Director of Finance

Salary: up to £57k p.a.

Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 5 May 2021

On-site interview date: Wednesday 12 May 2021

 

Barnsley College
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Introduction

WE TRANSFORM LIVES!

Barnsley College has a simple and clear vision - to Transform Lives. The delivery of strong financial outcomes and excellent financial services are a key element to us achieving our vision and strategic priorities. We are now seeking a new Director of Finance to provide additional leadership capacity to help us to achieve our financial targets and plans. Working to the Vice Principal for Finance, the post holder will provide outstanding financial management, will lead on reporting and will make a significant contribution to ensuring our ongoing positive financial performance.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this crucial appointment.

Interested parties are advised to arrange an initial discussion with either Matt.Atkinson@fea.co.uk or Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, before the closing date and prior to submitting an application.

About Us

April 2021

Dear Colleague

Director of Finance

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Finance with us here at Barnsley College. This senior management team role is crucial to the achievement of our strategic aims and objectives and I very much hope the information we have provided gives you a sense of the role, the college and our requirements.

Barnsley College is a large tertiary college serving the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough and surrounding areas in South Yorkshire. The College is the main provider of post-16 education in the borough and plays a vital role within the Yorkshire and Humber region. The College achieved outstanding at its last Ofsted inspection (November 2010) and continues to deliver outstanding teaching and learning and very strong outcomes for learners. At the end of 2018, we piloted Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework and received very positive feedback.

We have a very buoyant offer for young people with around 4,300 full time students enrolled at the College - 800 of these learners are enrolled on A Level programmes in our sixth form; 3,300 on vocational programmes; and just over 200 enrolled on other provision.

Adult provision is relatively small compared to other colleges with around 1,300 adults on college-based courses. However, we do have a successful HE provision which enrols around 650 students and we have clear ambitions to grow this to over 1,000. Our apprenticeship provision is strong and we work with around 2,500 apprentices achieving success rates consistently amongst the best in the country.

We occupy a very important position in the local community and our presence in the town centre has been strengthened over the past eight years due to the heavy level of investment we have made including our £48m main building completed in 2011; the new theatre completed in 2012; and the STEM Centre where extensive refurbishments were completed in 2015. Our Honeywell site which is 400 metres from the main College building, was completed in 2008 and extended in 2014, and delivers an excellent Sports Academy which has an excellent national reputation. Also on the Honeywell site is the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ completed in 2012 and a large new Construction Centre which opened in 2016. Our estate also includes Wigfield Farm, a working farm and visitor centre set in Worsbrough Country Park and our new £17m Barnsley Sixth Form College building completed in January 2016.

We have excellent relationships with local schools and we currently provide courses to around 400 school pupils aged 14 to 16. A small, recent addition to the College work has been full time provision for previously ‘Elective Home Educated’ 14 to 16 year old students directly funded via the ESFA. The College is also the main sponsor of the Wellspring Academy Trust, established in 2012.

The College works closely with a range of strategic partners including Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and both the Sheffield City Region and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnerships. The College also has strong relationships with large, local, private sector employers developing flexible programmes to meet their business needs. We are also increasingly working directly with local employers to ensure that our full time students are able to progress into employment.

In order to provide additional leadership capacity to the college’s finance function we have introduced this new role of Director of Finance. The introduction of this new role is as a consequence of the significant developments occurring across the college. As an Ofsted outstanding college with good financial health and strong EBITDA performance, we are at the forefront of a number of initiatives and have been successful in securing additional funding to achieve our ambitions. As a result of the development journey we are on, we need to strengthen our finance capacity and increase the leadership support we are able to provide to our colleagues across the College.

This post is responsible for providing outstanding financial management and for achieving our financial targets and plans. You will lead on financial reporting and will play a key role in ensuring our financial sustainability. To succeed in this role you will be a fully qualified accountant, will have experience at a senior level in an organisation of similar size, scale and complexity and will be able to work at the pace required in an ambitious organisation.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this crucial appointment. Interested parties are advised to arrange an initial discussion with either Matt.Atkinson@fea.co.uk or Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, before the closing date and prior to submitting an application.

I very much hope you recognise the opportunity this role provides and if you feel you share our desire and determination to achieve our vision and mission, I look forward to receiving your application.

With best wishes

Laila Lawton
Vice Principal Finance

 

 

How to Apply

If you have the very special qualities and the passion to make a real a difference to the future of our students and business, then we would like to hear from you.

Please complete the registration form below to access the candidate information pack, application and equality and diversity forms.

NB:  Please ensure you complete all fields and click on both the Terms and Conditions check box as well as the Consent check box to enable access to the documents.

Interested parties are encouraged to arrange an initial conversation with either Matt.Atkinson@fea.co.uk or Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, ahead of the closing date and prior to submitting an application.

Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 5 May 2021

On-site interview date: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Stage 1 of 2: Complete the form below

    How to Apply

    Thank you for registering your interest. You can now download the following information relating to the Director of Finance role of Barnsley College.

    Stage 2 of 2: Submitting Your Application

    Interested parties are advised to arrange an initial discussion with either Matt.Atkinson@fea.co.uk or Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, before the closing date and prior to submitting an application.

    Once you have obtained the full information and had an informal discussion with either Matt or Jo, you must email your application to recruitment@fea.co.uk by the closing date deadline. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

    Please read the 'How to Apply' Section in the Candidate Information Pack for full instructions on how to submit your application.

    Please DO NOT submit a CV as part of, or a substitute for, the application form.

    Your application must include the following 2 documents:

    1. A fully completed Application Form (located above).
    2. The Equality and Diversity Form (located below the Application Form above).

    Key Dates for Submitting Your Application:

    Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 5 May 2021

    On-site interview date: Wednesday 12 May 2021