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Finance Planning & Reporting Analyst Lead

Closing Date: 15th April 2024 @ 9am

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes in the world?

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park covers over 720 square miles of Scotland’s finest countryside which welcomes over 4 million visitors each year. From the stunning sea lochs and rugged coastline through the majestic glens and breath-taking Loch, Scotland’s first National Park truly is a magical place to live or visit and an incredible place to work.

Job Title: Finance Planning & Reporting Analyst Lead
Salary: £35,122 – £42,092 (Band D) per annum
Working Hours: 35 hours per week – we are happy to talk part-time and flexible working
Contract: 5 months fixed term (maternity cover)
Location: Balloch, with hybrid working model in place

The role:

Our Finance and Procurement Team within Corporate Services is responsible for the financial processes within the organisation and ensures that our Executive and Board have effective financial reporting for informed decision making.  We are looking for collaborative and enthusiastic individuals to join our small team. Our roles will suit candidates with a range of experience and offer an excellent opportunity to develop your career and apply your knowledge and skills within a National Park setting.

You will be part of the team responsible for the delivery of budgets, forecasting, management information and statutory accounts, as well as providing support for the main finance and procurement functions.

You will have experience of financial practices and ideally have had responsibility for the delivery and improvement of financial information. In addition, this experience should be underpinned by a working knowledge of financial systems, processes and controls.


  • Assist in the preparation of the annual statutory report and accounts for the National Park and liaise as necessary with colleagues across the business and External Audit.
  • Support the in the initial Preparation of monthly management accounts and financial reports and assist the Finance Manager in the presentation of those results to managers, the Executive, the Board and Board Committees, including commentary and variance analysis.
  • Assist in the completion and submission of monthly budget monitoring reports to the Scottish Government
  • Assist in the preparation of Annual Budget and Reforecast exercises.
  • Under the direction of the Finance Manager Act as business partner with budget holders.  Preparation, profiling and monitoring of budgets (salary budget/ team budgets/ organisational level budgets).
  • Input as necessary to financial advice, guidance, and support required by the organisation to support business needs.
  • Assist with the documentation of policies, procedures, and controls.
  • Support projects to automate and streamline finance operations and reporting process.
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade as required.

 Who we are looking for:

Your skills, abilities and experience should include:

  • Working knowledge of preparing financial reports and inputs (including those required for IFRA16) for the annual report and accounts.
  • Working knowledge of preparing management accounts, budgets, and forecasts.
  • Working knowledge of financial systems including nominal ledger coding structures
  • Hands on experience of monthly and annual accounting cycles and supporting processes, including Trial Balance, variance analysis and reconciliations.
  • Self-starter, collaborative and flexible worker, and team player
  • Articulate with excellent interpersonal skills, including good report-writing skills.
  • Ability to work under-pressure to tight externally set deadlines.
  • Ability to analyse reports/systems/working practices to identify potential improvements.
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Part Qualified Accountant with significant hands-on experience

Ideally, but not essential, you’ll also have:

  • Working knowledge of invoice processing from PO to Payment.
  • Bank payment processing including use of appropriate software.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Scottish Public Finance Manual (SPFM) and Financial Reporting Manual (FReM)
  • Experience of working in a small finance team
  • Knowledge of financial reporting and accounting requirements of for Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs)

How to apply:

If you are interested in this role, complete your application by 15th April 2024 @ 9am.

  • Access our application form below
  • Interviews will be virtual
  • Interview dates are set for: 19th April 2024

Who we are and our values:

We offer flexible and remote working, with a generous pension scheme and annual leave allowance. Staff have access to wellbeing services and there is a strong focus on wellbeing throughout the organisation.

Being part of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority means being passionate about what you do, working hard to inspire and lead the way for others. We care about each other and are accessible and friendly treating each other with respect and understanding, we think about our planet with each decision we make. Together, we are the difference.

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority are proud to celebrate difference. Diversity of experience is vital in our success we want our business to be representative to the communities we work alongside.  As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applicants from a wide range of individuals, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, gender identity and expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

You can download the application form below. The form may open in a new tab. If this happens, please save the file to your desktop before filling in your details. Pages in the Part B section will appear blacked out, please ignore these pages. We are happy to accept electronic signatures. You can then submit your completed form to us via email at

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