Head of Financial Control

University of Chichester



Part time – 30 hours per week

About this role

We are looking for an experienced Financial Accountant to join the Finance Department management team based at our Chichester campus. The Finance Department aims to provide services that allow the University to meet its statutory financial obligations and internal financial management objectives in a cost efficient, professional and timely manner. Please note our financial year is from 1st August to 31st July.

The post is responsible for the production and leadership of the annual statutory accounts and financial statements (both consolidated and for the University subsidiary), cashflow management and forecasting, bank covenant reporting, treasury management, taxation, asset recording and reporting, and will oversee the operational finance services of payroll and finance systems.

Supporting the Director of Finance, you will work closely with internal and external auditors, regulators and key stakeholders in delivering high-quality information within deadlines and adhering to statutory compliance requirements. You will provide professional leadership and technical expertise, ensuring robust financial controls are adhered to.

You will be required to provide financial information and scenario modelling for strategic University projects and report your findings to the relevant committee. It is expected you will deputise for the Director of Finance as required, including representation at senior management level meetings.

About you

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail and the ability to inspire, motivate and lead a team as the Head of Financial control. The successful candidate will have the relevant professional qualification and extensive professional experience at this level in a similar role. You will have an ability to quickly build effective working relationships, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be self-motivated, with a proactive attitude and experience of leading and motivating a team.

About us

We are a successful, modern university with clear values and a long history in Higher Education. We offer quality education and an excellent student learning experience in a beautiful region of the South Coast of England. We are a top 40 UK University (The Guardian University Guide 2022) and top 25 for NSS student satisfaction.

We are a University that prides itself on our sense of community, including an excellent staff experience.

Please note; this post is campus based. We are looking for the successful candidate to start end of May or sooner.

In addition to your salary, we offer a competitive reward package with a range of staff benefits and discounts which include:

  • Defined Benefit pension schemes via our providers the Local Government Pension Scheme. Your own monthly contributions are enhanced with employer contributions and a substantial automatic lump sum life cover scheme enhancement.
  • A paid closure period over the Christmas break is in addition to bank holidays and our generous holiday allowance and an occupational sickness scheme.
  • There’s also a free on-site gym; a cycle purchase salary sacrifice scheme; subsidised bus travel between our Bognor and Chichester campus’ and Chichester town centre; 24/7 Employee support line and extensive personal / professional training opportunities throughout the year.

Further enquiries are welcomed by: Claire Thorn, Director of Finance at [email protected]

  • Closing Date: Sunday 26th March 2023
  • Interview Date: Wednesday 5th April 2023

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion at every level because we believe a diverse workforce benefits us all.

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