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29 Jan 2024

Full-Time Finance Manager

ArkSchools – Posted by ArkSchools Wembley, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Regional Finance Manager


Reports to: Senior Finance Manager

Location: North London Region (home school will be Ark Academy in Wembley)

Contract: Permanent

Pattern: Full Time 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: 12/02/2024 at 10am

Interviews: w/c 19/02/2024

Salary: £40,000 to £52,000 (depending on experience and qualifications)



About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join Ark Schools’ Regional Finance team, supporting Ark Academy, and Outstanding all-through school in Wembley.


As Regional Finance Manager, you will be an integral part of the team responsible for ensuring high standards of financial integrity within the academy(ies).


You will work closely with (and report to) the Senior Finance Manager and will also work with the relevant Principal(s) and Operations Lead(s) in the school(s) you support. For your home school(s), you will manage the monthly financial processes, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook, leading financial planning and partnering with the Principal and other senior staff to ensure effective strategic decision making. You may also provide support to other schools as directed by the Senior Finance Manager.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure timely production and issue of financial reports, cash flow forecasts and returns as required, including ad hoc review and projects
  • Prepare the monthly financial reports, analysis and updates for the Local Governing Body (LGB) and Finance Committee and present at the meetings where required
  • Prepare the annual budget and reforecasts for approval by Ark
  • Take responsibility for the academy’s accounting procedures, ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to within the academy, including review of academy payment runs and payroll
  • Take responsibility for and line management of the school’s finance support staff, including arranging appropriate training and development, conducting induction, probation and performance management reviews
  • Support school and finance staff with purchase order and invoice processing as required
  • Support the school Operations Lead to ensure goods and services are processed in compliance with current and relevant procurement legislation
  • Partner with the Principal and other senior staff to ensure effective financial management, adherence to budget and strategic decision making


Key Requirements:

  • Experienced part-qualified accountant or fully qualified accountant (ACCA, CIMA or ACA)
  • Experience of running effective administrative and financial systems, ideally within a school environment
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel and the wider MS Office suite
  • Experience using financial databases and confidence and interest in learning new technologies
  • Understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures and the ability to apply this understanding to real situations
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills and the ability to delegate appropriately
  • Ability to skilfully manage and maintain effective working relationships with parents, governors, community members and other stakeholders


View the full job description and person specification here


About Ark

We’re an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we’re a network of 39 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we’re recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.


You’ll be joining a group of like-minded, ambitious individuals who work collaboratively and are all committed to our core mission, that every child has the potential to succeed. Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, we are shaping our goals for the next 20 and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.



  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service up to 30 days after 3-years’ service. This entitlement is pro rata for part time employees. This entitlement excludes bank holidays
  • Full office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • As an Ark employee, you will have the opportunity to be part of the TPT (The Pension Trust) scheme, our workplace pension scheme where we make an 11% contribution; you are not required to contribute towards this scheme unless you choose to. Depending on your role you may also be entitled to LGPS which is a defined benefit scheme where you contribute a percentage based on how much you earn (as do we) in exchange for a guaranteed amount in your pension pot every year
  • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career, offering both face-to-face sessions and a bespoke online learning platform
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bike, gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym and free eye tests


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.  


Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link. 


We aim to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone – staff and students – can do their best work and achieve their full potential. We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger and more effective. To know more about Ark’s diversity and inclusion commitments, please click on this link.

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How to Apply

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Monday 12th February at 10am but please note: we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Click here to apply   This ATS application form should take no longer 20 minutes to complete. At any time, you can pause, save, and log back in. If you have any difficulty with meeting the deadline for application, please contact recruitment@arkonline.org   Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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