Finance Manager

London (Greater)
08 Feb 2019
02 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Adecco are recruiting for a Finance Manager (Schools) to work in a local authority in Wandsworth. *Please apply online with your CV AND send your cv *Please note that only successfully shortlisted candidates will be contacted*

Finance Manager (Schools)



Full time

£20.99 p/hr

Job Purpose:

To provide the best possible guidance to the Directorate’s Senior Management Team and Budget Managers on financial matters including budgets, forecasts, value for money reviews, technical issues and financial controls, and financial reporting. To produce and provide accurate and timely information and reports to the Head of Finance and Education Finance lead, the Directorate’s Senior Management Team, Director of Resources, and Members of the Council to support decision making.

The individual will also be working closely with the central Financial Control Team, central Finance, internal and external audit as well as service managers. There will also be a significant role to play in modelling and monitoring the achievement of departmental year on year savings, and providing finance support to commissioning, procurement and efficiency programmes, including undertaking complex financial option appraisals.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1 To ensure that the services for both Councils are dealt with on an equitable basis to deliver the standards required for each, as agreed annually by the Executives of both Councils.

1 To provide operational and motivational leadership of staff, providing a visible presence to the workforce and promoting a good working environment with the primary aim of delivering high quality services.

1 To provide effective management of staff, including recruitment, training, development and appropriate application of policies and codes of practice on staffing matters.

1 To ensure all Member queries about service delivery are dealt with promptly and effectively.

1 To advise and support senior managers on relevant service and operational matters, including financial modelling and options for service reviews and change programmes.

1 To effectively support departmental budget holders in the management of their budgets, including ensuring that all necessary processes, controls and procedures are carried out in a timely and effective way.

1 To assist with and as required lead change programmes within own service areas/teams.

1 To ensure that financial information and systems needed for service commissioning, market testing and contract management processes are in place and operating to all required standards.

1 To contribute towards the development of good working relations and collaborative arrangements with relevant organisations, including private, voluntary and other public organisations, to forge effective partnership working.

1 Responsible to the Head of Finance and the Education Finance lead for providing comprehensive professional financial management services across the department, directly and through the management of the finance teams, and for maintaining, monitoring and reporting on the department budget accurately and to set deadlines.

1 Maintains a continuous programme of monitoring the financial performance of the department, proactively identifying and resolving issues and problems that arise and working using own knowledge and initiative to take appropriate corrective action, including supporting budget managers in their decision making.

1 Oversees preparation and effective completion of the monthly departmental forecast and budget plans, ensuring that individual forecasts are comprehensive, sound and consistent with accounting principles. Produces meaningful forecast reports, including detailed variance analysis reports each month.

1 Ensuring that High Needs data that drives High Needs funding ton schools is maintained and schools are correctly funded for those pupils on roll with an Education, Health and Care Plan. This include reviewing the data within the SEN Placement Model / Database for accuracy.

1 Using the SEN Placement Model / Database support the Education Finance Lead to ensure that the High Needs Block forecast is accurate.

1 Ensure that the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) budgets in the accounting system match the expected funding that Wandsworth will receive in the year. Where required post budget virements to correct budgets.

1 Ensure that DSG payments and budget virements have been posted correctly and to the correct codes. Where necessary ensure that corrections are made.

2 Responsible for year-end accounting procedures and processes, ensuring that all income and expenditure is accounted for in line with the relevant accounting regulations within the required deadlines, so ensuring accurate closing of the departmental accounts/budgets, and the production of detailed, accurate and timely working papers in preparation for the external audit

Adecco acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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