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Payments Team Leader (FIN0357) Job
Full time
Salary: 30,375.00 per year


Together we can end extreme poverty for good. Will you join us?










payments team leader





Closing date:- Tuesday 16th January 2018

Interview date:- W/C Monday 22nd January 2018

Vacancy reference:-FIN0357










Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.

our values

All our work is led by three core values:

Empowerment: Everyone, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.

Inclusiveness: We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.


The Corporate Finance team is a key support function to the wider Oxfam departments. It covers a wide range of financial operations such as Payments, Payroll, Income, Tax and Treasury.

The Payments team is responsible for processing the majority of Accounts Payable invoices, International payments and also expenses for our volunteers. In Financial year 2016/17, the Payments team in Oxford processed a total of 36,000 payments worth over c£105m and c£160m of Programme funds to our country offices all around the world.


Considerable Accounts Payable experience in an international context is required.

JoB Purpose

The role will be reporting to the Payments Manager and will have line management responsibility for the Payments Team.

The role will have to actively take part in training and development in relation to Payments services. The role will be responsible (in conjunction with the Payments Manager) for ensuring the team is following procedures and best practice whilst processing payments.


Core Details


Oxford (Oxfam House)

Our package:


From £30,375 per annum – depending on skills and experience


Contract type:



Hours of work:

This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage

This role reports to:

Payments Manager

Staff reporting to this post:

Five Staff in the Payments Team

Annual budget for the post:


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day to day operation of the team and delivery of a cost-effective and efficient service, ensuring all members of the team maintain a high level of performance
  • Ensure that procedures are regularly reviewed, updated and documented as necessary (with a view to streamline, improve, and automate AP processes)
  • Ensure that an effective control environment is maintained
  • Contribute to the setting of Key Performance Indicators and monitor standards and productivity of the team
  • Ensure timely production of financial reconciliations in line with the month end process
  • Prompt resolution of queries and problems
  • Maintain a strong relationship with the external and internal business network


skills, experience and knowledge



  • Proven management experience of a high performing Accounts Payable team,

including the ability to build, train, and develop a team of staff and volunteers

  • Substantial accounts payable experience and knowledge
  • International Banking system knowledge and extensive experience in international payment processing
  • Excellent communication (both in a written and verbal context) and interpersonal skills,with the ability to persuade and influence at a senior level
  • Good planning andproblem solving skills, able to use initiative to meet deadlines
  • Innovative, flexible, and adaptable
  • Possesses a high level of attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and IT skills (specifically Microsoft Excel)




  • Accounting qualification to at least AAT level or higher, preferably a part qualified Accountant
  • Knowledge and experience of transferring funds for humanitarian activities to war and conflict regions, and sanctioned countries by meeting compliance requirements
  • Ability to resolve payment related issues promptly by working closely with approvers, field office staff, suppliers, banks, and FX providers
  • Knowledge of Forex market and FX trades
  • Automated invoice processing experience would be an advantage
  • Experience / knowledge of working with Oracle PeopleSoft Finance system


At Oxfam, our job descriptions provide a guide to what might be expected in the role. Along with our strategy the job description is used to help to shape specific objectives for employees. Employees are supported to deliver these objectives and they are annually assessed against them as part of the Oxfam performance review process. This job description is not incorporated into the employment contract.















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We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.


We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.


We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

Relationship Building

We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.


We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.

Mutual Accountability

We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

Systems Thinking

We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment

We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.

Vision Setting

We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.


We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.



We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success.We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job.  We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support.We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.


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