College Accountant

Job Title: College Accountant
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxfordshire
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + pension, meals & private health cover
Start Date: February 2020
Reference: 3711378_1573752411
Contact Name: Andrew Wilson
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 14, 2019 17:26

Job Description

A fully qualified accountant is required for the implementation of longer-term strategic and financial plans.

Your new company
My client is one of the Colleges in the University of Oxford. Founded in 1929 expressly to widen access to Oxford University, it is an open, tolerant and creative academic community, with harmonious relations between its senior and junior members, and an atmosphere in which academic staff and students from many different backgrounds and countries mix easily and comfortably. The College currently comprises a Master and 65 Fellows and Lecturers in a wide range of subjects, about 350 undergraduate and 200 graduate students, 20 Visiting Students, and about 90 members of administrative and domestic staff.

Your new role
This role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to develop and grow, to manage and sensitively empower a respected team. The role has the potential to be a strong partner to the Bursar, assisting in determining the strategic direction of the College. The post holder will be invited to attend Governing Body and to articulate directly the College's financial position and related issues. The post holder will also attend several important committees in College such as Finance and Administration Committee and Buildings Committee.

The role of College Accountant is relatively unusual in being very directly connected to the places of
central decision-making in College. Where the post holder has demonstrated sustained strong
performance in role, the offer of a supernumerary fellowship may be considered.

The College Accountant will play a pivotal role in the delivery of a £20M project to create high quality student accommodation next to College, for which planning permission has been sought. Other future projects are possible.

Reporting directly to the Bursar, the Accountant is central to the good running of the College and its future success. This is an opportunity to play an influential role in supporting the ambitions of the College.

What you'll need to succeed
Ability to build good working relationships with people across the College community, including senior members, students and non-academic staff.
Ability to both initiate, develop and effectively implement appropriate financial systems.
A pro-active approach and a hands-on attitude is essential.
A willingness to understand the financial operations of the College in the context of the wider mission of the College is essential.

Essential Skills and Attributes:
Qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) with at least 5 years post qualification experience
Experience of managing a team
Experience of preparing accounts under Charities SORP
Good systems skills, with advanced excel and use of reporting tools
Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Skills and Attributes:
Working within a complex endowments and funds environment
An understanding of higher education combined with an appreciation of, and

What you'll get in return
Salary Oxford University academic-related grade 10: £55,750 to £64,605 p.a. Starting salaries are usually set at the bottom of the scale and then reviewed annually in line with the pay award for other salaried administrative staff. Some account of skills and experience may be taken into account.

Pensions Contributory Pension Scheme (Universities Superannuation Scheme).

Meals Membership of the Senior Common Room with full dining rights; all meals provided free of charge when the kitchens are open (there are occasional periods of closure, mainly during student vacations), and entitlement to bring guests at own expense.

Healthcare All staff are eligible to subscribe to the Oxford Colleges' Healthcare Scheme.

Hours Full-time administrative staff of the College are expected to work a nominal 35-hour week (with a one-hour unpaid lunch break each day). It is recognised that occasional out-of-hours working in the evenings and at weekends will be required and ordinarily time will be given in lieu. The College is prepared to consider flexible working arrangements.

Annual Leave Six weeks paid leave plus 8 days Bank Holidays in each leave year.

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