Head of Finance (SATM)

Cranfield University
February 22, 2024
Offerd Salary:£60,099 to £69,505
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Head of Finance (SATM)


Cranfield University



Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type



Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £60,099 to £69,505 per annum with potential progression to £85,000 per annum

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  • 4753 - JD & Person Spec.pdf (PDF, 433.5kb)
  • Role Description

    Following an internal promotion, we are looking to recruit TWO positions in our Finance department supporting the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. The postholders will need to be CCAB qualified accountants with significant experience of working in a large complex organisation and/or Higher Education Institution.

    This advert is for the Head of Finance position but please clickhere to see other exciting opportunities within our Finance department.

    About the Role

    The postholder for the Head of Finance role will be responsible for overseeing the finances of SATM. This includes the day to day running of a small team, production of budgets and forecasts, monitoring variance analysis and providing strategic advice to the Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of Finance and Operations.

    About You

    The position would suit a hard-working, self-motivated, proactive, and reliable person able to work to strict deadlines and take responsibility for their own workload. Good interpersonal skills and a “can do” attitude are essential as there will be frequent contact with customers and University staff.

    The successful candidate must be able to build a deep understanding of the school's analytical, information and professional finance support requirements, be able to use that understanding to develop their team into providing an extremely high level of professional finance support. This will include a suite of finance reports tailored to the school's needs that are timely, highly professional, immaculately presented and accurate. It will also include ad-hoc reports of the same standard and general finance leadership, partnership, and advice. The successful candidate must engage and partner with the school's academic community and be an indispensable partner for Budget Holders and Principal Investigators.

    You will be CCAB qualified or have equivalent experience in complex organisations; experience of the Higher Education sector would be advantage. With detailed understanding of budgeting and forecasting, and strong analytical skills you will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills to build trusted relationships and influence stakeholders.

    Experience of working with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word is essential as the work is mainly computer based. Previous experience of computerised accounts systems is also essential, significant experience of the UNIT4 Business World (Agresso) system would be desirable.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Ian Sibbald, University Director of Finance on (E): [email protected]

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: [email protected]. Please quote reference number 4753.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 22 February 2024

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