Job Opportunities – The Plymouth Octopus Project (POP) is currently seeking to recruit a Learning Champion (application deadline 18 June 2021) and a Bookkeeper

The Plymouth Octopus Project (POP), a registered charity which helps build strong grassroots organisations, charities and social enterprises across Plymouth by supporting them to work together and take a lead in creating change, is currently seeking to recruit to the posts of Learning Champion and Bookkeeper.

Please note that the application deadline for the post of Learning Champion is this coming Friday, 18 June 2021. We’d be grateful if you could forward details to anyone in your networks who may be interested in finding out more about either post or applying.

Many thanks to Imogen Potter, POP’s Capacity Building Manager, for asking us to share details of both posts, which are detailed below:

1. LEARNING CHAMPION at the Plymouth Octopus Project (POP)

o Contract type: Permanent.
o Hours:  30 hrs (4 days per week).
o Salary: £25,569 (£20,455 pro rata)
o Location:  Currently home-based but will involve some office working and visiting members across Plymouth once current restrictions are lifted  

o Deadline for applications:  Friday 18th June 2021  

POP is an organisation supporting grassroots and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in Plymouth. 

We are looking for a Learning Champion to continue an essential role in our organisation, observing and reporting on what and how we learn across both POP and the projects we have funded. You will be able to engage well with people, asking questions that make people think. 

The role will involve: 

  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with our members and groups that are interested in and/or receive funding through us, working with them to learn individually and collectively 
  • Designing systems to collate information and data, learning from our existing knowledge and exploring new areas 
  • Produce tangible outputs that capture current reflections, learning and insights 
  • Lead on investigating the role of trust and collaboration in different contexts: between funder (POP) & grantee, within grantee groups etc. 

Experience required: 

  • Demonstrable previous experience of creating and sustaining effective relationships in the community within the charity or voluntary sector (social purpose) 
  • Confidence and personal skills to meet communities at their pace and place, in terms of communities of interest, identity and geography 
  • Inquiring and curious approach balanced by ability to structure and collate research/information and experience of designing systems to capture this 

If you are interested in this role, please complete the pre-application form:

Or the online version:

If you have any questions, please contact Claire Law, Core Lead

2. BOOKKEEPER at the Plymouth Octopus Project (POP)

POP is looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to work part-time on a freelance basis (approx.  3.5 hours per week / 15 hours per month) (average no. of transactions per month: 34) 

Hourly rate: £21.84 

You will support the day-to-day financial operations of POP, covering a range of bookkeeping and accounts processing tasks including: 

  • Handling accounts payable and receivable   
  • Managing profit and loss statements and balance sheets   
  • Maintaining income & expenditure records using Excel 
  • Checking invoices & making regular and ad hoc payments 
  • Raising invoices 
  • Checking & paying expenses 
  • Bank reconciliation 
  • Payroll admin (provide monthly details to outsourced company) 
  • Prepare budgets/management accounts as requested 
  • Annual accounts preparation and liaison with Accountant 
  • Attend team meetings/sub committees 
  • Assisting with financial management projects    

You’ll have solid bookkeeping or finance admin experience, ideally within a charity or third sector environment. You’ll be highly numerate with excellent attention to detail and intermediate knowledge of Excel, ideally including Power BI. 

This is a great opportunity to work with a friendly team in an organisation that helps many other organisations, charities, and social enterprises in Plymouth. 

If you are interested in this role, please get in contact with Claire Law, Core Lead at for more details. 

Further details about both posts and other opportunities in the charitable sector in the Plymouth area are available on the POP website.