Director of Finance

Category: Principalship

Closing Date: Wednesday 29 March 2017 23:59

Salary: 55K - 65K per annum and healthcare package

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced finance professional to join one of the country’s most successful post-16 education providers.  In 2016, the results gained by our students placed the College in the top 10% of providers nationally, yet we continue to strive for better.

The Director of Finance will be an inspiring and innovative leader who will contribute actively to the strategic development of the College. As Director of Finance you will join a senior leadership team of three (the Principalship) reporting to the College Principal.  You will be responsible for the financial management of the College and its estate, supported by a team of finance specialists, including a Finance Manager, and an Estates Manager.

This College has an enviable reputation for success on every level including financial management.  Whilst maintaining its ‘outstanding’ financial rating by the funding agency, the College continues to navigate significant budget reductions imposed since 2011.   During the past 15 years it has grown annually: we now have around 3,650 students, and over 430 staff, with annual revenue approaching £18 million.  In the same period, through judicious financial management, we have invested £35m of capital development into the campus, largely funded from our own resources, to create outstanding learning facilities for teaching and learning.

But these are challenging and changing times in post-16 education.  Recent funding reforms, Ofsted and a national review of post-16 provision have rightly demanded more from colleges.  Whilst this presents challenges it also provides opportunities that, for this College, is likely to mean that we create a multi-academy trust with several local schools joining us in a new group-like structure.  This may happen as soon as September 2017, after which the role of the Director of Finance would change significantly.

Given this likely change, the College is seeking an exceptional person with the core financial and commercial skills together with the management and leadership capabilities needed as our organisation develops. You must hold a relevant and recognised accounting qualification and have significant post-qualification experience of working both strategically and operationally within a dynamic environment.

If you believe you have the skills and the desire to work in team where you can truly make a difference to the lives of young people, your background in terms of private/public sector is not important.  We will support you to understand the current College agenda and priorities in an evolving education landscape: however, you must enjoy a fast-paced challenge!

If you would like further information or an informal discussion before applying for this role please contact Simon Jarvis (College Principal) on

Initial interviews are scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.

To apply for this post please send your CV and a supporting statement (please, no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining why you believe you meet our requirements, to . You will also need to complete and return the application form, the declaration form and the equality monitoring form. 

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants, however all disabled applicants who meet our minimum criteria will be invited for interview. 

Any future offer of employment would remain subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including enhanced DBS clearance.

The College has an uncompromising commitment to the safeguarding of our students.