Work with Arotahi: Accountant/Financial Manager

Work with Arotahi: We are looking for a Christchurch based, Jesus loving, experienced accountant/financial manager!

Accountant/financial manager based in Christchurch with a heart to see the love of Jesus shape the world? We’ve been waiting for you!

Role Summary: The primary purpose of the Accoun­tant / Finan­cial Manager posi­tion is to effec­tively and strate­gi­cally manage the finan­cial require­ments of Arotahi/NZBMS & Kānuka Hopestill Limited and its clients.

Arotahi (New Zealand Baptist Mission Society), has part­nered with Kānuka Hopestill Ltd to search for an accoun­tant / finan­cial manager.
We are looking for someone with a mis­sional heart and account­ing and finan­cial man­age­ment skills. The posi­tion will be based out of the Kānuka Hopestill Limited office as part of the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church site (286 Oxford Terrace Central, Christchurch). Hours can be nego­tiable with the oppor­tu­nity to scale the posi­tion from part-time 16 hours(0.4) to full-time 40 hours(1.0). If part-time, the role will be focused on Arotahi, but addi­tional hours will be made up of other Kanuka Hopestill clients.

Who: Arotahi & Kānuka Hopestill Limited
Arotahi (New Zealand Baptist Mission Society)
At Arotahi, we are about hand – carved mission for all people and all places. We believe that NZBMS exists to bring mutual gospel renewal to the people and places of this world. We believe that every person and every place has been uniquely carved out by the hands of God, crafted and moulded to be a part of God’s larger plan. Arotahi sees the details, focus­ing on the par­tic­u­lar­i­ties of people and places for a mis­sional journey that is wholis­tic and sustainable.

Kānuka Hopestill Limited – Char­i­ta­ble company 100% owned by Baptist Union of New Zealand on behalf of Oxford Terrace Baptist Church.

Where did we come from?
We grew out of OTBC, who have expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant growth since the earth­quakes in their prop­erty port­fo­lio. The exper­tise required to admin­is­ter long term com­mer­cial leases, growing regular and casual hiring of their facil­i­ties, run a café, admin­is­ter a sig­nif­i­cant number of res­i­den­tial ten­an­cies, asso­ci­ated main­te­nance, and further develop their site was beyond the exper­tise of a vol­un­teer church prop­erty com­mit­tee. They also had a vision of them­selves as a church for the churches, serving the wider Baptist world in our region.

Areas of Responsibility:
Essen­tial Finance
• Provide finan­cial over­sight of NZBMS and Develop Together accounts.
• Super­vise and manage the NZBMS Accounts Clerk’s tasks and responsibilities.
• Prepare finan­cial reports and con­sol­i­dated accounts for NZBMS and its various cost centres as required.
• Prepare annual budgets for both NZ and over­seas oper­a­tions and activities
• Ensure NZBMS devel­ops and main­tains ‘best prac­tice’ account­ing func­tions, systems and processes.
• Over­sight of payroll payments.
• Coor­di­nate audits and all other com­pli­ance require­ments, includ­ing IRD, Char­i­ties Com­mis­sion and Com­pa­nies Register.
• Manage invest­ments and cash resources as required
Work con­di­tions and relationships:
Working from the Kanuka office sit­u­ated in the recently rede­vel­oped Oxford Terrace Baptist Church attempt at build­ing a modern-day monastery
Work will be pri­mar­ily in the office, requir­ing attend­ing other meet­ings as required. Some travel is required to connect with the Arotahi and Baptist Union staff in Auck­land. You must have a good working rela­tion­ship with the General Direc­tor of Arotahi/NZBMS, the General Manager of Kānuka Hopestill Limited (to whom you will report depend­ing on work) & poten­tially other Kānuka staff and clients.
Most fre­quent other con­tacts will include
NZBMS Staff (Auck­land and non-Auck­land based)
Baptist Union Senior Accountant
Over­seas-based staff and partner organisations
Baptist Union of NZ staff
Baptist Churches and Trusts
Exter­nal organ­i­sa­tions, includ­ing banks, Char­i­ties Ser­vices and invest­ment bodies

Per­sonal Skills and Attributes:
As organ­i­sa­tions with clear Chris­t­ian values and with a global mission mandate, it is desir­able that staff members:
• Have a devo­tion to Jesus Christ and His pur­poses in this world
• Are active par­tic­i­pants of a local Church
• Have an inter­est in world mission
• Per­sonal Organisation
• Self-Devel­op­ment and Learning
Work Skills and Attrib­utes Essential:
• Expe­ri­ence in a similar finance role, with appro­pri­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions, BCom or equivalent
• Ideally, CA or ACA qualified
• Expe­ri­ence in prepar­ing Accounts, Budgets, GST returns
• Under­stand­ing of account­ing report­ing requirements
• Sound working knowl­edge of admin­is­tra­tive systems and processes
• High com­puter lit­er­acy, includ­ing famil­iar­ity with Microsoft Office and Xero
• Excel­lent time man­age­ment skills and atten­tion to detail
• Strong verbal and written com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills
• A team player
• Ability to adapt to chang­ing and dif­fer­ent structures
• Ideally, expe­ri­ence dealing with foreign cur­ren­cies and under­stand­ing forex
• Under­stand­ing of mission-based Chris­t­ian organisations
• Under­stand­ing of the local Church scene
• Finan­cial qualifications
• An out­stand­ing eye for detail and accu­racy in every­thing you do

This job descrip­tion may not include all assigned duties, respon­si­bil­i­ties, or aspects of the job described and may be amended in the future.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you, with your CV and cover letter, at Our appli­ca­tion dead­line is 31st March 2023. Aro­hanui, the Arotahi and Kānuka team.

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