Deputy Director of Finance
Your new company
Founded in 1883, and a member of the Russell group of universities, Cardiff is widely recognised as Wales number one University. Cardiff is currently the 7th largest University in the UK and continues to experience strong growth both financially and in terms of application/student numbers.
Your new role
Reporting to the CFO, the Deputy Director of Finance will initially have 9 direct reports. The successful candidate will lead and manage the Finance Department, currently 93 FTE`S, in support of the strategic and financial objectives of the University through the operation of a first class Finance Department. The Deputy Director of Finance will drive the continuous improvement, efficiency and enhanced student experience of the University’s Finance function.
The post will be change related, broad and overarching in nature, but the primary responsibilities of this role are to:
- To provide strategic leadership and professional expertise for a portfolio of finance activities University-wide.
- To support the Chief Financial Officer in delivery of the University’s financial strategy and take the lead in allocated areas of the wider function.
- To provide leadership, direction and management of staff within the financial systems section.
- To deputise for the Chief Financial Officer both in their absence and as the delegated professional in allocated areas of responsibility
What you'll need to succeed
- You will be an exceptional, qualified accountant (ACMA, CIPFA, ACCA, ACA) with significant post-qualification experience.
- Strategic capability, able to understand the wider business context and to add value to strategic decisions.
- Used to leading and managing a team including experienced and qualified accountants. Demonstrable ability to manage people and to bring the best out in them.
- Strong analytical and decision support skills, with the ability to be able to identify and interpret trends and improve financial forecast data.
- Good written and oral communication skills, able to communicate complex financial matters to non-finance staff and to build trust based relationships with senior managers throughout the organisation. Enthusiastic, self-confident approach.
- Strong finance system skills, including the knowledge and understanding of implementing step-change financial systems and process improvements.
- Experience of delivering change under challenging circumstances.
What you'll get in return
This is a great opportunity to join one of the leading higher education organisations in the UK, during an exciting time of change within its finance function. This role will give the successful candidate the relevant experience required to progress to a Chief Financial Officer / Director of Finance position.
For this challenging post there is an attractive remuneration package on offer.
- Salary - c.£80,000 per annum
- University superannuation scheme Pension Scheme - Employee 8% Employer 18%
- Relocation Package - (Subject to conditions) Up to £8,000
- Holidays - 37 days + 8 days bank holidays
- Flexible working hours - Based on a 35 hours working week
- Use of University Facilities - Reduced rates on sports memberships (Court hire, personal training) free use of libraries, computer suites, sports and student union facilities.