Trust Finance Cluster Lead

Recruiter
Burnt Mill Academy
Location
Essex
Posted
15 Aug 2018
Closes
29 Aug 2018
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Band 6, Points 43 - 47 (£38,822 - £42,552 per annum inc. fringe allowance)Full time, 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Specific Responsibilities

Support to existing academies:

Review and provide financial support to the finance staff in the cluster, ensuring monthly accounts, forecast outturn and reports are accurate and timely.
Review all internal control documents and workbooks to ensure they are complete and accurately reflect the control environment.
Offer systems and accounting support to BMAT Academies in the local area/cluster identifying and implementing region synergies in consultation with the Central Finance Team
Contribute to the strategic direction of BMAT Academies and assist Academy Executive Heads to develop financial plans, taking into account the ESFA and relevant government guidelines and other sources of information including the parameters set by BMAT.
Support Academies with the preparation of the monthly management accounts, forecasts, internal control checklists, audit work books and other financial and non-financial reports. Explain all significant variances and compliance issues to all relevant stakeholders, in accordance with agreed timetables
Assist with the development and implementation of robust systems to manage budgets, supporting the Trust and Executive Heads to ensure that spending remains within agreed limits
Ensure that Academies are compliant with group policies, account processing and reconciliations are performed as directed by BMAT.
Optimise the benefit to the Academies of funding from grants and other sources, by identifying funding opportunities, ensuring that opportunities are utilised, ensuring that out of hours use of grounds and premises is maximised to generate income, drafting funding bids, interpreting criteria and advising colleagues within the Academies to ensure that funding is used appropriately.
Identify and develop strategies for the area/cluster that will benefit and contribute to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Academies, such as exploring synergies and opportunities for partnership working, shared services and resources and value for money.
Support and manage academies external audit data collection requirements and internal audit / responsible officer visits and reporting, answering all queries in a timely manner, and supporting suggested improvements.
Taking a lead in key financial projects and improvement Initiatives.
To have responsibility for the management of key finance personnel within the designated Academies, in conjunction with the Executive Heads
Working flexibly across the designated academies, building good working relationships with Head Office, Academy finance staff and Executive Heads. Investigating better ways of working and introducing measures to improve systems and achieve economies of scale where possible.

New Academies responsibilities

To assist in the preparation of budgets for new BMAT Academies within the area, if appropraite
To ensure all financial aspects of opening new academies are completed including ensuring appropriate contracts are transitioned / signed up for, setting up BMAT systems, and completing other financial aspects relating to opening a new academy
Providing post-opening support to new academies, ensuring accounts, forecasts and reports are accurate and timely. This will also include reviewing all internal control documents to ensure they are complete and accurately reflect the control environment of the academy

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