Chief Financial Officer & Deputy Chief Executive

Job Roles:
CEO/Managing Director, Deputy Chief Executive, Finance, Chief Executive Officer - FE related roles, Chief Finance Officer (FE)
Organisation Type:
Further Education
FE College
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
North West
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
Competitive salary + TPS/LGPS pension + relocation allowance
23rd Mar 2020
Start Date:
Job Ref:

Are you and experienced leader in education finance looking for a new challenge with a wider remit than just finance? Can you help lead and shape the future?

SK College Group is the corporate identifier of St Helens College (legal entity and employer) and is used to describe the organisation formed from the merger, in late 2017, of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College.

With an annual turnover of £30million, c. 12,000 students and c. 500 fte staff we provide services across the diverse Boroughs of St Helens and Knowsley and we have outstanding learning facilities in both Boroughs.

Our Board has built on the positive reputations of both pre-merger organisations and is seeking to strengthen this consolidation through strong leadership at an executive level. There have been some well documented post-merger financial and qualitive challenges but great strides have been made by the current management team that have been recognised by the FE Commissioner. Student 16-18 numbers are growing, and the College has successfully re-registered on the RoATP.

We have a proud history, a vibrant future and a sound business plan to chart our way forward.

Our Board is looking for an experienced Chief Financial Officer & Deputy Chief Executive who can both provide sustained performance and stimulate growth and improvement to work alongside our newly appointed Chief Executive & Principal and the wider senior leadership team.

As well as being accountable for the planning, implementation and control of the College’s financial processes, procedures, policies and overall financial health, you will also lead the Finance, MIS, Estates, IT, HR, Marketing/Student Services and Commercial functions. This is a wide ranging remit and it is expected that the exact areas of responsibility may be varied depending on your background and experience.

In return, the College offers a progressive market rate salary package, generous benefits, and a supportive Board of Governors, underpinned by superb staff and students who they are justifiably proud of.

You will be a CCAB qualified accountant who ideally holds a degree at Masters Level, and a demonstrable record of continuous professional development at senior level. A proven track record of senior level strategic leadership and management experience, and evidence of applying rigorous business planning that leads to an increase in funding or profitability is essential. It is also essential that the successful applicant can evidence experience of an approach to line management that empowers staff to perform at the highest level.

You may already be an established Finance Director or VP (Finance) working within the Education and Skills sector and looking for a new challenge in a more senior or wider reaching role. Regardless you should have experience of working in a public sector finance or regulated environment and experience of a wider corporate services background is also desirable.

Closing date: Monday 20th April 2020 @ 9.00 am
The Assessment Centre and Interviews are TBC.

SK College Group has appointed Protocol to support the recruitment of this position and for an informal and confidential discussion about this role contact Protocol’s David Beynon (07970 042334) or Ian Sackree (07795 271559). A conversation with the existing Interim Principal and Chief Executive Monica Box is also encouraged.

To find out how to apply for this role and to download an application pack visit:

SK College Group is committed to Equality and Diversity.

SK College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, students and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Contact Details:
Tel: 0115 911 1222
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