Assistant Finance Business Partner - Education OCC615614

Shared Services Partnership
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
GBP 55,783.00 - 59,010.00 per year
19 Apr 2024
18 May 2024
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Job details

Salary range: £55,783 - £59,010 per annum

Work location: County Hall, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent

Vetting requirements: This post is politically restricted.

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and we reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

About us

Now is an exciting time to join the finance team and to make a real difference to the future of the council and the outcomes for our residents. Our council wide delivering the future together programme is driving our values and behaviours, along with developing the future of the organisation.

The council is currently undergoing significant changes and aims to become an employer, place shaper and partner of choice. Some examples of this are a renewed focus on data and intelligence, value for money, and plans for digital solutions. You would be joining a finance business partnering service which is respected and valued across the organisation.

About the role

This role is a fantastic opportunity for an Assistant Finance Business Partner - Education to take a lead delivering finance business partnering to the education service. In the role you will support and challenge services to deliver better services, value for money and enable them to make sustainable, financial sound decision. You will be supporting the directorate by being an expert in education finance, including knowledge of the Dedicated Schools Grants and education funding, along with having a detailed knowledge of the services provided and leading the annual processes around allocation of funding linked to national and local strategies.

You should expect to work closely with Director's, Leadership Teams, and Councillors to provide a supportive, challenging financial and decision making advice, driving efficiency, accountability, and commercial thinking across the council.

Now is an exciting time to join the finance team, with a finance services transformation programme underway, a focus on data and intelligence, and the use of technology at the forefront of our outlook.

The Assistant Finance Business Partner - Education will be responsible for the line management of the Management Accountant - Education and Assistant Management Accountant - Education and shaping the wider support to the directorate.

About you

We are looking for a CCAB or CIMA qualified accountant, with experience in delivering a effective and modern finance business partnering service.

We are looking for someone who is inquisitive and able to constructively challenge, while building a trusted relationship with senior leaders. You will be able to see opportunities to dare to do things differently and see these through to completion.

You should be experienced at interpreting and implementing guidance, and we would be very interested to hear from anyone who has experience working within Education or Children's Services settings who have existing knowledge of the intricacies of school and education funding.

You will be highly organised and be able to manage competing priorities and deadlines, while collaborating with other support services, and across finance and using contextual information to provide insight.

Rewards and benefits
  • Culture of flexible working
  • Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • Up to 33 day's holiday p.a. plus bank holidays
  • Option to 'buy' additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer's contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development
Would you like to know more?

Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Thomas James, Head of Finance Business Partnering,

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Our commitment to:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or on maternity or family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support, education and safe spaces for all.

Our commitment to:
Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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