Finance Manager

Job type:Perm
Salary/Rate:£50,000 per annum
Job ref:39298
Post Date:09. 02. 2024

About the Role

Harper May is currently working with a prestigious and leading education group committed to shaping the future through quality education. With a strong reputation for excellence, innovation, and dedication to student success, they are continuously expanding their reach and impact. As they continue to grow, they are seeking a dynamic and experienced Finance Manager to join their team.

As a Finance Manager you will play a crucial role in overseeing and managing the financial activities of the organisation. You will work closely with senior leadership to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the operations while adhering to regulatory requirements and best practices in financial management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare management accounts and full consolidated statutory accounts
  • Provide financial advice and support to colleagues to enable them to make sound business decisions
  • Lead and Manage the Accounts Department
  • Preparation of reports and schedules for the Finance Committee and Board, and produce accurate minutes of meetings where required
  • Line management and development of the Finance Team
  • Day-to-day management of the financial resources and accounts functions, such as budget reviews, wage queries, fee queries, journals and internal transfers
  • Lead the development, consolidation and communication of the annual budget and reforecasts including supporting schedules and commentary for all the School’s activities, including the various commercial operations.
  • Prepare termly detailed management accounts incorporating variance analysis, KPI’s and supporting commentary for management review
  • Regularly review and update the organisation’s five-year financial forecast, assumptions and cash flow forecast reflecting the latest available information
  • Support the preparation and review of the annual capital expenditure and major projects expenditure including analysis and regular updates as required
  • Provision of ad-hoc reports required by regulators, banks or other key stakeholders including the provision of analysis and information to support claims
  • Oversee and support the running and payment of BACS payments for all companies by the Finance Team
  • Preparation of year end accounts and supporting documents, liaising with external auditors
  • Preparation of information for trading activities and subsidiaries for audit and tax purposes
  • Preparation of budgets to the Accountabilities
  • Maintain debtor register, add interest for late payments, manage debt provision and write off
  • Dealing with utilities and lease contracts
  • Investment and cash management
  • Authorising payments including final review and payment of payroll
  • Record capital spend and asset information, maintain the fixed asset register
  • Adhere to VAT regulation, application of correct VAT treatment, returns
  • Ensure adherence to the financial procedures and controls and where necessary support the development of improvements to reflect best practice that maintains a fit for purpose internal control framework
  • Ongoing review with the finance team and key stakeholders of finance and internal systems to continually improve systems and processes, including anti-fraud and cyber awareness
  • Oversight of bank relationship including maintaining bank mandates and management of the organisation’s credit cards including users, limits and queries
  • Work with HR in maintaining and developing systems for payroll
  • Support budget holders with advice and guidance in the management of and preparation of department budgets
  • Liaise with and support the Chief Operating Officer with financial information and analysis relating to the performance of the various commercial activities of the School, including support for new business initiatives

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Fully qualified ACA / ACCA / CIMA
  • Must have extensive experience in leading and developing finance functions
  • Strong technical accounting skills are highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Previous experience of managing and developing staff
  • Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment 
  • Excellent Excel skills 
  • Experience of finance systems plus developing them to meet business needs
  • Experience of financial control and reporting, cash flow management and forecasting
  • Natural financial acumen and commercially aware

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