About The Music Works and why we need this role

The Music Works is a Gloucester based charity that transforms young lives through music. In the last six years we have grown from a small charity to a multi-million pound one with over 30 staff with income coming from over 40 different sources.

We are currently reviewing what is needed for our finance team but while we are doing this, and to help us work out what we need, we are looking to contract a freelance, part-time Management Accountant. The main purpose of this role is to ensure the financial workings of the organisation run smoothly and efficiently.  Working closely alongside Dave Eastcott, Head of Finance, the role will ensure the needs of a growing organisation are suitably met.

Here is an introduction to our work:

Key responsibilities


  • Timely completion of all day-to-day accounting and finance activities of the charity, ensuring records are complete, system integrity is maintained, and financial controls are properly adhered to.
  • Carrying out the accounting month-end processes, ensuring key reconciliations are done.
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly financial reports and scrutiny of restricted and unrestricted funds to ensure reserves policy is observed.
  • Regular review of budgets with project managers to ensure changes in circumstances are accurately reflected in the rolling monthly forecasting.
  • Systems support to budget holders to help them understand and make the most of the QuickBooks accounting system.
  • Financial assistance with funding applications.
  • Assistance with the production of the statutory annual accounts, liaising with the auditor as required


  • Oversight and implementation of financial policies and procedures including payroll and pension
  • Preparation of reports for SLT and the Board
Person specification

We are looking to recruit against the following criteria:

  • Considerable experience of bookkeeping (including using QuickBooks).
  • Good experience of budget management.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Really good with numbers
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to support non-finance staff to manage their budgets
  • Ability and desire to self-organize and work flexibly.
  • Able to come to Gloucester for monthly meetings
  • A commitment to support the arts sector in Gloucestershire.
  • Qualified/part qualified accountant or qualified by experience.
Details of the role

This is a short-term freelance role while we work out what the organisation needs. We envisage it will initially last for 3 months and then we will review things. It may turn into a permanent role, but this is not guaranteed.

The salary will be £25K – £28K pro rata for two days a week – dependent on experience. We anticipate the two days a week will be worked flexibly across the week in liaison with the Head of Finance.

Dave Eastcott, Head of Finance, will provide support and be the main point of contact for this role but the role will also work closely with other members of the senior team – Deborah Potts (CEO), Malaki Patterson, Artistic Director, Ben O’Sullivan, Director of Education and Jessica Fairclough (Operations Manager).

We are flexible as to where the job is located although we would expect some time to be spent in our Gloucester studio. Home working is fine.

For enquiries about the role, please contact Dave Eastcott (Head of Finance) deastcott@themusicworks.org.uk.

Management Accountant

Part-time short-term freelance contract

Hours: Flexible working

Pay: £25,000-£28,000 (pro rata)

How to apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and clearly showing how you meet the person spec. Please send this to deastcott@themusicworks.org.uk  

We also ask that you complete an equality form (this is anonymous and is only to help us make sure we are reaching a broad range of people).

There is no specific closing date for this position as candidates will be considered as they apply and the process will end when the position is filled. There will be an initial telephone interview and then if applicable face to face interviews will take place at the Gloucester Hub. 

If you would like to discuss the role beforehand then please email Dave  deastcott@themusicworks.org.uk  to arrange a time to talk.

Our values

The Music Works values diversity and is an equal opportunities organisation, committed to creating an inclusive organisation. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who reflect the community we serve. We encourage applications from all backgrounds.

In line with The Music Works safeguarding policy, appointments are normally subject to enhanced DBS checks and satisfactory references.

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