Chief Accounts Clerk vacancy

This is an important role in a creative and inclusive charity and is central to the charity’s ability to achieve its aims. This impactful role will enhance the performance and public accountability of Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU), a registered charity within the University community, that exists to represent, campaign for, and support students at Cambridge.


This crucial position exists to provide an effective financial management service to the charity and any subsidiary operations. The role will provide a largely autonomous, holistic accounts administrative service within CUSU, and work to ensure the organisation operates legally within its structures in relation to financial management, and meets legal obligations as a charity.

CUSU’s ability to change and develop in response to its beneficiaries’ needs is dependent upon its ability to:

  1. administrate its operations in an efficient and effective manner; and,
  2. establish and maintain trust in how it uses its resources and reports on them.

This role is responsible for a range of accounts administrative duties within the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), following best practice across the charity and students’ union sectors. Duties will be undertaken as a service on behalf of the organisation and coordinated via systems and processes implemented by the role-holder, which achieves both necessary accountability and accessibility relevant to the needs of our particular organisation. Included within this purpose is a reporting role: the provision of financial information in order to inform the smooth running of the organisation by its members, management and governance structures.

See the job description for further info. Please note that requirements for proficiency in payroll are subject to change as the Union may explore other options for coordinating its payroll operations.

The successful candidate will bring experience in an accounts-based environment and be a capable financial administrator with a strategic mindset: they will understand the relationship between financial administration and the purpose of the charity. Working with a structured and methodical approach to tasks, the successful role-holder will demonstrate an ability to identify risks and recommend actions to mitigate these, be they regarding lower-level user processes (e.g. invoicing and expenses) or major resource strategies pursued by the Union.


To apply please submit, by midnight (23:59) on Friday 25th August 2017 three documents:

  1. your CV,
  2. a CV cover sheet (using form provided), and
  3. a cover letter, which describes how you meet aspects of the person specification and briefly outlines motivations for applying for the role.

Applications should be submitted electronically to or via post (addressed to Vacancies): Cambridge University Students' Union, POSTROOM 17 Mill Lane, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1RX.


Salary: £28,000-£32,000 pa

Contract: Mon-Fri 9-5. Permanent, subject to probation. CUSU is open to requests for flexible working or alternative working patterns; please enquire via email.

Location: CUSU offices at the Students' Unions' Building 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

Application deadline: Friday 25th August 2017 (11.59pm).

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We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. ​We particularly welcome applications from those from Black, Asian and an ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within Cambridge University Students' Union in some areas. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.

Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) is committed to creating an organisation in which all members and employees are respected, discrimination is not tolerated and diversity is encouraged. All members and employees will be treated fairly and with respect.  Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.


Registered Charity Number: 288365