies
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Ensure suitable financial roles are in place to fulfil our finance function.

Financial performance, reporting, planning & budgeting:

  • Advise on the financial implications of strategic and operational plans.
  • Oversee regular reports on the organisation’s financial position
  • Ensure effective monitoring and reporting.
  • Liaise with designated staff for accounts preparation and audit, as required.
  • Present accounts at the AGM.
  • Advise on MCFs reserves policy and our investment policy.

Banking, book-keeping, record-keeping and payroll:

  • Oversee bank account management and that appropriate systems for bookkeeping, payments, lodgements & petty cash are in place.
  • Ensure everyone handling money keeps proper records and documentation
  • Payment and recording of all supplier invoices
  • Recording all income received
  • Preparation of monthly payroll and payment of staff
  • Payment of tax and NI to the Inland Revenue
  • Cash-flow management
  • Reconciliation of bank accounts on a monthly basis

Control of fixed assets:

  • Ensure proper records are kept.
  • Ensure required insurances are in place.

What are we looking for?

We particularly welcome candidates with a background in finance, strategy, governance and risk management. Ideally our Treasurer Trustee would have the following skills and/or experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of financial management, management accounts, cashflow, budgeting, payroll related activities and financial decisions.
  • Good financial analysis skills to examine financial consequences of proposals and plans.
  • Business planning and strategy.
  • The ability to present complex financial information to support decision making.
  • Experience with accounting software Xero
  • Respectful of other’s opinions and experiences, and good at listening.
  • Enjoy collaborating as part of a team and carrying out tasks with others.
  • A commitment to support the future success of the work of the Foodbank, our aims and values

What difference will you make?

By leading on the financial matters of the food bank operation, you are part of providing a vital holistic support function in your local community, ensuring a dignified experience to anyone visiting or anyone who comes into contact with Manchester Central Food Bank.

Before you apply

Please apply through Reach in the first instance, providing a CV and cover letter detailing why you are interested in this role and your relevant experience. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an informal interview with members of the Board of Trustees at Manchester Central Foodbank

  • Poverty relief
  • Organisation type: 

    Manchester Central Foodbank (MCFB) is a Trussell Trust-affiliated food bank, with a centre in Central, North, and East Manchester. We were established in Ardwick in 2013 by students at the...