Finance Manager

Posted 18 March by Marshall Moore
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An established and successful Multi-Academy Trust in the wider Liverpool area is currently seeking a driven and experienced Finance Manager to join the organisation and take ownership of the financial operations of the organisation. A broad role, and working closely with the COO on operational and strategic matters, the ideal candidate will have previous Financial Management experience within an educational setting.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • To assist the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the efficient provision of day to day financial management
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts, investigating variances and monitoring performance, assisting in the preparation of year end accounts and liaise with external auditors during year-end audit
  • Leading monthly budget holder meetings with Head teachers
  • Assisting with preparation of 3 year budget and half-yearly reforecast
  • Management of a small finance team
  • Ensure that month end process are completed accurately and within the required timescale
  • Lead in the accurate recording and monitoring of VAT for the Trust and aid in the timely production of any statutory returns
  • Review and approve payment runs for all entities, and monthly payroll, providing cover for payroll officer when required
  • Maintain the Trust’s fixed asset register
  • Ensure purchases are made in accordance with Trust requirements and in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation
  • To assist the COO with external returns to ESFA, HMRC and companies house
  • Ensure that all income due to the Trust is received and income opportunities are maximized
  • Research and bid for additional funding
  • To ensure the finance system is used effectively
  • Ensure value for money at all times
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations in place, financial and across the wider business
  • Assist with carrying out due diligence at any school wishing to join the Trust
  • Maintain confidentiality and follow GDPR at all times
  • Attend relevant training as the need or opportunity arises
  • Carry out all duties in a safe manner and in line with Trust policies and procedures
  • Any other duties as required by the COO / CEO that are commensurate with the grade for this post

The ideal candidate:

  • Will hold a relevant accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
  • Successful experience working within an academy or multi academy trust
  • Prior experience in a similar role in this industry
  • Previous management of significant public budgets would be beneficial
  • Experience with Accounting Packages, particularly Sage 200, along with advanced excel skills
  • Successful management of a team
  • Knowledge of Charities SORP, the Academies Financial Handbook and ESFA requirements would be beneficial

If the above role sounds like it would be an interesting opportunity for you, please apply for immediate consideration.

Reference: 40105082

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