Trust Finance Cluster Lead

Recruiter
Burnt Mill Academy
Location
Essex
Posted
07 Dec 2018
Closes
10 Dec 2018
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Financial Controller (Trust Finance Cluster Lead)
Based at Designated Academies (across Essex) and Head Office (Harlow) as appropriate
Salary: Band 6, Points 43-47 (£39,077-£42,807 per annum including fringe allowance)
37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year Permanent

BMAT is a growing Multi-Academy Trust supporting Primary and Secondary schools across Essex and East London. We exist so that the schools in our network can be freed to truly succeed, with inspired teachers freed to really teach, and confident children freed to realise their true potential.

BMAT is the top performing Trust nationally for Primary outcomes. We have an exceptional record of staff progression across the Trust and believe in growing our staff to reach their full potential!
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
To provide finance leadership, support and guidance to local finance teams, Exec/Head Teachers and Academy Leadership Teams, with the development and management of Academies budgets.
To present budgets and financial monitoring returns to the central finance team
Seek to maximise grant funding from the Education Skills and Funding Agency and local authorities and interpret local authority and academy finance as appropriate
To purse cost effective and shared resources, including develop and implementation of local objectives, systems, processes relating to Finance and best value for money.
To present clear and concise financial information both verbally and in written form and ensure that academies are in compliance with group policy, the Academy Finance Handbook, management and audit reports, scheme of delegation and other finance policies and procedures.
To provide Academy finance monitoring, audit workbooks and internal control to enable a consistent approach to information required by Head Office, internal and external auditors.
To maintain financial oversight of other core Academy operational functions; HR, Premises, ICT and other support functions as appropriate. Reliance on key individuals at each Academy who manage these functions day to day.
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.
General Administration
Filing and Electronic Filing and maintaining of office records and responsible for archiving.
Such other duties of an administrative nature as may be required by the Trust Finance Staff.
Any reasonable request made by the Senior Finance Officer/Cluster Lead and Central Finance Staff.
All staff have a responsibility for the safeguarding and promotion of well-being of all pupils.
Health and physical capacity for the post

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