Financial Controller

Job Title: Financial Controller
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Warwickshire
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + plus benefits
Reference: 14093732_1587401467
Contact Name: Jane Bagni
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 20, 2020 17:51

Job Description

Responsibility for all finance and accounting operations, facilities, site management and college transport working closely with College Principal and other executives.

Client Details

My client is a growing college based in Warwickshire with a student population that's a mix of UK and internationally based individuals.


  • Preparation of the budget and financial forecasts including variance analysi
  • Preparing and publishing timely of monthly management accounts
  • Preparing weekly cash flows and bank reconciliations
  • Preparation of annual financial statements
  • Manage all aspects of payroll - payslips, pension calculations and payment of pension contributions and PAYE
  • Manage and comply with local and government reporting requirements and tax filings including VAT
  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • To ensure all areas of work are compliant with company policy and Ofsted/ISI regulations and DFE Boarding Schools: Boarding Minimum Standards
  • To maintain the college's financial records and undertake the day to day financial activities in support of the college's operation.
  • Ordering, processing and payment of all goods and services purchasing;
  • Contract management - phones, copiers, IT, utilities etc
  • Undertake any feasibility studies / project appraisals in respect of capital initiatives that the college may want to undertake
  • Overall responsibility for lettings of college premises to regular and ad hoc hirers, ensuring licence agreements are in place and an appropriate balance of maximisation of lettings income with college operations
  • Assist teaching staff with the budgeting and payment processing for college trips, clubs and activities
  • To determine how the college will best deliver the support activities - property and grounds maintenance programme, catering operation, college minibuses
  • Ensure the safe maintenance and operation of all college premises
  • Ensure the continuing availability of utilities, site services and equipment
  • Follow sound practices in estate management and ground maintenance. Negotiate contracts and obtain quotes for maintenance and project works. Ensure contractors follow instructions and requests. Monitor quality of work by contractors and manage all projects on the college site.

  • Ensure ancillary services e.g. catering, cleaning, etc are monitored and managed effectively

  • Liaise with the premises staff to ensure that minor repairs / caretaking general duties are carried out promptly and to the necessary standard

  • Work closely with the IT function to ensure structure is fit for purpose (Finance, Student Management, Fees Billing, Admissions etc)To attend and keep minutes of termly Management meetings and Shareholder Board Meetings, ensuring that all papers are distributed ahead of meetings and filed


  • Proven working experience as a Financial Controller
  • Experience of working in finance function in a college environment
  • 5+ years of overall combined accounting and finance experience
  • Qualified Accountant
  • Working with external auditors
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end and year end close process
  • Ideally some experience of estates or facilities management
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships (both internal and external) at all levels
  • Knowledge of UK Health and Safety legislation preferred
  • Knowledge and experience of Ofsted/DFE/ISI regulations and inspections
  • A flexible approach and a willingness to undertake tasks at all levels
  • Commitment to working in an educational setting
  • Ability to interrogate college performance data and finances
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure managing conflicting priorities and to meet challenging deadlines
  • Strong IT skills
  • Ability to communicate confidently and professionally with students, staff, parents

Job Offer

Salary up to £50,000 plus benefits