Finance staff (arts)

 2 March 2011

Finance staff officers in the performing and visual arts sectors provide administrative support to organisations.

Finance staff can work in various areas of an organisation:

  • In a large organisation finance staff may be placed in a specific section. They may also work as part of a central administration or finance team
  • In a smaller organisation, they may be the only person working in the accounts department
  • Accounts clerks frequently specialise in one area. This could be cashing up and banking, credit control, sales or purchase ledger, or payroll.

A finance officer's level of responsibility depends upon the individual organisation. They cannot give high-level financial advice or conduct audits within the company. Despite this, they can help in the preparation of information for these higher-level tasks. Most organisations use computerised systems with a variety of software packages, including databases.

In large organisations finance staff usually work as part of a central accounts team. They ensure that there are systems to capture finance information and to analyse this. They make payments and receive payments. Finance staff officers also keep records about these payments, producing accounts and management reports.

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