Director of Finance

Salary: circa £80k p.a.

Closing date: Noon Monday 19 April 2021

Interview date: Thursday 29 April 2021

 

West London College
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Introduction

At West London College, we have been on a journey of delivering significant improvements to our operational performance and we are now seeking a new Director of Finance to play a leading role in delivering a finance service that enables the college to fulfil its ambitions.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, our Director of Finance will lead a team of hardworking professionals to deliver high-quality transactional services, timely and robust information and reporting, and effective processes that positions finance as an enabling service within the college. We are looking for our new Director of Finance to have the technical and leadership skills to hit the ground running and make an expert contribution from day one.

About Us - Welcome

March 2021

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Finance with us here at West London College. This senior 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.

At West London College, we have a simple yet powerful vision and that is to be the leading college in West London for technical and vocational education and skills training. Our mission is to inspire learning that improves lives through education, training and skills development that supports social and economic success for our students, businesses and communities across West London. Our people are crucial to us achieving our vision and our new Director of Finance will have an important role to play in supporting the achievement of our ambitious priorities.

Over the past few years, we have been on a rapid journey of recovery and improvement and we have significantly improved the financial performance and effectiveness of the college. Of course, our journey of improvement continues and our new Director of Finance will play a lead role in delivering a finance service that enables the college to fulfil its ambitions.

In this role, you will sit as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, reporting to me as Chief Operating Officer. We have a team of 11 hardworking professionals in our finance team and they will be looking to you to provide motivational and supportive leadership that enables them to be highly effective in their roles. I am looking for someone who is committed to the development of others and to work with team members in a way that gets the best out of them. I will also rely on you to support me in my role to provide me with the information I need to support strategic decision making. You will have responsibility and accountability for ensuring the transactional side of the finance service is operating effectively as well as taking responsibility for monthly reporting, year end processes, audit management and annual budgeting.

In appointing to this role, we are open to the background or industry that our new Director of Finance joins us from. What is important to us is that you will have empathy with our vision and mission, have the ability to hit the ground running, have strong technical skills to deliver the various elements of the role, and the leadership required to make a difference. We are particularly keen to hear from people with recent system improvement and implementation experience. Ultimately, we need a Director of Finance who will work within our core values of ambition, integrity, accountability and inclusion and to play a lead role in building our financial resilience and effectiveness.

Whilst this is a challenging role, it provides a fantastic opportunity to be part of transforming an organisation with a strong social purpose, an organisation where the tangible impact of what we do can be seen on a daily basis, and I am committed to supporting and challenging you to thrive in the role.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this crucial appointment. Interested parties are advised to make contact with Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk for an initial discussion, ahead of the closing date and prior to making 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 vison and mission, I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully

Anil Nagpal
Chief Operating Officer

 

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.

We have appointed FE Associates to help us find the right person and interested parties are encouraged to arrange an initial conversation with Jo Johnston, ahead of the closing date and prior to submitting an application, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk.

Closing date: Noon Monday 19 April 2021

Interview date: Thursday 29 April 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 West London College:

    Stage 2 of 2: Submitting Your Application

    We encourage all interested parties to make contact with Jo Johnston for an informal discussion ahead of the closing date and prior to submitting an application, by emailing Jo.Johnston@fea.co.uk.

    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 'How to Apply' 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).
    2. The Equality and Diversity Form (located below the Application Form above).

    Key Dates for Submitting Your Application:

    Closing date: Noon Monday 19 April 2021

    Interview date: Thursday 29 April 2021