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Financial Controller

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Rhys Gillings

Financial Controller

AJ Chambers are delighted to be working with an excellent public community that are passionate about developing brighter futures for our younger generation. Our client is known for improving standards across their community, as well as providing fresh ideas to challenge inequality and evolve leadership across the board.

They are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and hardworking individual with excellent communications skills to take control of their newly centralised finance function, this role would suit someone who is ready to take that next step in their finance career.

Main purpose of the job

  • To lead a team of Finance professionals, responsible for the provision of an expert financial management service to all academies within our different locations
  • To lead and be responsible for the monthly reporting of income and expenditure and cashflow, ensuring that information produced is robust, accurate and owned by appropriate individuals.
  • To support the Finance Director and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with the development and implementation of the MAT’s short, medium and long term financial strategy
  • To be responsible for the line management and development of a team of Finance Officers and Finance Assistant by promoting best practice and ensuring compliance with the financial processes and procedures for 500 staff members providing services for over 3,500 pupils across the Trust

Operational Responsibilities

  • To ensure the MAT’s financial procedures and practices are current and complete, ensuring that the Trust Board’s and Academies’ decisions are lawful
  • To prepare monthly VAT returns
  • To oversee the administration of the MAT’s bank accounts and all academies’ funds
  • To assist in preparation of detailed budgets on an annual basis in consultation with academies and the Finance Director
  • To assist in the preparation and maintenance of the MAT’s Asset Register and equipment register
  • To assist in the preparation of the BFRO
  • To complete monthly accrual accounting
  • To update and maintain the forecasted budget plan for the MAT
  • To maintain records of accounts, ensuring effective financial controls are exercised within approved authorisation
  • To prepare annual accounts for audit and assist with external audit
  • To monitor income, expenditure and cashflow in relation to the budget, preparing forecast outturns
  • To assist in presentation of the monthly management reports with the Finance Director
  • To control purchases and maintain records of stocks and other assets
  • To conduct comparative analyses and benchmarking of revenues and expenditures and general financial management strategies
  • To deal with salary queries in liaison with payroll
  • To monitor and investigate variances: correcting via journals where appropriate
  • To manage and maintain adequate insurances for all academies within the MAT
  • To ensure that salary reconciliation is completed monthly, dealing with any queries

Management Responsibilities

  • To be responsible for the management of the performance and, personal and professional development of the Central Finance Team in liaison with the Finance Director
  • To be responsible for the setting of objectives of the Central Finance Team with the Finance Director and the assessment of those objectives through the appraisal processes
  • To assist in the development of staff in the wider Financial Management teams to meet the changing requirements of the Trust
  • To provide training to the Central Finance Team and financial roles within the schools where appropriate.

Professional Responsibilities

  • To maintain the integrity of the MAT’s financial systems, procedures and reports
  • To abide by the Financial Regulations and Academies Financial Handbook
  • To maintain professional standards within the Financial Management team
  • To ensure that Standing Orders, financial policies, Academies Financial Handbook and all relevant financial procedures are adhered to.
  • To deputise for the Finance Director as required
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required by the CEO, COO & Finance Director
  • To undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in line with the relevant institute requirements.

Remuneration Package:

  • Our client is offering an attractive salary of between £40,000 and £50,000 for the successful candidate.
  • There will be year-on-year incremental increases to salary.
  • Enrolment onto Government Pension Scheme where the trust contributes 25%.

If you would like to know more about this exciting Financial Controller opportunity, please apply direct of contact Rhys Gillings at AJ Chambers.

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