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Finance Officer

Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Finance Officer

Reporting to: Senior Finance Manager

Location: West London

Contract: Permanent - term time only plus 2 weeks (effectively working 41 weeks per year and having most of the school holidays as leave - effectively 0.9FTE)

Salary: £26,000 - £33,000 (FTE) depending on experience and qualifications (effectively £23,400 to £29,700 pro-rata)

Closing Date: 10m on 26 November 2021

Start date: ASAP

About the role:

This role will support in West London, working closely with the Senior Finance Manager (SFM) who oversees the cluster. The role will also provide some support to the wider North London region and work with the Regional Senior Finance Manager and Regional Finance Director.

As Finance Officer, you will be an integral part of the team responsible for ensuring high standards of financial integrity within the academies. For at least one school in the Region you will manage the day to day financial processing and management of the academy and aid in the production of financial reports ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook.

The purpose
  • To be responsible for accurate recording and maintenance of the Academy's finance database.
  • To support the SFM in the production of financial reports to the highest standard, to enable the Academy to make sound financial, strategic and commercial decisions. Particular attention must be paid to embedding best practice procedures and processes throughout the Finance department.
  • Responsible for ensuring information and records are kept to the highest standards.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

As directed by the Senior Finance Manager - for at least one school in the cluster:
  • Maintain all data relating to the Academy's accounts in accordance with the financial regulations
  • Maintain the general ledger accounts on the accounting system in order to ensure that accurate financial management information is provided to the Academy
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliations
  • Process purchase orders, receive delivered goods and process invoices. Check all invoices and orders to ensure that are accurate and within the designated amounts
  • Prepare monthly and periodic Academy financial reports and distribute to applicable stakeholders
  • Support SFM with external and internal auditors
  • Provide accounting information and schedules in connection with the production of the monthly and annual financial statements for the Academy
  • Provide financial support to teaching colleagues to ensure management information is understood and queries are efficiently and effectively managed
  • Provide training to operational colleagues to ensure their understanding and compliance with finance process
  • Support the Regional Finance Director with the production and communication of regional analyses and reporting
  • Support the Principal in fostering a strong sense of academy community and ethos, acting as a positive role model to staff and students
  • To drive forward change and initiatives which promote regularity, propriety, value for money and best standards

Key Requirements:

Qualification Criteria
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Experienced part-qualified accountant desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Experience of running effective administrative and financial systems, ideally within a school environment
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • High level of proficiency with PSF (accounting system) and HCSS (budgeting system) desirable
  • Experience using financial databases and confidence and interest in learning new technologies
  • Understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures and the ability to apply this understanding to real situations
  • Professional integrity and resilience, being resourceful and solution-oriented
  • Knowledge and understanding of the education sector, desirable

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service
  • We are committed to providing high-quality professional learning throughout your career with us and offer a variety of training sessions and experiences designed to meet your needs
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bicycle and gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym

About Ark

Ark is an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we are a network of 38 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference. We also incubate start-up programmes (Ark Ventures) that improve the education system.

How to Apply:

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by 10am on 26 November 2021 but please note : we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
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