SK College Group is the corporate identifier of St Helens College (legal entity and employer) and is used to describe the organisation formed from the merger, in late 2017, of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College.
With an annual turnover of £30million and a staff and student population in the region of 600/8000 respectively, we provide services over a large and diverse estate across the Boroughs of St Helens and Knowsley. We have outstanding learning facilities in both Boroughs and have plans to relocate within the Kirkby area with a view to expansion in the provision for local residents.
Our Board has built on the positive reputations of both pre-merger organisations and is seeking to strengthen this consolidation through strong leadership at an executive level.
We have a proud history, a vibrant future and a well performing business plan to chart our way forward. Our Board is looking for an experienced Deputy Chief Executive and CFO who can both provide sustained performance and stimulate growth and improvement.
As well as being accountable for the planning, implementation and control of the College’s financial processes, procedures, policies and overall financial health, you will also lead the Finance, MIS, Estates, IT, HR, Marketing/Student Services and Commercial functions. This is a wide ranging remit and it is expected that the exact areas of responsibility may be varied depending on your background and experience.
In return, the College offers a progressive market rate salary package, generous benefits, and a supportive Board of Governors, underpinned by superb staff and students who they are justifiably proud of.
You will be a CCAB qualified accountant who ideally holds a degree at Masters Level, and a demonstrable record of continuous professional development at senior level. A proven track record of senior level strategic leadership and management experience, and evidence of applying rigorous business planning that leads to an increase in funding or profitability is essential. It is also essential that the successful applicant can evidence experience of an approach to line management that empowers staff to perform at the highest level.
You may already be an established Finance Director or VP (Finance) working within the Education and Training sector or outside of the sector and looking for a new challenge in a more senior or wider reaching role. Regardless you should have experience of working in a public sector finance or regulated environment and experience of a wider corporate services background is also desirable.
SK College Group is the corporate identifier of St Helens College (legal entity and employer) and is used to describe the organisation formed from the merger, in late 2017, of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College. It is one of the largest general FE colleges situated in Merseyside in the North West region of England.
It is spread over five sites: St Helens Town Centre, St Helens STEM Centre, Knowsley Community College, IAM Tech and Kirkby.
The college offers a wide range of provision including 14-16 education and training, 16-18 study programmes, adult learning programmes and apprenticeships. This is in addition to Higher Education and Full Cost programmes.
In the 16-18 category there were 3,782 leavers in 2017/18 at St Helens, and 1,516 at Knowsley. There were 2,748 leavers from adult programmes at St Helens and 2,781 from Knowsley. In addition, there were 352 leavers from apprenticeship programmes at St Helens and 293 leavers from Knowsley. The college offers programmes from entry to level 6.
Post-merger the College has faced some challenges, and these have been addressed in the new College plan “Reaching Out to Reach Higher” which can be viewed as part of this applicant pack. This will see the College as Ofsted Good and back in robust financial health by 2022.
SK College Group have appointed Protocol to support the recruitment of this position.
If you wish to apply for this position, then please email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading of “Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Financial Officer”. Protocol will send an acknowledgement of receipt via email to all applicants within 24 hours.
Please ensure your email includes all 3 documents necessary for your application to be considered:
A completed application form – Please give details of the information you wish to provide in support of your application, ensuring you include the following:
- Your motivation for applying
- Your understanding of the key priorities in the role
- How you meet the criteria providing brief examples of relevant experience and achievements, with a particular focus on your key achievements in the past 5 years.
A copy of your CV
The Equality and Diversity Monitoring form – this is a word format document with check boxes. Please click on each check box that applies to you.
For an informal and confidential discussion about this role contact Protocol’s David Beynon (07970 042334) or Ian Sackree (07795 271559).
Closing date: Monday 25th November 2019 at 12pm
First stage interviews with Protocol: Week of 25th November 2019
Assessment centre: Thursday 12th & Friday 13th December 2019
Organisation: SK College Group
Salary: circa. £95,000
Posted date: 01/11/2019
Closing date: 25/11/2019