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School Business Manager

Job Summary

The London Borough of Barnet
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Term time only
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 28/09/2018 17:00
Hours per week:
Job Category:
School Business Manager
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Job details 

Closing date
28 Sep

Job information

Work Location: Barnet, London & Surrounding Areas
Office Location: London N11 1NP, moving to NW9 4EW by March 2019
Position Category: Finance
Employment Type: Permanent, Term Time Only; up to 37.5 hours per week
Business Unit: Local Government Services
Division: Professional Services
Hiring Manager: Kim Garrood/Gillian Clelland
Education Required: Qualified Accountant [minimum AAT or part qualified]

Vacancy Description
An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced finance professional to join a developing service to schools. The role is varied, requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and travelling to various schools by car.

Role Summary
The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for delivering traded services to schools, which can include the following subject to the schools supported:

Providing an accounting and financial management service for schools, including
• an accounting service including closure of accounts
• assistance in the budget preparation, budget forecasts, financial plans
• regular payroll and budget monitoring, financial control and advice service

Providing the “School Business Manager” service to schools

Providing an accounting and financial support service to Academies and Free Schools

The responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, those listed below:

1 Accountancy Service
Carry out the requirements of the service specification to maintained schools for the Accountancy Service, and other financial services purchased by schools. Provide advice and guidance on financial matters such as budget costing, budgetary control, year-end budget forecasts, financial systems and documentation, Contract Standing Orders for Schools, accounting requirements, HMRC VAT regulations, cash-flow monitoring. Supervise and monitor the work of a Finance Assistant who will be assigned to undertake bookkeeping duties in ‘Accountancy’ schools.

Attend daytime and evening meetings with Governors to give financial advice, present monitoring reports and to deal with financial issues.

2 School Business Manager Service
To provide a “School Business Manager” service to schools covering some of the following areas –
1. Management support
2. Finance/accountancy Plus
3. HR Administration
4. Facilities Management
5. Risk management/Health & safety
6. Procurement and contract management,
seeking assistance from the manager and/or colleagues on areas which are outside direct experience.

3 Service to Academies and Free Schools
To provide a “Financial Service” to an Academy in accordance with the Service Agreement and the requirements of the DfE/EFA and legislation and regulations relevant to the academy Trust as a company and charity.

4 Support and Consultancy Services
Make visits to schools to provide support on topics such as implementation of audit reports, use of the accounting package, preparation of year end returns, auditing of schools unofficial funds.

Provide support and consultancy in respect of
• Advising schools on the completion of the Schools Financial Value Standard.
• Guidance on medium and long term financial planning including preparation of Recovery Plans and solving budgetary problems
• Prepare or review the school financial management policy and procedures.

5 Helpdesk and Training
Provide Helpdesk telephone support on the use of RM Finance; use of HCSS Budget software, accounting and financial requirements; participate in delivering training courses.

Requirements (Essential)
• An excellent communicator with staff and customers; able to explain financial matters to non-financial staff
• A competent user of accounting packages and Microsoft Office
• AAT or part/fully qualified accountant
• Able to prioritise tasks and work under time limits to deliver a service specification
• A car owner/driver

Requirements (Desirable)
• Experience of schools finance and business management
• A full accounting qualification (e.g. CIPFA or other CCAB or CIMA)
• Certificate in School Business Management
• Able to influence Headteachers re solutions to budget or financial control issues
• Able to supervise and motivate staff.

Due to the nature of this post, a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance will be required for the successful applicant.

To apply for this position please return a Curriculum Vitae to: schools.support@barnet.gov.uk
Closing date for applications: 28 September 2018, 5pm

Supporting documents

Document How to apply.docx (11.69 KB)

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

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