2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

Opportunity: Bookkeeper and Administrative Role

15th February 2024

The National Festival of Making is seeking to appoint a new team member to support the Finance & Operations Manager in bookkeeping and administration.

The finance and administrative role will see you supporting the small team in delivering our year-round programme and annual festival organisation. Based in our Blackburn office but with some opportunities to work from home, you will work closely alongside our festival producers, education and marketing teams in assisting the day-to-day running of our growing arts and culture organisation.


  • To provide support to the directorate with administration as and when required
  • To provide finance support to the Finance and Operations Manager
  • To provide administrative support to the project team


  • Responsible for managing Xero data entry
  • Responsible for collating and processing receipts and invoices utilising Xero document storage
  • Managing the customer and supplier data in Xero
  • Working with the Finance and Operations Manager to support the production of monthly customer and supplier Xero reports
  • Processing the monthly Xero bank account reconciliations
  • Processing the quarterly Xero VAT return working in conjunction with the Finance and Operations Manager
  • Following the internal approval processes for transactional coding and processing payments
  • Managing the expense and travel claims process for the Directors
  • Any other administrative duties to support the Directors
  • Support project managers with admin tasks including booking hotels, preparing contract templates and administering project files with information including insurance, health and safety information and evaluation forms
  • Any other administrative duties to support the project team
  • To support the team as required during the busy festival periods

Application Deadline: 8th March 2024
Interviews: 19th March 2024
Start Date: As soon as possible



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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