Work For Us

We employ talented, passionate and hard-working people who value creativity, in both full-time and part-time roles. The Arts SU team is high-achieving and our organisation offers a range of roles across our departments, including services, creative opportunities, project coordination, admin and research, amongst others.

We actively recruit people who share our vision of being a creative union for creative students.

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Full-Time and Fixed-Term Roles

Finance Assistant

Finance Assistant job description

The London School of Economics and University of Arts London Student Unions are registered charities providing representation, support and commercial activities for their respective student bodies. We have a combined turnover in the region of £10m generated from grant and trading income, and we are supported by a shared finance function, which operates across two Union sites.

We are looking for a part qualified CCAB accountant (e.g. CIMA, ACCA or equivalent), or AAT qualified (or finalist), or with relevant experience and with a relevant degree, and ideally with experience of using the Exchequer finance system.

Who are we?

Part business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professionally run, but different. Professional teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives and fulfil potential; we help make it happen. Arts Students’ Union and LSE Students’ Union work in partnership, sharing members of staff, knowledge and best practice. With more than 30,000 members across 7 higher education institutions and bold new strategies, we’re two of the most unique and exciting SUs in the country.

What’s the job?

Here are the core aspects of your job role where you’ll make a real difference to the service the Finance Team provide:

  • Provide an efficient and effective sales ledger, purchase ledger and general ledger function for the Unions ensuring that financial transactions are processed accurately and timely on to the Union’s financial systems;
  • Carry out balance sheet analysis in doing account reconciliations;
  • Provide support in processing payroll, VAT and other related returns;
  • Participation in the statutory accounts and audit process and;
  • Proactively help other Finance Team members with other tasks during busy times

You’ll be reporting to the Head of Finance and guided by our Senior Finance Assistant.

Who you are…

We are looking for a part qualified CCAB accountant (e.g. CIMA, ACCA or equivalent), or AAT qualified (or finalist), or with relevant experience and with a relevant degree, and ideally with experience of using the Exchequer finance system.

Why apply?

Because you’re excited by the challenge! The exact opposite of corporate, we’re progressive, daring and creative individuals working to make a difference in unconventional workplaces. In return for your passion and experience we offer:

  • 25 days holidays per year to 30 days of annual leave after 5 years
  • Up to 6 additional days at Christmas and Easter closure periods
  • Enrolment into the pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Free LSE Students’ Union gym membership, advice from dedicated professionals
  • Wide range of activities including yoga classes, dance classes, pilates classes
  • Cycle to Work scheme enabling significant savings on bicycle purchase and
  • Access to LSE & UAL staff training courses
  • NUS card
  • Flexibility for work-life balance

How we recruit?

We want to ensure all systems, policies and processes are free from bias or discrimination and are fair and accessible, therefore we decided that all candidates have to complete our Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring and Contact Form in order to apply for a job.

Application forms are formatted to ensure the equality monitoring data is removed before applications are seen by the shortlisting panel. This process allows to ensure that the shortlisting is done in a fair and consistent manner and all applicants are given the same opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.

Job application timeline

Closing date: 26th January 2018

Interview dates: w/c 5th February 2018

Want to apply?

Please email your completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form to jobs@su.arts.ac.uk


 

Part-Time Student Staff Roles

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Joining our organisation

About us

With 20,000 students across the six colleges of the University of the Arts London, Arts SU is an integral part the largest art and design institution in Europe. We want students - our members - to have a better experience at University because of us.

Around 90 staff work together at Arts SU to deliver extraordinary projects, activities and opportunities for our members. We employ some staff that undertake the role alongside their studies as well as supporting over 1200 volunteers who are actively engaged in leading campaigns, societies, sports clubs or seeking to improve their course.

We're a charity so we have a Trustee Board that is responsible for the overall strategic and financial direction of the organisation. Three of the people on the Board are current students, two are external to the University and four are sabbatical officers. The Student Executive make decisions about our political direction, with over 3000 students voting for the four Sabbatical Officers and four Vice Presidents.

Our strategic plan evolves every year, but we focus our energies on five themes to ensure our staff are able to deliver the very most for students.

We're unique in the UK because we share a management structure with LSE Students' Union. Funds can only be spent in the Union where they were raised, but some roles are shared which means we're able to achieve even more for students. Most staff will only work at one Union or the other, but some divide their time between our two offices.

The team at this unique organisation work hard to make sure that every role is rewarding, enjoyable, and challenging. We know that if you’re happy at work and have opportunities to develop, we can achieve some incredible things together. We’re passionate about learning and development, so during your induction, review meetings and appraisals we’ll identify training courses, development needs and shadowing opportunities so that you can pursue career interests within the role, as well as having a variety of avenues to explore through different functions of each Union.

Being based within two of London’s most prestigious universities means there’s the opportunity to you’ll be able to access LSE and UAL-run courses, talks and lectures, plus a range of exhibitions and events run by our partner organisations. With two additional paid days of leave for volunteering each year, we helping our staff develop outside of work too.

Our values and culture

We’re an arts union for arts students. This means challenging the status quo, being unconventional and as creative as we can be in every way.

We’re an organisation that values a staff team that has a strong sense of community and purpose. It’s important we can help you put your talents to good use, and that when you think something can be improved in the organisation we are quick to make things better.

As much as we want the University to listen to students, we make sure our staff are heard too. Our staff forum meets regularly with the Chief Executive to discuss progress and development on our People Strategy, ensuring the views of all staff are regularly heard when we make organisational decisions. Everyone will get a regular opportunity to have a 121 with a senior manager. Away days, planning and review sessions take place throughout the year within teams and with others that you wouldn’t usually get to work with everyday.

We’re proud to be Living Wage Employers, part of Advice UK, the National Union of Students and NCVO.

Our benefits

Everyone receives a minimum of 25 days holidays per year, plus Christmas and Easter closure periods as appropriate and pro rata. You’ll have the option of joining the pension scheme that we contribute to, and after five years of employment you’ll receive an additional five days of annual leave

Although not initially obvious we share a staffing structure with LSE Students’ Union. This is unique to students’ unions in the UK. Because we are able to share experience and knowledge from another students’ union we make better decisions and our resources go further. It also means there are more opportunities for development than similar size organisations.

Here are just some of the benefits of working here...

  • Time off in lieu for a number of roles
  • Enrolment into the pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Access to university training and services – counselling and careers advice
  • Free LSE Students’ Union gym membership, advice and time from dedicated professionals
  • Wide range of activities including yoga classes, dance classes and access to badminton courts and other campus facilities for personal use when appropriate
  • Cycle to Work scheme enabling significant savings on bicycle purchase and ability to spread the cost
  • Travel loans enabling savings on travel card costs
  • NUS Extra card discounts and a range of other offers for going out, London dining and everyday essentials

Depending on your learning and development plans we'll help you access, or make a financial contribution, to courses. In the past our team have worked here whilst studying for postgraduate degrees in things from Higher Education and Charity Management to Law and Textiles.

We offer a fun and varied working environment, where working with talented colleagues is generally regarded as the best part of the job!