Set in one of the most attractive parts of the UK, Calderdale College has an excellent reputation for delivering first class education, skills and training to its thousands of students and employers. We have a clear strategy and vision and to take advantage of some great opportunities the college has expanded its senior team and established this new role, to ensure that we remain focused on sustaining our strong financial health, whilst providing cross-college support to achieve an Outstanding grade at our next Ofsted Inspection.
As the College’s senior finance professional, you will focus on developing our financial and MIS systems and ensuring that all stakeholders are presented with accurate historical, current and future information that will support good decision making and governance. As well as strategically managing our £22 million Income and Expenditure through established Finance and MIS team(s) you will use your experience to work as part of many teams as a strategic business partner focused on delivering growth across a range of programmes. Stakeholder reputation is critical, and you will lead on relationships with the college’s bank, auditor(s) and funders to uphold this.
You may have gained previous experience in the Further Education sector but if not you will be able to demonstrate that you can hit the ground running whilst working closely with your experienced Finance and MIS Managers to sustain our stability. Knowledge of FE funding is important and needs to be learned quickly, with support if not already held.
No matter what your previous experience (that may be from another relevant sector or commerce), it must include a strong commercial acumen as there are many demands on our resources, so we live in a culture of getting best value for money, taking sound commercial decisions and being imaginative and creative with the resources that we have.
This role will appeal to an ambitious forward-thinking individual who is customer focused and wants to join a team of mutually motivated people determined to lead Calderdale College to be one of the very best in the Country. You may be an experienced Finance Director or an exceptional Financial Controller / Manager ready to use your CCAB qualification and experience to its max.
If the above describes you then we really want to meet you. We have assembled a strong Leadership Team and are supported and challenged in equal measure by a committed Board of Governors, but in a constructive way. As well as your experience gained, team fit will be essential, and in return we offer you a competitive salary with some excellent pension and annual leave benefits but above all else a unique opportunity to play a key part in our future success in one of the most attractive regions to live in the UK.
Calderdale College has been a ‘Good’ College for many years in Ofsted grading terms, reaffirmed in January 2018 as ‘Good’ across the board with Apprenticeships judged as ‘Outstanding’.
Our Vision is to be the best vocational college in the country.
- We put customers first
- We strive for excellence
- We are innovative in our thinking and our actions
- We enjoy and celebrate our success
- We are fair, open and respectful
- We excel in partnerships and team working
- We are inclusive, diverse and welcoming
Halifax and the Surrounding Area
Calderdale College in Halifax is in the biggest county in England, Yorkshire is as diverse and exciting as it gets, not to mention friendly and beautiful. Areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Hebden Bridge Ripponden and the Ryburn Valley are just a few minutes away.
Halifax has its very own Woolshops Shopping Centre with 40 popular chain stores and cafés. The recently renovated Piece Hall is a Grade 1 Listed building conservation project creating a 21st century heritage visitor attraction, with cafés and restaurants, a wealth of independent specialist shops, and a select number of creative business premises. The 60,000 square foot courtyard, with its fantastic arcades and colonnades, offers a beautiful central meeting place for the town, and one of the most stunning outdoor event spaces in Britain.
History and culture are everywhere you look in Calderdale, and much of it is free to enjoy. If you like museums, you’ll love visiting the Bankfield Museum, Eureka! Children’s Museum and the Calderdale Industrial Museum.
If art and culture are more your thing, we have The Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Piece Hall, or literature fans can visit the fascinating Brontë Parsonage in picturesque Haworth. There are also many independent galleries and arts festivals galore, covering everything from photography and textiles to comedy and burlesque.
You’ll find some of the best international cafés, restaurants and takeaways in the UK, especially in Yorkshire’s urban areas. South Asian and Far Eastern food is particularly good here, and Bradford was the first UK destination to win ‘Curry Capital of Britain’ three times in a row! There’s traditional English fare too, and Yorkshire puddings obviously don’t get any better than the ones our pubs serve. For something a little more sophisticated, Yorkshire is home to six Michelin starred restaurants – more than any other county in England.
In Halifax, the Victoria Theatre has a rich programme of events spanning everything from comedy and pantomime to ballet and live music. Near Halifax and around the county, small independent cinemas show art house and world films not screened at the region’s many mainstream cinemas.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact Ian Sackree (07795 271559) or David Beynon (07970 042334).
If you wish to apply for this position, then please:
- Complete the application form and email to email@example.com with the subject heading of “Executive Director – Finance & Funding” or post to Nadia Wells, Protocol, The Point, Welbeck Road, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
- You should also complete the equal opportunities form and attach a CV
- In your application please explain your motivation for applying and the knowledge and experience you can bring to the role and, in particular, your ability to meet the criteria laid out in the person specification. (NB – no more than 3 sides of A4, font 11, Arial)
Protocol will send an acknowledgement of receipt via email to all applicants within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, then please call David Beynon.
Closing date for applications: Monday 24th February at 12:30pm
Assessment centre: Wednesday 4th March
Organisation: Calderdale College
Salary: £75,000 - £80,000 (for an exceptional candidate) plus substantial pension and benefits
Posted date: 31/01/2020
Closing Date: 24/02/2020