· Deputising for the CFO where appropriate and necessary · Line manage the finance reporting and compliance team · Overall responsibility for producing consolidated management accounts for the Trust and prepare monthly management accounting packs for Trustees and ELT consisting of management accounts, forecasts, cashflow and balance sheet. Prepare appropriate commentary for the monthly report. · To provide monthly Management Account to the Assistant Accountant for consolidation in respect of the MAT ensuring that month-end accounting procedures are processed in an efficient and timely manner in accordance with set deadlines. · Be responsible for reviewing reporting templates and systems and improving these as required. Using Power BI write template reports. · To work closely alongside MAT Business Leads to provide adequate support for budgetary monitoring and management. · Overall responsibility to ensure that regular reports for budget holder are produced and disseminate. · Develop budgetary assumptions and roll out ensuring that these are consistently applied across the Trust. · Overall responsibility for consolidating all budgetary plans – both annual and long term. Manage a system to track changes to the long term budget plans. Ensure that all budgets are in line with the Trust’s strategic objectives. · Be responsible for the chart of accounts · Overall responsibility for preparing the annual consolidated financial statements for the Trust. This will include accounts for the Trading Limited. · Overall responsibility for maintaining the Trust’s pecuniary interest register and gifts and hospitality register. · Ensure Government, EFA and other returns are submitted accurately and on time. · Liaise with internal and external auditors and in conjunction with the CFO manage the communication with auditors in developing plans and programs. · Overall responsibility to monitor the income streams for the Trust and ensure that all income due is received and that income streams are maximised. · Ensure compliance with financial legislation, Companies House and Charity Commission requirements and HMRC requirements. · Lead on the integration of the accounting software to other accounting software solutions across the Trust. · Lead on the maintenance of the database ensuring that set up are consistent for all academies and business segments. · Acquire, analyse and evaluate available data and use to inform planning, practice and review producing a variety of statistical information as and when required. · Develop benchmarking reports across the Trust which can be used to ensure all academies are delivering high standard education in a value for money manner. · Collate and consolidate School Resource Management information as required across the trust, investigating outlying academies and providing action plans where relevant. · Advise senior leaders and staff on all aspects of financial management. · Overall responsibility for training and communicating with budget holders to ensure that they are adequately skilled in the use of essential reports for operational budget management and financial systems · Working in conjunction with the CFO the post holder will focus on income maximisation across the Trust including reviewing new opportunities for funding and grants. Once identified writing bids, tracking of financial progress ensuring payment. Completing monitoring forms and processing claims with the ESFA and other grant givers. · Maintain a register for all funding across the Trust. · Preparing and presenting business cases of varying levels of complexity including for new courses, equipment spend and recruitment of staff. Working closely with trust colleagues to bid for additional resources · Ensure that financial records are stored in accordance with the Trust retention schedule. Develop the processes and systems for financial record storage. Ensure that financial records maintained and systems utilised are GDPR compliant and seek advice from the Trust Data Controller and DPO as required. Ensure that developments in accounting standards are applied to processes across the Academy. · Input into the Trust risk management process highlighting key financial risks pertinent at academies develop action plans and risk mitigations.
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Archway Learning Trust, previously Bluecoat Academies Trust was formed in April 2014 as a result of the very long and successful history of Bluecoat Academy. We recently welcomed three further secondary schools in Derby to the Trust and are excited to be opening Bluecoat Trent Academy, a secondary Free School in Nottingham in September 2021.
The Trust comprises of Bluecoat Aspley Academy, Bluecoat Sixth Form, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy, Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Bluecoat Primary Academy, The Nottingham Emmanuel School and Sixth Form, The Long Eaton School, Lees Brook Community School, Merrill Academy and the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).