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Director of Finance
- A research-led, top 40 University known for its world-class teaching quality.
- Director of Finance opportunity in Central Birmingham.
About Our Client
Aston University in Central Birmingham is a complex and stimulating organisation, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence in teaching quality; with strong links to industry, government and commerce. It employs over 1400 staff and the University is consistently ranked in the UK's top 40 universities, confirming their place amongst the elite.
The University has a distinct mission which sets it apart to be 'the UK's leading University for Business, enterprise and the professions, where original research has a positive impact on the world around us'. At Aston they are dedicated to developing the people and the ideas that will shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow. Their corporate strategy for 2020 places students at its core.
As the Director of Finance, located at their offices in the centre of Birmingham, this is a key role for the University, reporting to and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer. The Director of Finance will be an inspiring, energetic and innovative leader who will contribute actively to the development and facilitation of the University's goals for 2020. Partnering with the Executive and senior leaders at the University, this is a critical role to ensure the University, and its subsidiaries, operate in a financially effective, efficient and sustainable way.
The post-holder needs to have a commercial mind-set and excellent financial acumen, together with the ability to lead a finance team of up to c 40 individuals. They will have responsibility for the overall operational leadership and management of the Finance Department, as well as contributing to the overall strategic development of the University. The provision of effective, high quality financial advice and support, to a wide variety of the University's key stakeholders, is also a key element of this role; as well as "best in class" operational and financial practices.
The importance of this appointment is central to the continued development of the University and its placing within the Higher Education sector in the UK. To that affect the University is seeking to identity high calibre and high capability individuals who can contribute and also enjoy a successful career within a high performing team.
The Successful Applicant
For this Director of Finance opportunity in Central Birmingham, successful candidates must have/be:
Degree educated and a qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) with significant post qualification experience.
You must have experience of leading and developing a reasonably-sized team of finance staff.
Senior financial management experience within a large and complex organisation in either the public or private sector is essential. Some private sector experience is desirable.
Substantial experience of managing budgets, annual financial statements, management accounts and business plans.
High level of competence in strategic and business planning, with the ability to drive, articulate and deliver a clear strategic vision.
You will possess a resilient, yet highly approachable, personality and have the ability to create strong business partnerships across all disciplines and thrive in a group environment.
Excellent communication and presenting skills. You must have the ability to gain the confidence of and influence staff at the very highest level within the University.
A strong commitment to customer service and high levels of energy, resilience and self-motivation.
What's on Offer
Up to a six figure package.