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Ballynahinch Credit Union


About us: Ballynahinch Credit Union (BCU) is a not-for profit member owned financial organisation. BCU is based in the town of Ballynahinch, the centre of County Down at the heart of the community. Founded by a group of local people in 1965 we now have £27million in assets and about seven and a half thousand members. We now wish to appoint a new suitably qualified professional person as our Manager who will report to the Board of Directors, and be responsible for all the day to day aspects of management, operations and compliance.
The Role: Assist and support the BCU Board in the implementation of the Board’s Business plan and commit to its successful implementation.

  • Provide day to day operational management of the BCU and provide accurate and timely reporting to the Board of the operational status.
  • Ensure full compliance with the Credit Union’s legal and regulatory requirements including risk, data protection and Anti-money Laundering.
  • Manage the lending activity and risk-managed growth in the portfolio and maintain our loan policies in accordance with the Board’s direction.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and retention of staff.
  • Be the point of contact for the BCU with the regulatory authorities, (FCA, PRA, BOE etc) and with the ICLU and service providers.
  • You will on occasion be required to attend the BCU outside of normal office hours. You will be required to work on Saturdays.

The Person: You will have a strong financial background with experience in compliance and risk management that will safeguard the financial well-being of the Credit Union and its members.

You will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations:

  • ensuring compliance with policies and regulations,
  • managing risk and profitability
  • implementing strategies to grow the member base and revenue
  • lead, coach and motivate a team of staff providing guidance, feedback and training. 

You will report to Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of BCU.


The Requirements:

  • Relevant Degree or able to demonstrate an equivalent Qualification in Financial Management.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in leading, managing and motivating a team to achieve organisational goals.
  • Management experience in credit unions,social enterprises or financial institutions in either a voluntary or paid role.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • IT literate - competent use of Office programmes
  • Resilient, self-motivated team leader with commitment to supporting colleagues’ and staff development to reach their full potential.
  • Previous experience working in a financially-regulated organisation that includes acting as the MLRO and ideally previously approved by the FCA as an SMF 17.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the ethos of the Credit Union movement.
  • An emphasis on delivery and service quality to the Members.
The Benefits: £35K - £45K negotiable; Pension

Please apply by sending your CV and a personal statement of no more than 500-words explaining how you meet the requirements and what your personal experience will bring to this role.
Send your application to The Secretary, Ballynahinch Credit Union, 17-19 High Street, Ballynahinch BT24 8AB or by e-mail to  Lyn.twigg@ballynahinchcu.co.uk by 12:00 noon on 1 March 2024.

Ballynahinch Credit Union is an equal opportunities employer