Finance and Operations Manager

Finance and Operations Manager

  • Location

    Hounslow, London

  • Sector:

    Part-qualified & Transactional Finance

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  • Salary:

    Up to £45000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Natasha Bosquet

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

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My client, based in the Education sector is currently seeking a Finance and Operations Manager to join them on a permanent basis. Based in Hounslow, the role will require occasional travel to other sites in London and the surrounding areas.

You will have a background within the Education sector and will be responsible for a team of four direct reports.

Your primary responsibilities will encompass the following:

●Responsible for the management of all financial and accounting operations within the academies.
●Responsible for the implementation and proper use of all AET financial systems within the academies.
●Control and monitoring of financial performance and position of the academies, ensuring compliance with financial regulations and ensuring value for money.
●Preparation of clear and timely monthly management accounts and reports for all relevant stakeholders, and any other financial reports as required by your line manager or the Principals and Headteachers.
●Ensure financial systems and processes are robust, efficient and fit for purpose, including their ongoing review and improvement.
●Responsible for ensuring effective systems of financial control are in place and being implemented over all areas of financial operation, including their ongoing review and improvement.
●Working within regulatory guidelines ensuring that all purchasing ensures that value for money is obtained for Academies Enterprise Trust.
●Responsible for the financial planning, including preparation of 5 year projections and one year budgets, in conjunction with the wider trust financial plan.
●Responsible for working with all budget holders to ensure that they are provided with monthly updates of their spend and advise them on all matters relating to their budgets.
●Act as budget holder for specific budget areas as required.
●Responsible for overseeing the payroll and other activities associated with this function, including pensions, ensuring monthly/annual returns are completed accurately and submitted within the required deadlines.
●Maintain and review of academies' risk registers, taking action to address any high risk areas.
●Responsible for all bank accounts including the academy's debit cards, completing monthly reconciliations and reposting banking errors to your line manager.
●Responsible for financial controls and processes around all aspects of cash management at the academies.
●Ensure audits undertaken by internal and external audit run smoothly and efficiently for the academies, and take appropriate actions for any recommendations made.
●Ensure prompt, efficient and accurate completion of all returns required by the ESFA, HMRC, Companies House, Teachers' Pensions, LGPS and all other relevant external bodies.
●Ensure any tax obligations of the academies are paid timely and correctly.
●Ensure that all funding and income streams are accurately recorded and reconciled, including ESFA funding, local authority funding, lettings, etc.
●Support the Headteachers and Principals in their maintenance and review of risk registers and taking action to address any high risk areas.
●Monitor of service level agreements and contracts to ensure effectiveness of delivery and value for money, negotiating more favourable terms where possible.
●Maintenance of an academy contracts register.
●Work with relevant colleagues to prepare bids for additional grant or capital funding.
●With the Finance and Operations Business Partner, provide regular analysis to establish a thorough understanding of the present state of the organisation's estate and facilities management including:
−linking with the organisation's objectives, needs and policies (from the business plan);
−identifying physical assets and space utilisation (from the capacity and condition assessment strategies);
−reviewing resources, processes and systems to provide a broad picture of the current provision of services; and
●Support the development and maintenance of forward looking, multi-year site development and maintenance plans in liaison with the Building Operations Managers and National Head of Operations
●Liaise with the Estates team to:
●Support the Finance and Operations Business Partner to develop Health and Safety procedure and strategy for the cluster to ensure compliance with the trust strategy
●Ensure delivery of Health and Safety across the estate in the Hub is line with policy

To apply, please submit your CV to this advert, shortlisting will take place over the next week.