Director of Finance and Services

Job Title: Director of Finance and Services
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire
Salary: £54971.00 - £66265.00 per annum + generous pension
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 3890934_1605293840
Contact Name: Andrew Wilson
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 13, 2020 18:57

Job Description

A qualified accountant is needed for a Director of Finance and Services role in South Oxfordshire.

Your new company
My client is a multi-academy trust which comprises two secondary schools, a primary school as well as a mixed sixth form of some 320 boys and girls.

The schools have a commitment to the very highest standards and are an exciting and happy place to work where real attention is given to professional development and staff wellbeing. The Trust has a strong sense of identity and a tangibly vibrant ethos. Both secondary schools are unique as the only single sex state schools in Oxfordshire and all three schools share the same strong values of high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community.

Your new role
To provide strategic vision and leadership in finance and business-related aspects of the work of the Trust and its schools in support of its overarching aim of raising achievement and providing a high quality education to all students within the Trust. Providing leadership for collaborative working based on the Trust's strong shared values of inclusivity, high standards and respectful relationships. This role has a critical part to play in medium and long term strategic development and planning for the Trust.

What you'll need to succeed


Educated to degree level, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline
Hold a professional accountancy qualification
Working knowledge of risk management strategies and management processes
Extensive knowledge of procurement processes, including tendering
Working knowledge of HR process, procedure and legislation
Significant leadership experience in any sector
Experience of taking the lead in constructing and managing organisational budgets
Experience of monitoring a range of high value contracts to ensure KPI requirements are met, including Value for Money
Evidence of successfully leading and developing multi-functional teams
Experience of preparing effective and meaningful reports for a range of stakeholders including Board and management levels
Experience of leading on external and internal audits
Experience of preparing costed business plans for complex organisations
Successful track record of managing complex projects from inception to completion.
Demonstrate drive, energy, resilience, and the ability to inspire and motivate others.
Be able to articulate and deliver a clear vision for a high-quality provision in a Trust context


Significant leadership experience in the education, charity or government funded sector
A thorough knowledge of the sector funding, regulatory and legislative frameworks
A thorough knowledge of the funding, regulatory and legislative requirements for multi academy trusts
Working knowledge of statutory compliance and facilities management
Experience of leading on HR strategy

What you'll get in return
A competitive salary.
An operational FD position with a seat on the Exec Board
A very generous local government pension scheme.
Flexible working options available.
Above statutory holiday allowance - 36 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
Free parking

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