Haringey Education Partnership – Head of Finance

Haringey Education Partnership

Haringey Education Partnership is a not-for-profit, schools-led school improvement company established by Haringey and Enfield schools in partnership with Haringey Council from September 2018. We exist to improve outcomes for children and young people through delivering the best school improvement available anywhere in the country. We support all types and phases of schools in Haringey and Enfield who want to work with us and our family of 100 schools.

Our vision is to inspire our schools so every child and young person is able to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our mission is to raise outcomes for all in HEP schools so achievement is as good as, or better than, anywhere in the country.

Role Profile

We are seeking to engage a highly motivated and experienced qualified accountant to lead the finance function following a period of set up and growth.

This is a hands on, top-table strategy role, and you will have the assistance of a part-time finance assistant.

We are a small company and the post holder will be expected to contribute broadly across the business, particularly in identifying and delivering new commercial opportunities.

The role straddles financial and management accounting, and the post holder will have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, in being the chief financial advisor to the board, and in being a business partner to the leadership team and beyond.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that business processes, administration and financial management are as efficient as possible
  • Assist the Chief Executive in the identification and delivery of business development opportunities
  • Undertake and present the finance work associated with new services or products, ensuring that the associated commercial strategies (such as pricing) are appropriate
  • Act as chief financial advisor to the board and the finance committee
  • Act as business partner to company budget holders in the preparation and presentation of tailored financial management information
  • Lead the maintenance of the accounting system (Quickbooks)
  • Lead planning and forecasting activities with business partners to achieve business and company goals
  • Prepare and present financial reports for the company’s finance committee and board
  • Prepare and present financial forecasts by modelling scenarios
  • Ensure legal compliance with respect to Insurance, Companies House and HMRC requirements
  • Prepare revenue, expense, cash flow and balance sheet analysis as required
  • Lead on the preparation of the annual budget
  • Assist management to make better financial decisions to improve financial sustainability
  • Provide the management and development of the financial assistant
  • Review and process payments of creditors and employees (payroll is currently outsourced)
  • Participate and, where appropriate, lead in the execution of changes to procedures, policies and systems to facilitate expansion, compliance and scaling of the business
  • Prepare final accounts and lead the external audit
  • Prepare and submit quarterly VAT returns and the annual corporation tax return
  • Build and maintain constructive relationships with auditors, solicitors and the bank
  • Oversee the correct accounting for the relationship with HEP’s charitable arm, HEP Horizons
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role

Person Specification

  • Qualifications
    • Fully Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CPFA)
    • Demonstrable CPD
  • Financial Accounting
    • Technical knowledge commensurate with a small business
    • Preparation of VAT and Corporation tax returns
    • Preparation of final accounts
    • Leading on annual audit
  • Management accounting
    • Budget preparation and monitoring
    • Evidence of business partnering with non-finance managers
    • Preparation and presentation of financial management information to committee and board
  • Business Development
    • Evidence of working commercially, preparing finance work for business development
    • Evidence of cross-organisation working
    • Evidence of commercial development aptitude
  • Management
    • Evidence of managing and developing staff
    • Evidence of influencing skills

Personal Qualities

You will:

  • Have strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to build relationships quickly
  • Be adaptable with good organisational skills
  • Be a team player, with the confidence to lead, motivate and influence
  • Have a commitment to customer-focussed working
  • Have a passion for improving outcomes for children and young people
  • Have an understating of the issues around diversity and anti-discrimination and a commitment to both

Requirements

  • The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

Details and how to apply

Post title:         Head of Finance

Location:         Crouch End, N8. HEP is based at Hornsey School for Girls

Hours:             Full-time, 35 hours per week (will consider part-time for an exceptional candidate)

Salary:             £60-70k per annum + generous pension

How to apply

To apply, please submit a comprehensive CV along with a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 setting out your interest in the role along with details of how you would deliver on the responsibilities of the role and how you meet the skills and experience required.

Contact James Page to discuss the role further on james.page@haringeyeducationpartnership.co.uk

Completed applications should be sent to the same email address.

Closing date:   15th August 2022, noon

Interviews:       w/c 22nd August 2022