Head of Finance Business Partnering

Leeds Permanent £50,000 - £60,000
  • Opportunity to use your finance skills to work for a leading FE/HE College Group
  • Great benefits - 30 days holiday plus statutory days & college closure days

About Our Client

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT). Luminate Education Group is one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country.

Luminate provide a range of online training and workshops in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion and we are continually looking to support and advise our workforce on emerging trends and priority topics both within the Yorkshire and Humber region and across the country. We offer opportunities for individuals to join internal staff equality forums and currently have LGBT, disability, BAME and working carers forums running across the group. These forums are a great way for people from a range of backgrounds to share experiences, support organisation priorities, raise awareness and help educate the wider workforce.

Luminate Education Group are accredited Investors in People, Investors in Diversity, a mindful employer and a disability confident employer.

Luminate Education Group has a key set of values:

  • Aspirational with heart
  • Down to earth with huge ambition
  • High performing with soul
  • Everyone together, while championing the individual

Job Description

As Head of Finance Business Partnering you will be a critical member of the finance team providing a close link and support between senior stakeholders and your finance colleagues. Key areas of delivery will include:

  • To lead the team in the provision of all aspects of financial reporting and associated KPIs to meet the requirements of the Executive Leadership Team and Board.
  • Providing a robust and high quality financial business partnering service across the group, liaising with key stakeholders and adopting an approach of continuous improvement.
  • Lead the group financial forecasting process (with reference to the quarterly submissions from Heads of Department) for presentation to the Executive Leadership Team and Group Board.
  • To be the primary lead for the preparation of the budget through the group business planning process. Ensuring that the financial information is collated, reviewed and consolidated in a timely manner. Guide the team in training and supporting budget holders with the process.
  • To be a member of the Finance Senior Management Team and provide a strategic input to the plans for the department and the group.
  • To champion sound financial practice and compliance with Luminate Education Group Financial Regulations and procedures.
  • Lead the completion of month end processes in line with the management accounts timetable and ensure delivery of meaningful and accurate reports in a timely manner to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of funding streams to enhance the support provided to budget holders.
  • Work in conjunction with budget holders and the financial systems team to continually improve information flow and financial reporting to support key stakeholders.
  • Support the Chief Financial Officer in the production of the group three year plan for submission to the ESFA and other regulatory bodies.
  • To lead the team in the active management of capital expenditure and capital grant application and allocation process.
  • To lead the team in challenging poor financial control and supporting budget holders to ensure the best use of available resources, encouraging value for money behaviours.
  • Provide ad hoc reports, reviews and project support to budget holders and the Chief Financial Officer and shared service customers as required.
  • To liaise with internal and external auditors as appropriate and ensure implementation of any recommendations arising from reviews.
  • Ensure adequate provision of financial support and training to all service users, engaging with shared service partners at all levels to maintain a high level of service.
  • Provide management and support for staff in accordance with agreed policies.

The Successful Applicant

Candidates will need the following key skills, qualifications and experience to be successful as Head of Business Partnering.

  • Fully Accountancy qualified CCAB (ACA / ACCA / CIPFA) or CIMA accountant
  • Degree qualified
  • Substantial post-qualification experience working at senior level in a complex organisation
  • Experience of successfully leading, supervising and managing a team.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the education sector including regulatory frameworks, systems and external environment.
  • Experience of using IT systems at an advanced level including Microsoft Office and proprietary financial systems.
  • Experience of communicating to a wide range of audiences including writing reports and delivering presentations.
  • Experience of UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice including FRS102.
  • Experience of supporting colleagues from a non-financial background to understand their responsibilities as a budget holder, in developing business cases and utilising resources to the maximum impact.
  • Able to use own initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of decisions made.
  • Communicates, challenges and influences a variety of stakeholders effectively. Able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change. Where necessary resolves highly charged, high-profile conflicts.
  • Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Understands and appreciates different and opposing perspectives on an issue. Adapts approach as the requirements of a situation change. Builds strategic partnerships both internally and externally.
  • Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment and motivation.
  • Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to construct frameworks, for decision making and problem-solving.
  • Takes decisions at times when there are many unknowns. Transforms proposals into practical reality.
  • Understand the value drivers of Luminate Education Group and is commercially aware.
  • Role models Luminate Education Group values, and behaviours.

What's on Offer


Working within an FE/HE environment can be very rewarding. At Luminate Education Group, we are looking for talented individuals who can help us to achieve our mission, which is "creating learning environments where every student can achieve their full potential."

There are a whole host of benefits available to employees of Leeds City College, Leeds Sixth Form College, University Centre Leeds, Keighley College and Harrogate College:

    Employees can join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) which offers pension and tax lump sum benefits on retirement, as well as life assurance benefits with a generous employer contribution.
    We have a generous sick pay scheme, offering employees up to 26 weeks at full pay, with a further 26 weeks at half pay, depending on how long they have worked with us.
    We offer an excellent annual leave entitlement plus up to five discretionary closure days at Christmas.
    Through our employee assistance programme, staff can access free confidential advice and support via a 24/7 telephone helpline and structured telephonic and face-to-face counselling.
    We offer flexible working opportunities to support the diverse needs of our workforce.
    Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region.
    Our salary sacrifice scheme enables employees to pay for a bicycle through our payroll and save on tax in the process.
    Through a cash plan, employees are able to access healthcare treatment and claim back money from their bills. The cash plan includes 24/7 GP and counselling telephone services and cover for up to four children (under the age of 18) on their policy.
    20% off Bodyline gyms with no joining fee and £5 off monthly fees at Village Gyms.
    Employees can acquire various membership cards/schemes, such as Costco and The Gourmet Society. These offer cost savings on a number of products or services.
    Employees can access Microsoft products at heavily discounted rates and free antivirus.
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