Finance Manager

Birmingham Permanent £49,000 - £61,000 per year
  • Excellent progression
  • The opportunity to be part of the strategic progression within the trust.

About Our Client

Leigh Trust are an ambitious and growing MAT located in Birmingham, with 7 schools situated across the area and ambitious plans to expand their operations.

Job Description

Finance Manager Duties:

  • Accurate and timely cash forecasts are prepared, with proactive management and regular reporting of the Trust's cash position to the COO, individual schools, and the Trust Board.
  • Cash management is tightly controlled, including efficient invoice payment cycles and timely preparation of monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Effective income collection procedures are maintained to minimise debt issues.
  • Invoices are processed efficiently.
  • The annual Trust budgets are prepared in collaboration with Finance Business Partners to ensure alignment with the Trust's strategic and financial objectives.
  • Income and expenditure budgets across the Trust are monitored, with early warnings provided for any potential issues.
  • Accurate and timely information is provided to support effective budgetary control, decision-making, and strategic planning.
  • The Trust's procurement processes, including appropriate insurances, are managed and improved.
  • Effective financial structures and controls are established to support robust financial management, with proper delegation of finance authorities.
  • The Trust's accounts are maintained in accordance with the funding agreement, Academies Financial Handbook issued by the EFA, and the Trust's financial regulations and procedures. - Coordinating with both internal and external auditors to ensure their effective operation.
  • Representing the CEO in financial matters with the funding body.
  • Proactively managing the Trust's relationship with its bankers, ensuring efficient systems for accounting and funding procedures.
  • Planning and coordinating tax and treasury management practices and policies, focusing on charitable status and cash management, including quarterly VAT recovery processing.
  • Ensuring value for money across all Trust activities, including service delivery.
  • Negotiating and monitoring contracts, agreements, and tenders across the schools.
  • Supporting the maintenance of the Trust's risk register.
  • Leading, managing, and developing staff within the finance function while promoting a strong customer service ethos and high professional standards. Ensuring the finance function collaborates effectively with other Trust functions.
  • Continuously improving management and financial systems within the finance function.
  • Ensuring robust and proportionate business continuity plans are in place for the finance function.
  • Securing bid-based competitive funds through effective use of bidding systems and contacts.
  • Assisting the COO with financial due diligence for potential new members of the Trust.

The Successful Applicant

The Successful Finance Manager will be:

  • Professionally qualified (ACCA, CIMA, ACA or equivalent)
  • Commercially astute with exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, capable of making decisions based on accurate and relevant analysis.
  • Flexible in managing, planning, and executing daily, weekly, and monthly workloads in a busy environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and build relationships at all levels while working across multiple sites.
  • Committed to providing the best possible service to staff and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Skilled at balancing strategic planning with operational execution.

What's on Offer

In return you will receive:

  • Comprehensive induction and a strong commitment to your professional development and career advancement.
  • Access to the organisations Employee Assistance Program for you and your family members, including counselling, advice, and support through their dedicated provider.
  • Support from a Wellbeing Champion and a Mental Health First Aider.
  • Excellent pension scheme (local government).
  • Flexible working opportunities.
  • Opportunity to participate in the annual staff survey.
  • An ambitious and dedicated Trust Executive Team
Ayden Bogle
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+44 121 634 6952

Job summary

Job function
Finance Manager
Not For Profit
Contract type
Consultant name
Ayden Bogle
Consultant phone
+44 121 634 6952
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