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Head of Finance

Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Trust
Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Scale: £60,000-£65,000
Contract: Permanent
Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Trust was established to provide the very best Catholic education for the young people in our schools. We are enabling schools, aspiration and faith to flourish by; ‘Uplifting Hearts, Inspiring Minds’.
Our schools have a distinctive Catholic identity, with their own ethos. Our aim is to facilitate Catholic schools to retain their identity and history but to be supported by a multi academy trust that offers systems, services and a policy framework that allows all its schools and academies to flourish.
Our Values:
Unity - working together for excellence
Excellence - to strive to be the best
Love - respect and care for others and treat them as you want to be treated
Service - following the teachings of Christ to become valued members of our communities
We are looking to appoint an ambitious and hardworking Head of Finance to lead and develop the finance function within our growing Catholic Multi Academy Trust. Under the oversight of the Chief Finance and Operations Officer, the successful candidate will support the Trust team to manage the Trust finance functions and develop the Trust financial strategies.
You will be an extremely organised professional with specialist knowledge of Trust financial management, reporting, forecasting and procurement.
The Head of Finance will be responsible for:

Ensuring the effective financial management of the Trust and for ensuring that financial resources are deployed to maximize effective delivery of the Trust’s strategic objectives.
Leading the finance staff within the Trust and its academies with the day- to-day financial operations and oversee the month-end processes.
Leading on all financial aspects of internal and external audits.
Planning, managing and actively promoting change in accordance with the Trust’s strategic plan.
Working collaboratively with our Trust academies and central staff to develop high-quality systems and services throughout the Trust, offering support where required.

The successful candidate will be expected to travel to multiple sites within the Trust.
Leadership and Strategy:

Advise Board and Executive team on finance matters.
Lead financial aspects of Trust Strategic Development Plan.
Attend Local Governing Body meetings.
Support growth of the Trust.
As we develop to line manage the central finance team and team of business partners.

Financial Management:

Consolidate monthly management accounts and lead annual accounts production.
Ensure Trust compliance with Academy Trust Handbook and internal policies.
Lead day-to-day financial operations, month-end processes, and internal/external audits.
Develop and implement efficient financial systems and procedures.
Manage Trust finances, systems and policies.
Provide financial advice to Executive Team.
Lead statutory reporting and returns.
Oversee internal audits, cash flows, investments and bank accounts.
Manage relationships with professional advisers.
Ensure effective management of Trust's tax affairs.
Manage Trust payroll process and liaise with pension actuaries.
Address payroll-related matters and ensure controls are in place.

Finance Systems and Budget Setting:

Compile annual budget timetable.
Coordinate and quality check budgets with academy business managers.
Provide guidance to academy business managers on financial planning, budgeting and compliance.
Ensure financial systems and procedures embody best practice.
Provide training to academy-based finance staff.

Monitoring and Reporting:

Oversee preparation of financial reports for decision-making.
Consolidate academy ledgers into Trust-wide ledger.
Monitor and report on central Trust budgets.

Year-end Procedures:

Compile and circulate annual timetable for year-end procedures.
Coordinate and quality check reconciliations with academy business managers.
Liaise with external auditors during the annual audit.


Help conduct regular reviews of Trust services for best value.
Liaise with academy business managers on contract reviews.
Use procurement consultants to undertake contract reviews and procurement exercises.

Other Duties:

Contribute to effective leadership of the Trust network and ongoing projects.
Perform other duties as reasonably required.

The Pope Francis Catholic MAT is the first of the Catholic Multi Academy Trusts that are being formed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Each school within the Archdiocese will be given the opportunity to join one of 12 locally based Catholic MATs. We are the first of these MATs and are therefore acting as a pathfinder for the CMATs that will follow. At present there are three schools within the CMAT; St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy in Whiston, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy in Crosby and The Salesian Academy of St John Bosco in Bootle. The Pope Francis Catholic MAT will serve the Sefton area and may ultimately include up to 29 Catholic schools, both primary and secondary. The Archdiocesan Catholic MATs will work closely with one another and have a clearly defined philosophy about the way in which a Multi Academy Trust works.
We believe that each of our schools has their own distinct identity, history, tradition and values. We believe very much in the preservation of this identity and that the role of the Trust is to work with the Headteacher to offer support and the highest quality services to enable the schools to focus exclusively on providing the highest quality of education rather than dealing with other distractions. We aim to create a collaborative Trust where all individuals are able to thrive and flourish knowing that they are being underpinned with strong support. Our Mission is clearly laid out, “Enabling schools, aspiration and faith to flourish by uplifting hearts and inspiring minds.”
Our values are:
Unity - working together for excellence
Excellence - to thrive to be the best
Love - respect and care for others and treat them as you want to be treated
Service - following the teachings of Christ to become valued members of our communities

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