Finance Consultant – Academy Finance

South East

Finance Consultant – Academy Finance

Hours: 37 hours per week (Mon - Fri)
Interviews: 02/08/2022
Closing Date: 25/07/2022
Salary: £44,000.00 - £47,000.00

Contract: Permanent, fulltime at 37hours

Salary: FTE £44,000 – £47,000 per annum, plus competitive benefits 

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, flexibility to travel to educational settings in Hertfordshire as required and occasional visits to Robertson House, Stevenage.

Are you a finance professional with strong accounting and internal audit skills, looking for a rewarding career putting your skills to support the education sector?

Are you looking for a varied role, in a constantly changing but rewarding environment, where no two days are the same?

Are you looking for the opportunity for flexible, hybrid working arrangements?

Could this opportunity fulfil your next career move?

Herts for Learning is the UK’s largest School Company. We operate as a social enterprise on a not-for-profit basis and are a leading provider of school improvement and business support services, training and resources, that enable schools, settings and trusts to deliver a great education.

We focus on supporting the schools we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children, and we are proud to operate with a not-for-profit ethos.

The role: We are looking for an experienced, qualified accountant to join our Academy finance team, working with senior clients in academy trusts, to support them to meet their financial management and reporting responsibilities alongside overseeing the delivery of our internal assurance services to academy trusts.

The candidate: You are already a highly successful, self-starter finance professional; you have proven abilities to work unsupervised and using your initiative to achieve outcomes. You will be comfortable working with a varied range of clients, understanding their needs and experience to add value through your practitioner guidance and recommendations. You manage your time and outputs well to deliver against deadlines, and with genuine credibility built through the experience of your current role.

This is an exciting time to join the team. With recent sector announcements you will be well-placed to support the development and delivery of new HfL services to academy trusts, and for assisting schools converting to academies in the future.

Benefits: an annual salary of FTE £44,000 to £47,000, a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, and benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of working on-site across various schools and settings, remote working and occasional visits to our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

This is a great opportunity to join our diverse and successful team, and to have the opportunity to support academy trusts and settings.

Would you like to know some more about this opportunity, please contact Louise Shaw who would be happy to chat to you on 07931 530320 or email [email protected]

To apply, email [email protected] with a detailed CV along with a cover letter to include responses to the following questions:

  1. Please explain your motivation for wishing to join HfL and to work with schools?
  2. Please outline your experience in delivering internal audit duties and oversight
  3. Please describe how you have managed and delivered your role effectively against multiple and conflicting priorities
  4. Please describe how you would approach using these skills within an environment with a portfolio of fee-paying external clients
  5. How do you build relationships with colleagues in your team, to support areas such peer review and developing new practices and services, when the majority of your work is completed or performed remotely? (ie off-site)

As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we will be anonymising your forms.

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above.

We would love to hear from you.

Closing Date:  Monday 25th July at 9am

Interview Date: Tuesday 2nd August in Stevenage.

HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-racist position statement  which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.

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