Director of Finance

Salary: £80,000 per annum

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 March 2024

Interview date: To be confirmed

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Introduction

Waltham Forest College is one of London’s most successful colleges with a vision to inspire learners to create their future.

We are seeking a qualified finance professional from within the education sector to join our highly visible senior leadership team. You will be a strategic thinker who is happy to drive strategy whilst remaining hands on, leading and developing our finance function. If you have a real eye for detail, enjoy staff development and would thrive in a fast-paced culture where you are empowered to make a difference, we would be keen to hear from you.

We have retained the services of FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. Interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation with our lead consultant, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role before the closing date.

About Us - Welcome

Dear colleague,

Director of Finance 

I want to thank you for your interest in joining us for this exciting leadership role at Waltham Forest College. I am delighted that you are investing the time in considering this role and the college to progress your future career.

I am proud that our college is in the top three performing FE colleges in London. With overall student achievement rates over 90%, a sustained, outstanding financial health rating and a strong reputation, Waltham Forest College is well placed to continue with our ambitious vision for the future. We have a clear mission focused on delivering outstanding technical, professional and academic learning which raises aspirations, develops skills and creates futures.

Our team are central to us achieving our vision and delivering on our mission. Our strong and sustained financial position enables us to reinvest in our students, staff and college estate, ensuring we can offer state-of-the-art, industry facilities to train the next generation workforce.

Our commitment to our sustainability strategy has resulted in a reduction in our carbon footprint by 36% over the past year; we want to continue this drive with continued investment to support our strategy.

Teaching, learning and assessment aligned to meeting skills needs, including support for learning, are the focus for our core business. Our business support areas are key to our success, offering the highest standards of customer services, enabling the front line teams to be well equipped and supported to help our leaners to achieve to the best of their ability. If you are committed to working with an organisation with such aspirations, then I would love to hear from you.

Culture underpins our success in providing our community, employers and students with the services they deserve in order to get them the highest quality employment opportunities possible. Underpinning our culture are our core values: Integrity, Inclusion, Excellence and we would expect candidates to be able to demonstrate these. The college is a fast-paced environment, where leaders, managers and staff are empowered to make change and drive further improvements and innovations. We are one of the fastest growing colleges in London with high expectations and aspirations for our students, our staff and our college. If you thrive in this kind of environment, if you are solutions-focused and you want to be part of a diverse, high-performing team then we would love to hear from you.

To succeed in this role, you will be comfortable with working between the strategic and operational domains; developing and driving strategy whilst rolling up your sleeves to ensure our operational processes meet the needs of the business. You will be highly resilient and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and you will be able to work with energy to deliver positive change and improvement whilst building productive relationships across the college. You will be a key part of our highly visible SLT, working closely together to support decisions and functions across the college.

From the moment you walk into our imposing building, you can see and feel that this is a great college. If you would like to help shape our college for the next chapter of our future, then please get in touch.

We have retained FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role before the closing date.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our college.

Janet Gardner
Principal and Chief Executive

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 form and the equality and diversity form.

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.

We have appointed FE Associates to help us find the right person.  Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk to discuss the role before the closing date.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 March 2024

Interview date: To be confirmed

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    Stage 2 of 2: Submitting Your Application

    Prior to submitting an application, interested parties are advised to arrange an initial conversation with our FE Associates lead consultant, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk, to discuss the role before the closing date.

    Once you have obtained the full information and had an informal discussion with Jo Johnston, 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 'Submitting Your Application' Section in the Candidate Information Pack for full instructions on how to submit your application.

    Your application must include the following 2 documents:

    1. A fully completed Application Form (located above). Please do not include your CV as part of, or substitute for, the application form.
    2. The Equality and Diversity Form (located above).

    Key Dates for Submitting Your Application:

    Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 March 2024

    Interview date: To be confirmed