Head of Finance
Head of Finance required for impressive Surrey based Multi Academy Trust
ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified Accountant
A leading Surrey based Multi Academy Trust set up with a vision of being the dynamo at the core of an efficient educational hub are looking to recruit a Head of Finance
The successful applicant will be expected to lead the core service Finance function on behalf of the Finance Director and ensure the effective management and control of Trust finances and its constituent partner Academies, including contributing to strategic financial planning, prioritisation and development. The Head of Finance will contribute to the achievement of the Trust's strategic objectives by undertaking the following specific responsibilities. What follows is not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive list; other duties may be required as necessary.
Deliver visible and professional leadership for Financial Services, promoting effective proactive and consistent customer focused service delivery across all aspects of the Trust, constituent Academy partners and relevant external stakeholders.
Build positive and credible working relationships with key Academy stakeholders in order to act as a trusted partner and proactively identify future risks to Trust financial performance.
Work with the Trust Executive, Academy Principals and SLTs to support strategic planning in terms of financial modelling, cashflow analysis, funding and income implications and any other financial costing modelling requirements
Continuously strive to improve financial management and performance across the Trust, through reliable, timely, consistent and trusted financial information and also dynamic collaborative support for key budget managers and stakeholders, including regular progress meetings, formal training and day to day liaison
Develop, plan and embed financial management practices, policies and controls that reflect best practice and promote technological advances in the sector.
Work with the Finance Director and key stakeholders, to develop, maintain and update the Finance Policy, which outlines how financial policies and procedures should be consistently applied across the Trust.
Manage expectations of Trust leaders in a proactive and positive manner, ensuring Finance resources deliver a customer-focused culture and pragmatic solutions.
Support the Finance Director to develop and maintain strong working relationships with external stakeholders
Prepare accurate and timely financial reports, estimates and financial annual returns as required by Trust Executive, Trustees, funding bodies, government departments and Companies House, including monthly management accounts and the annual financial statements.
Provide the Finance Director, Trust Executive and Academy Heads with regular financial information, advice and recommendations
Monitor and analyse key performance indicators and prepare a financial performance dashboard, identifying areas of concern
Proactively monitor the cash position of the Trust through real time cashflow forecasting that aligns with the application of the Trust treasury management policies and practices.
Work with the Finance Director to implement, monitor and manage the Trust treasury management policy to ensure an appropriate balance between cash liquidity and low risk interest generation, allied with the need to monitor and manage outstanding and aged debtors.
Ensure the Trust complies with best practice and legal requirements in respect of all accounting processes, internal control framework, HMRC (pay and VAT) and pension regulations and also the Academies Finance Handbook and relevant corporate policies.
Support the Finance Director to prepare and submit all statutory financial accounts, including ESFA, HMRC and VAT returns, ensuring any areas of risk are effectively escalated and deadlines are achieved
Professional accounting CCAB qualification (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA)
Ability to think quickly under pressure with an aptitude for identifying issues and developing solutions both within, across various teams and also on an individual basis.
Self-motivated, resilient and calm, with the ability to manage a demanding workload and deliver results. Ability to appropriately challenge others and respectfully present views at a senior level.
A confident and pragmatic decision-maker, trusts own judgement even when working under pressure. Articulate verbal and written communication skills with the ability to accurately communicate and engage with different individuals and groups on a wide range of issues.
Proven attention to detail and the ability to work on a variety of tasks simultaneously.
High professional standards and personal integrity, with high expectations of self and others.
Innovative and outward looking; creative in finding solutions.
Able to represent and be a credible ambassador for the Trust and Financial Services.
Committed to continuous professional development.
Strong ICT skills, particularly Microsoft office and a variety of financial systems.
Full driving licence, with the ability to travel between Trust Academies to engage with key stakeholders
25 days holiday, plus bank holidays, plus 4 days over Christmas
Generous contributory local government pension scheme
Free on site parking
Annual incremental pay awards (subject to satisfactory appraisal)
Free onsite gym
Staff social club (annual Christmas and summer social events - covid restrictions permitting)
Onsite nursery with staff discount
Cycle to work scheme