Divisional Financial Controller

Oxford Permanent £70,000 - £90,000 per year
  • Be a key member of the management team, providing Leadership and direction.
  • Opportunity to work for a division of the world renowned University of Oxford.

About Our Client

The Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford is one of the largest and most prestigious academic divisions within the university. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines related to medical research, education, and health care. The division is dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training health care professionals, and conducting cutting-edge research to improve health and well-being globally.

Job Description

The successful Divisional Financial Controller will be:

  • Leading and taking ownership of implementing the financial aspects of the Division's strategic and academic planning, ensuring that the financial aspects of all activities and academic decisions are accurately reflected at all stages of decision-making processes and their implications properly understood, advising the Head of Division, and senior divisional and departmental officers as required.
  • Embedding a culture of financial sustainability across the Division.
  • Working with and supporting the Division to ensure that areas of financial weakness are addressed and opportunities for income generation are exploited, within the context of the strategic priorities of the individual departments and the Division as a whole.
  • Managing financial risk actively across the Division, ensuring that an appropriate level of risk management and risk appetite exists during times of rapid change and development.
  • Taking ownership of the Division's budgeting and quarterly forecasting cycles, ensuring that departments provide high-quality and accurate information that complies with both the Division's and central University's requirements and enables full and effective reviews to take place.
  • Ensuring that proper, efficient and robust accounting and financial management processes and controls are in place across the Division.
  • Ensuring that the underlying factors for variances to budgets and plans are fully understood and that appropriate actions are taken to remedy this.
  • Ensuring that the departmental accounting structures facilitate the quick and efficient production of accurate financial reports and other management information.
  • Acting as an effective channel of communication between the departments, the Division and the central University, ensuring that each party understands the needs and perspectives of the other and fostering an environment in which the combined resources of the parties are most effectively coordinated.
  • Representing the University in its regular financial interactions with the NHS, ensuring that there is a clear understanding of the financial flows between the University and the various part of the NHS with which it has dealings and ensuring also that the transactions occurring at the divisional level are efficiently and effectively managed.
  • Providing effective leadership and management of the divisional finance team, ensuring the team's continuing professional development in support of maintaining the highest quality of service delivery and customer satisfaction.

The Successful Applicant

The successful Divisional Financial Controller will have:

  • A recognised accounting qualification at CCAB/CIMA level or equivalent.
  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills with finance and non-finance staff and an ability to operate effectively in an intellectually demanding environment.
  • Broad-based, relevant post-qualification accounting experience with proven and demonstrable technical skills, including project accounting, budgetary control and financial planning.
  • Strong financial acumen with the ability to deal sensitively with key issues and gain the confidence of staff at all levels.
  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills with finance and non-finance staff and an ability to operate effectively in an intellectually demanding environment.
  • Change-management skills with a proven record of proactively identifying requirements and successfully driving change.
  • Computer literate, with strong understanding of financial systems, including experience of using such systems and delivering effective management reporting.
  • High levels of personal effectiveness, particularly co-ordination, organisation, and the ability to focus on achieving deadlines, ensuring that timetables/plans can be met.
  • Develops a highly informed understanding of the range of various disciplines and associated financial contexts that the departments operate within and the impact that this has on their activities. Has the capacity to interpret and convey to a non-specialist audience central University financial requirements, ensuring that they are effectively communicated to and adopted.
  • Functions effectively and delivers change in a complex environment where governance is often by consent, requiring a sophisticated and adaptable approach and highly refined negotiating skills.
  • Manages competing and potentially conflicting demands from the central University, the Head of Division and individual departments without compromising effective working relationships.
  • Delivers effective solutions which often require a high degree of personal engagement in the delivery of these solutions.
  • Experienced in staff management with a demonstrable commitment to mentoring and development.
  • Acts as a 'good citizen' within the Division, Finance Division and broader University; both able to see the bigger picture and actively contribute to it.

What's on Offer

On offer for the successful Divisional Financial Controller:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Excellent Benefits
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Jack Ryall-Champion
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+44 186 520 8478

Job summary

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Not for Profit
Financial Controller
Not For Profit
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Consultant name
Jack Ryall-Champion
Consultant phone
+44 186 520 8478
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