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Director of Finance

The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Job details

Working pattern
Will consider full-time, part-time
Contract type

Job summary

• To ensure strong accounting and financial reporting, including compliance with statutory requirements and upholding the highest standards of financial probity.
• To oversee and monitor effective financial controls and processes.
• To support the Headmaster and Bursar in ensuring the financial sustainability of the school.

• Maintain an overview of the short-term and long-term financial position and any financial issues within the school.
• Manage and prepare monthly management accounts and reports including income & expenditure account, variance analysis and commentaries, cash flows and balance sheet.
• Prepare the annual budget and 3 Year Financial Plan and present for approval.
• Ensure balance sheet items are managed and monitored, including reviewing and checking monthly reconciliations for all key balances and control accounts.
• Monitor the school’s income streams, including additional grants or funding, and prepare reports and monitoring returns as necessary.
• Prepare and submit accurate and timely information for the annual statutory accounts and financial returns.
• Ensure financial regulatory and compliance, as specified in school policies, and the annual Academies Financial Handbook and Academies Accounts Direction.
• Manage the annual internal scrutiny programme and year-end external audit.
• Attend the Finance and Risk Committees and present financial information as required.
• Develop and implement best accounting practices and processes, and train and guide new and existing finance colleagues accordingly.
• Liaise closely with other support services functions (eg. HR) to manage financial issues and foster a culture of continual improvement to the systems, processes and procedures to ensure timeliness, accuracy and relevance of financial management information provided.
• Manage the schools financial reporting systems (eg. management accounts/forecasts) and review/develop the school’s financial systems and software

• Good understanding of relevant financial systems; previous experience of SIMS Financial Management System (FMS) an advantage.
• Maintenance of a wide range of documents on Word and Excel.
• Occasional use of the school’s management information system (SIMS); maintenance of accurate pupil records.
• Occasional distribution of information to parents via Edulink.
• Responsibility for updating financial information on the school website.

• Liaison with the Bursar and Headmaster, working on other ad hoc projects as directed.
• Attendance at Governors’ Finance meetings as and when requested.
• Attendance at Leadership Group meetings as and when requested.
• Regular liaison with other members of the school’s finance team.

Applying for the job

Candidates should submit a completed application form, including details of key achievements and responsibilities, along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the job description and person specification.

Completed applications should be emailed to the Headmaster’s Secretary, Mrs Wendy Dray at wendy.dray@skinners-school.org.uk

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1093 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report

About The Skinners' School

Skinners’ School was founded in 1887 and is a thriving boys’ grammar school. There are currently 1119 pupils, 325 of whom are in the Sixth Form. A friendly and hard-working community, the school is amongst the highest achieving in the country, both academically and in terms of extra-curricular provision. Pastoral care is also a real strength.

School location

St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9PG

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