Head of Finance

Job Roles:
Finance, Head of Department, Manager, Other
Organisation Type:
Other Workplaces
Other Organisation
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
South West
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
7th Dec 2017
Start Date:
Wessex Education Shared Services
Job Ref:

Location: WESS - Bournemouth

Are you looking for a Senior Finance role where you can lead an integrated shared service finance function?

Do you relish a challenge and want to join a very busy organisation as the Head of Finance?

Are you a qualified ACA, ACCA or CIMA accountant with previous management experience?

If so, this is an exciting opportunity to join this innovative mid-size company as our senior finance leader. If you have exceptional leadership and communication skills, are motivated by a dynamic organisational environment, and have a track
record of delivering an outstanding customer-centric service through your team we want to hear from you.

WESS is a friendly but highly ambitious company. We operate in the further education college sector across Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest providing a full suite of business support services including transactional finance processing, accountancy and MI reporting, learner data management (admissions, enrolments, examinations), and HR. We employ about 85 people directly and support two FE Colleges with a combined income of about £50M and serving over 15,000 learners and employers annually. The Head of Finance Shared Services is a senior team post, reporting directly to the Executive Head, and is a critical role designing, leading and managing Finance shared services service delivery, and ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations.

In addition to a competitive salary WESS offers a generous pension, a flexible approach to working, and employee assistance and reward programmes.

You must be a qualified accountant and we anticipate that you will have at least 5 years leadership and management experience in service-oriented environments. You will have an excellent working knowledge of utilising and developing finance technology systems and reporting, and be able to use a range of software for communications, analysis and forecasting purposes. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate effective communication and negotiation skills with stakeholders at all levels
in the organisation. Experience working in the education sector may be an advantage. You will be required to travel between the various locations at which we provide services.

Next Step

If you are interested in this Head of Finance role please complete our application process by clicking apply and completing the application form on our careers page.

Please be aware we only accept fully completed applications, therefore please take the time to complete our application form.

Closing date for all submissions is 07 January 2018 and we will interview and hire successful candidates shortly after this.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying please email info@wess.ac.uk so that we can arrange a date and time.

Interviews will take place in Bournemouth in mid-January.

Safeguarding Recruitment Statement

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks which includes an enhanced DBS check as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK.

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