Academy Finance & Business Manager

Hays A&F
England, County Durham, Darlington
£20.00 - £40.00 per hour
29 Nov 2018
27 Dec 2018
Andrea Morgan
Job Role
Finance Director
Contract Type
Level of qualification

Academy Finance & Business Manager in Darlington - interim contract

Your new company

A well established School Academy based in Darlington has a need for an experienced Finance Business Manager / Finance Director to provide interim cover.

As a member of the Academy senior team, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management and delivery of financial and HR services across the Academy. This will include the strategic planning, development and monitoring of financial services, staff supervision and responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the finance, resource and asset management services

Your new role

  • To be responsible for strategic planning of the Academy Finance & HR services to ensure that the Academy maximises the resources available and secures value for money from its staffing structure as well as the goods and services it procures.

  • To understand and be aware of that this role is intended to impact directly on positive outcomes for all of the children and young people in the Academy, through the effective use of resources.

  • To be responsible for the design, management and co-ordination of appropriate finance administrative systems across the Academy as required and to secure robust systems for quality controls.

  • To manage the Administration and Facilities team(s).

  • To be responsible for arranging daily cover for staff (if applicable), including the organisation of work and the distribution of the cover rota to all staff.

  • To report to Governors and the Governing Body where required.

  • To take the lead responsibility for liaising with the Academy's auditors.

  • Completion of all statutory returns to the DfE and ESFA.

  • Production of monthly Academy Management Accounts, including the production of a narrative report, followed by regular presentation to senior leaders and Directors as required.

  • Oversee the production of monthly management accounts as well as responsibility for ensuring that the regular reconciliation of the financial management system, to include completion of VAT returns, payroll reconciliations, bank reconciliations etc.

  • To determine the need for and arrange provision, analysis and evaluation of data for detailed reports, business cases etc.

  • To plan, develop and design monitoring systems which complement existing Academy policies and procedures; and to make a significant contribution to the SATs business plan.

  • To undertake, with complete discretion and in confidence, tasks as directed which may be of a sensitive and confidential nature as required by Senior Leadership and/or the Principal.

  • To use appropriate forums to provide advice, guidance and interpretation to the Academy and Senior Leadership in relation to policies and procedures, best practice guidance, legislation, National Standards and initiate appropriate action where necessary to ensure the Trust's compliance.

  • To support effective industrial relationships for all Academy employees and consult and negotiate with representatives of the recognised trade unions on a range of employment and HR related issues.

  • To develop and create for consultation, Academy policies and procedures relating to financial systems to complement and proactively ensure that the Board of Directors has information / data available in required format and within appropriate time scales.

  • To supervise and manage staff, for which you directly line manage, within the Academy including the management of their training, development and performance in line with the Academy's Performance Development Procedures.

  • To undertake research and obtain information on behalf of Senior Leadership and/or the Principal to assist with decision-making processes.

  • To actively promote the Academy and its services, and take a leading role where necessary and appropriate, including liaising with other partners e.g. ESFA, LA etc

  • To ensure that the service provided by Facilities Management are of the highest standard, represent value for money and are in-line with best practice.

  • To manage the capital building projects, ensuring agreed project objectives are fulfilled and regularly update the Academy Governors on progress.

  • To identify, review and appraise Academy resources as required and take a lead in the management of resources as appropriate.

  • Where appropriate, to take a lead in the procurement and securing of sponsorship funding and other income generating activities of the Academy.

  • To manage and review the procurement of Academy licences and insurance as required.

  • To manage and review Service Contracts and Service Level Agreements on behalf of Academy.

  • To ensure that financial policy and procedure is carried out in line with audit requirements, to include the management of cash flows, bank reconciliations, ledger management etc.

  • To carry out your duties with full regard to the Academy's Equality Policy.

  • To comply with Health and Safety policies, organisations statements and procedures, report any incidents/accidents/hazards and take a pro-active approach to health and safety matters in order to protect both yourself and others.

  • To act as the Fire Safety co-ordinator

  • Any other duties of a similar nature related to the post which may be required from time to time.

  • Any other reasonable requests directed by the Principal.

  • What you'll need to succeed
    Qualified or Part Qualified ACCA / CIMA and ideally from an education / public sector background although this is not essential.

    What you'll get in return
    A competitive salary and benefits package is available with an immediate start.

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