Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) has been developing community energy projects since 2011 guided by the principles of sustainability and economic equality, and raising funds though share and bond offers, debt, and donation crowdfunding.
BEC owns and manages a portfolio of energy generating assets and subsidiary companies with a combined turnover of around £1.2m and is in the interesting position of being a not-for-profit business trading in the commercial energy sector. BEC aims to continue exerting a positive influence on the Zero Carbon transition through further growth and has projects in development across a range of technologies including hydroelectric, microgrid, and large scale battery. The increasing complexity of the investment and the operations sides of the business suggest the time is right to enhance BEC’s in-house financial management capability.
BEC is therefore seeking a part-time bookkeeper to take over the role previously covered jointly by our administrator and management accountant and become an integral part of BEC’s operations. This will be a contracted position with average working expected to be in the region of 40 – 60 hours per month.
Working can be mainly remote from the office, but it is expected once Covid lockdown restrictions ease the post holder will participate in some face to face meetings with the finance and operations teams.
The role includes processing all purchase, sales, and bank transactions for the Coop and its subsidiaries using Xero, setting up bank payments online and quarterly submission of electricity generation meter readings and administration of Feed in Tariff (FiT) subsidy payments. It will also include bookkeeping for Bristol Community Hydro Ltd which has recently been set up to build and run a new hydro-electric scheme in Bristol.
This new role is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014-2020 and during the construction phase of the hydro scheme the bookkeeper will be providing bookkeeping support to the grant claims process. There is an expectation the bookkeeper will contribute to the setting up and operation of grant compliant financial processes.
Candidates should hold appropriate bookkeeping qualifications and have at least two years’ experience of working in a commercial bookkeeping role. Previous experience of meter reading, Feed-in-Tariff, and grant processing is not required. Ideally the successful applicant will live in or around Bristol.
It is expected this position will, at least initially, be contracted. The number of regular long-term hours and weekly availability contracted to BEC will be established over the first few months of working. Remuneration is negotiable depending on the experience.