We have an exciting opportunity for a Group Purchase Ledger Controller to join our Finance Department. As an integral part of the Finance team, the Group Purchase Ledger Controller is responsible for ensuring that all invoices and expenses throughout the Group are correctly authorised; accurately recorded in the accounting system and correctly paid in accordance with suppliers’ credit terms. In addition, the Group Purchase Ledger Controller assists in the preparation of management accounts.


The Role


Reporting to the Finance Manager, key responsibilities of the Group Purchase Ledger Controller include: 


  • Ensuring all invoices and expenses are approved and posted to the relevant purchase ledger
  • Reconciling individual supplier accounts
  • Ensuring invoices and expenses are paid in accordance with suppliers credit terms
  • Reconciling purchase ledger control account to the nominal ledger on a monthly basis
  • Dealing with supplier queries
  • Maintaining petty cash
  • Assisting with the preparation of the management accounts in accordance with the timetable.


Qualifications, Skills & Experience


  • Pro-active, can-do attitude and a methodical approach to work.
  • Basic understanding of accounting principles such as double entry bookkeeping and prepayments.
  • Experience with purchase ledger within a finance department, working with a mid-level accounting package.
  • A good understanding of VAT gained through practical experience.
  • Experience of performing month-end and year end procedures.
  • Personable, with great communication skills and the ability to build relationships, explain technical issues to non-technical colleagues and raise any financial issues with them.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Excel


For a full job description with details of skills and experience, please download from the link below.



Salary and Benefits include:


•    Competitive salary 

•    Study support – further details available upon request

•    Incremental holiday entitlement starting at 25 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time staff) plus paid leave to care for a sick child or grandchild and a sick or elderly relation

•    Incremental sick pay starting at 5 days per rolling year

•    Enhanced contribution to our workplace pension 

•    Enhanced maternity/paternity pay

•    Comprehensive flexible working policy open to all staff

•    Training and development opportunities including an open learning library and management training schemes

•    Health benefits include life cover, a health Cashplan scheme which provides access to counselling and a range of therapies


Please note that we reserve the right to review and amend our staff benefits and they do not form part of any contract of employment.


Workplace details


This role will be based at our Head Office in London with the possibility for partial remote working. 


If you have any queries, please email hr@bigissue.com stating the job title.




The Big Issue Group is striving towards Equal Opportunities

We particularly welcome applications from those who are underrepresented in our sector, such as women in senior roles, and people with disabilities and from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.


Since 1991, The Big Issue has fought poverty by creating opportunities and supporting people to take control of their lives. Over time our organisation has grown and now The Big Issue Group consists of The Big Issue Company Ltd and Big Issue Invest Ltd (our social investment arm). In addition, we also have our sister charity The Big Issue Foundation.