Schools Accountant

Barnet, UK
20 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Becoming a Schools Accountant with Capita Local Government:

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced finance professional to join a developing service to schools. The role is varied, requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and travelling to various schools by car.

This role is being offered either full (37.5 hour per week) or part time (20 hours + per week) but school term time only.

What you will do:

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for delivering traded services to schools, which can include the following subject to the schools supported:

Accountancy Service

Carry out the requirements of the service specification to maintained schools for the Accountancy Service, and other financial services purchased by schools. Provide advice and guidance on financial matters such as budget costing, budgetary control, year-end budget forecasts, financial systems and documentation, Contract Standing Orders for Schools, accounting requirements, HMRC VAT regulations, cash-flow monitoring.Attend adhoc daytime and evening meetings with Governors to give financial advice, present monitoring reports and to deal with financial issues.

School Business Manager Service

To provide a "School Business Manager" service to schools covering some of the following areas -
  1. Management support
  2. Finance/accountancy Plus
  3. HR Administration
  4. Facilities Management
  5. Risk management/Health & safety
  6. Procurement and contract management,

Service to Academies and Free Schools

To provide a "Financial Service" to an Academy in accordance with the Service Agreement and the requirements of the DfE/EFA and legislation and regulations relevant to the academy Trust as a company and charity.

Support and Consultancy Services

Make visits to schools to provide support on topics such as implementation of audit reports, use of the accounting package, preparation of year end returns, auditing of schools unofficial funds.

Provide support and consultancy in respect of
  • Advising schools on the completion of the Schools Financial Value Standard.
  • Guidance on medium and long term financial planning including preparation of Recovery Plans and solving budgetary problems
  • Prepare or review the school financial management policy and procedures.

Helpdesk and Training

Provide Helpdesk telephone support on the use of RM Finance; use of HCSS Budget software, accounting and financial requirements; participate in delivering training courses.

Your experience will include:

  • An excellent communicator with staff and customers; able to explain financial matters to non-financial staff
  • A competent user of accounting packages and Microsoft Office
  • AAT or part/fully qualified accountant
  • Able to prioritise tasks and work under time limits to deliver a service specification
  • A car owner/driver
  • Willing to work in a number of different locations

  • Experience of schools finance and business management
  • A full accounting qualification (e.g. CIPFA or other CCAB or CIMA)
  • Certificate in School Business Management
  • Able to influence Headteachers re solutions to budget or financial control issues
  • Able to supervise and motivate staff.

About Capita Local Government

For over 25 years, Capita has been the UK's leading provider of services to local government. We help councils to improve efficiency, provide better services and become more commercially sustainable. Join us and you'll be part of a team providing a full range of back office, middle office and customer facing services.

What's in it for you?

At Capita, we believe an open, transparent working environment that encourages ingenuity and collaboration - with colleagues, customers and clients - is what makes us so effective at what we do.

As well as a generous basic salary, we also give you company matched pension scheme and access to a variety of voluntary benefit options. You'll be joining a network of some of the most experienced, innovative and dedicated people in the country - the opportunities to learn new skills, develop your career and grow and as we grow are almost endless. Our mission is to help you realise your potential - whatever that means to you.

What we hope you will do next

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