The role of FE Commissioner was created in 2013 as an independent adviser to ministers at the Department for Education. The FE Commissioner is responsible for assessing the capacity of leadership and governance in colleges that have, or are at risk of, serious weakness in terms of quality or financial health. The FE Commissioner is supported by a team of Deputy Commissioners and Advisers.
As an FE Adviser specialising in finance, you will work closely with the FE Commissioner and Deputy FE Commissioners to assess underperforming colleges. You will take part in interventions, write reports and liaise closely with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and colleges to ensure that the necessary changes are delivered swiftly. This includes reviewing the position of relevant FE Colleges, and advising the FE Commissioner, ministers, and the ESFA on the appropriate course of action.
Your work will help to determine the best way further education can be delivered in any given area. You will need to take account of the needs of learners, employers, national and local FE policies, and value for money as part of the Government’s approach to support FE colleges and other FE institutions.
Successful candidates for this position will be highly experienced finance professionals within the FE sector. As a chartered accountant, you will have exceptional financial expertise and experience. You will also have excellent communication skills and the ability to draft clear, concise reports following college visits. The ability to influence stakeholders at the highest levels is paramount and you will need excellent management and interpersonal skills. You must also have the ability to work effectively with civil servants, ministers, college leaders and other stakeholders and will show resilience and the capacity to maintain a positive approach in challenging circumstances.
Appointments for this role will be on a two-year fixed term contract. FE Advisers are remunerated at £600 a day plus expenses. The expected start date for this role is December 2019. Inductions will take place prior to start date.
Closing Date: 23:00 on 30 September 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.
How to apply: Please visit the following link https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/further-education-finance-adviser/ or email FE.COMMISSIONER@education.gov.uk mailbox to request a applicant pack.
Interviews will take place on Monday 4 November 2019 in London and you will need to be available for this date.