A qualified Accountant is needed for the Head of Finance role at St. Hugh's College, Oxford
Your new company
St Hugh's College, part of Oxford University, is a former women's college engaged in a process of reevaluating
many of its planning and financial procedures. The College wishes to appoint a College
Accountant who can play an active role in this process and in the initiation, development and
implementation of longer-term strategic and financial plans.
St Hugh's has a turnover of £12m and an endowment of £37m. Although not large by corporate
standards, colleges are complex environments that require sophisticated and sensitive management.
The College Accountant will therefore demonstrate an ability to grasp the complexities of the
College whilst providing a vision of how the Finance function can evolve to improve the overall
management and efficiency of the College. This will include compliance with charity SORP
Your new role
Essential to success in the role is the ability to work with a wide range of people with sensitivity and
integrity and to demonstrate leadership in developing the future of St Hugh's College. In particular,
it will be necessary to build good relationships with the academic Fellows of the College, who
constitute its Governing Body, and with members of the College's non-academic staff. An ability to
work with individual students is also important, as is a general sympathy for the College's academic
and educational ethos.
Reporting directly to the Bursar, the College Accountant is very much a "hands on" role, central to
the good running of the College and its future success. This is an opportunity to play an influential
role, supporting the ambitions of the College. Whilst leading the Finance Department (which will be
managed day-to-day by the Financial Controller) and ensuring that all financial matters are dealt
with in accordance with legislation and ethical accounting practice are the principal responsibilities
of the College Accountant, he/she will also play a role in the development of financial strategy, and
will be responsible for the flow of information to the Governing Body and external parties where
What you'll need to succeed
The College Accountant is directly, and through leadership of the Finance Office, responsible for
* providing support and advice to the Bursar on financial and investment matters;
* reviewing, assessing and commenting on the financial aspects of new initiatives;
* processing, recording and reporting all College financial transactions within the framework
set by generally accepted accounting standards, external regulatory requirements and also
College and University policies;
* organising and processing complex financial data and for ensuring that it is reported
accurately in the College Accounting system;
* reporting financial activity to budget holders, the Bursar and College Committees;
* managing the annual audit process and filing statutory accounts;
* co-ordinating and managing the production of the Annual College Budget; and
* assessing inputting and compiling financial figures for the Annual 5 Year Plan.
What you'll get in return
An attractive salary and pension scheme; 8% Employee contribution and 18% Employer contribution.
Free parking in an attractive, out of town location
What you need to do now
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