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Fredericks Foundation (Liverpool)
North London Credit Union

Fredericks Foundation

Client Manager, Liverpool

£30,000 package (pro rata, 3 days per week)

Fredericks Foundation (supported by The Mothership Group) seeks someone with business or lending experience to set up and run a new business microloan fund for the Liverpool area. The job will involve networking with the business community and assessing applications from those keen to start their own business but declined finance by the banks.

For an application pack email:

Closing date: 25 July 2014

Interviews: TBC, if applying please advise us of any dates during August when you cannot attend for interview.

Client Manager Job Description

Client Manager Job Outline

Client Manager Job Specification


 North London Credit Union

We are Financing Enterprise and investing in the future

We are looking for a number of people to join our small, busy team, due to recent and ongoing expansion. We are a not-for-profit organisation based predominantly in Enfield, who have been providing financial services to local individuals and businesses since 1994.

We are a family-friendly organisation and are happy to consider part-time hours and job-share arrangements for all roles. All salary ranges given are full time equivalent (FTE).

Please send your CV and covering information, stating clearly which role(s) you wish to apply for, to

or Recruitment, North London Credit Union, 3, George Mews, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6JA, by the closing date, 07/07/14. If you do not have an up-to-date CV, we are happy to send you an application form. If you have any queries, please contact Peter Lovell on 020 8366 8244.

Group Services provide common functions in a cost-effective, efficient manner.

 Group Services Manager / Deputy to Credit Union Chief Executive

(£30,000 – £35,000)
A wide-ranging role, encompassing IT & web design, property management, as well as overseeing the credit-control, marketing and finance functions. Must have broad management experience and confidence to report into Board in absence of CEO.

Marketing Manager

(£20,000 – £25,000)
Experienced in planning and delivering a broad range of marketing activities, you will manage a small team working with a tight budget. This role may suit someone returning to work after a career break or who wants to reduce their hours and work locally.

North London Credit Union are seeking to strengthen the leadership team, as part of plans to expand services and products over the coming months.

 North London Credit Union Manager

(£30,000 – £35,000)
To build the profile of North London Credit Union through engagement with local agencies. Support financial inclusion and education in the North London area, finding opportunities to fund projects; plan, co-ordinate and review initiatives to assist local people and business.

North London Credit Union Deputy Manager

(£20,000 – £22,500)
Responsible with Manager for the day-to-day running of the credit union. Must be experienced in lending using ALD and have knowledge of compliance issues and CUEP.

Financing Enterprise delivers our contract with The Start Up Loans Company, offering subsidised finance and free mentoring and business support

 Business Support Manager

(£25,000 – £30,000, incl some evenings & weekends)
This vital role oversees our support for entrepreneurs in receipt of a Start Up Loan or investment. Managing a small team, you will be putting in place a sustainable programme of support to our clients, including training and events and building on our existing mentoring programme.

 Business Advisors

(£20,000 – £25,000, incl evenings & weekends)
Must have experience of, and empathy with, entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds. Former bank lending staff ideal, but others considered. We’re looking for some availability to see clients outside normal office hours. London locations, from one to five days per week.

Finance Administrator, Financing Sharia Enterprise

(£15,000 – £17,500)
We are the first (and currently only) Partner of the Start Up Loans Company authorised to deliver the Sharia-compliant finance product. You are an experienced administrator with a good knowledge of, and interest in Sharia finance, together with excellent attention to detail, numeracy and relationship-management skills.

 Applications Support Assistant

(£14,000 – £16,500)
The job-holder will be part of a team assisting in the successful gaining of clients and providing administrative support to help them through the process of completing their application journey. It is a vital role, as without the successful completion of this first stage, we will lose the client. Good phone manner, diplomacy are as important as administrative skills and attention to detail.

 Mentoring Co-ordinator

(£17,500 – £20,000)
Working with our Mentoring Recruiter your responsibility will be the smooth administration of the programme. You will ensure mentors are appropriately briefed, match entrepreneurs with mentors and resolve any day-to-day issues.

Enterprise Club Co-ordinator

(£17,500 – £20,000, incl evenings & weekends)
The London Enterprise Club was one of the first networking groups for business owners, when it started over 24 years ago & it is our intention to relaunch it as part of the aftercare for Financing Start Up & Sharia Enterprise clients, as well as deliver training opportunities to local businesses.


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