Ref - Finance Director – Ref 5587

Finance Director

Experienced Qualified CIMA  Finance Director available from January with an extensive portfolio of successes contributing to organisational expansions, acquisition, and restructuring in line with budgets of up to £35M. Contributed to commercial strategies by challenging assumptions while providing accurate and insightful financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets, and business drivers.
  • Orchestrate operations and financial controls for multi-academy trust comprised of several schools, delivering educational services
  • Contribute to the development of trust’s strategic direction, reporting to boards and committees on financial and operational performance.
  • Oversee preparation of year-end accounts while liaising with internal/external auditors.
  • Control five-year planning, funding reports, and maintenance of risk registers.
  • Restructured several departments; optimised academy service delivery while supporting scalable growth – playing an instrumental role in the acquisition of five new academies in ten months.
  • Sensitively managed HR operations, with c. 650 staff, including restructurings, redundancies, union negotiations, settlement agreements, disciplinary actions, absences, and dismissals.
  • Optimised building and estate maintenance; oversaw repair/maintenance plans and surveys. Value of portfolio of properties c. £35M.
  • Developed IT strategy, including significant refresh programme
  • Managed trust’s name change and complete rebranding.
  • Governed group’s financial operations
  • Leading operations of 10+ accounting, as well as health and safety specialists covering large further education college (generating £35M+ revenues annually), several trading companies, a multi-academy trust, and three international Colleges.
  • Managed month-end reporting, including group accounts consolidation, finance reports presentation to boards and committees, and budgeting as well as five-year planning.
  • Teamed with Director of Finance and Director of International in bidding for the opening of colleges in Saudi Arabia – ensuring operational capacity through the set-up of financial operations structure.
  • Defined new strategy for college group following new CEO appointment.
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