Finance Manager

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 1341582420-2
  • Date Posted: 1 June 2024
  • Apprentice Employer: Architype
  • Location: London
  • Apprentice Pay: £32,000 to £43,000
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Health and Safety, Project Management
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Part Time

About this Apprenticeship

We are looking for a Finance Manager to join our Finance Team.

The ideal candidate will have good all-round experience in financial processes and delivering month end reporting. We are also keen to develop our financial processes to meet the growing requirements of the business.

You will oversee the work of the Finance Coordinator and report to the Head of Finance.

About Architype

Architype is the UK's leading Passivhaus Architectand widely recognised for our innovative approach including Education Architect of the Year, highly commended AJ100 Practice of the Year, 2022 RIBA London and Sustainability Award and 2022 South of England and South Wales BCO award.

We have an open and collaborative ethoswith a common purpose -to deliver fantastic architecture that performs exactly as predicted.We have steadily grown over the last 35 years and are now a team of 90+ collaborating across three studios inEdinburgh, Hereford and London.

Architype has a rich history of pioneering low carbon design and a clear focus on how buildings work for people and the planet. We masterplan and design a wide range of buildings across the education, university, housing, community, and cultural sectors. Our consultancy service PERFORM+ enables us to offer insight and cutting-edge technical expertise to clients.

Working at Architype

Working culture at Architype is creative and caring. We work in a collaborative and supportive way that encourages fresh ideas and career progression, and we support flexible working for all.

Architype is regularly featured in the top 5 of Building's Employer of the Year. We are 30% owned by the staff through an Employee Benefit Trust and are committed to becoming 100% employee owned in the future - it is why we call ourselves "co-owners".We are also committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and staff engagement forums, to support staff from different backgrounds.

Architype has evolved a hybrid working policy to enable staff to work flexibly from both home and from our studios. In Edinburgh we occupy an exciting studio space in Leith. In Hereford our studio is based in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. In London we are based in a vibrant studio in SE1. All co-owners are fully supported with equipment to enable hybrid working and are integrated into our collaborative team culture both on and offline.


The successful candidate will be attached to one of our three studios (Hereford, London, Edinburgh) butwill work with the Finance Team members who are currently based in London. This role would suit hybrid working.

Job type


Part time: 22.5 hours per week (Monday - Friday)


  • A competitive salary which is aligned to the industry standards. This is currently in the following range:

o Hereford/National base rate: £32,000 - £40,000 (FTE)

o London/Southeast weighting included: £35,000 - £43,000. (FTE)

o Edinburgh/the Lothians/Fife enhanced weighting included: £33,500 - £41,500 (FTE)

  • 33 days (FTE) holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • 22.5-hour week - flexible/hybrid working possible
  • Pension benefits of 3% employer contribution and access to a company health scheme and cycle to work scheme.
  • This post will be offered as a permanent contract, subject to a 6-month probation review.

To Apply

Please take note:

Architype is an Equal Opportunities employer. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and staff engagement forums, to support staff from different backgrounds.

Visa sponsorship: We welcome applications from all nationalities; however, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for our roles, so before you apply for this post, you must ensure that you have the rightto work in theUK.

If you are an international student, recently graduated, you must have your graduate visa status established before applying.

Making your application

Send a 300-word statement,setting out how you meet the criteria in the job specificationalong with your CV.

Note:You must state, in the subject line of your email, your preferred studio location (Edinburgh/ Hereford / London), andthe job role you are interested in(Finance Manager). Without this informationin the subject heading, we will be unable to sift your application correctly and it will be missed.

This post will be offered as permanent contract, subject to a 6-month probationary period.

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2024. The interviews will be via VC or in person, in the week of 17 June 2024.

Unfortunately,due to the volume of applications we are sorry we cannot respond to all applications,so if you do not hear from us after the interview date above, please assume that you have been unsuccessful.

Note that all applications will be treated in accordance with ourGDPR policy.For more information, please clickhere.

Job Description for Finance Manager

Core purpose.

The core purpose of a Finance Manager is to:

  • To deliver accurate and timely month end reporting and assist with financial planning and analysis.
  • Manage of the day-to-day financial needs of the business
  • Manage and administration of the payroll
  • Develop and maintain strong financial processes and internal controls.

Key responsibilities

  • Preparation of monthly management accounts for the practice.
  • Manage the budget and forecasting process and report monthly department spend.
  • Ensure day-to-day finance tasks are completed as necessary to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Ensure the cashflow is managed efficiently and oversee payment runs and credit control.
  • Manage the payroll including preparation monthly payroll adjustments, manage pension administration and address payroll queries.
  • Ensure project reporting is up to date and drive improvement processes.
  • Supervise and support the Finance Coordinator.