Senior Finance Manager

Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom
GBP 25.26 - 28.43 per hour
25 Feb 2021
03 Mar 2021
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Senior Finance Manager
Job Purpose£

This an exciting time to join the triple accredited Adam Smith Business School, as it is on a continued growth trajectory at both UG and PGT student level, is developing further its portfolio of funded research, and seeking to enhance its reputation among policy and corporate connections. A strategic finance business partner is required who can ensure that they are able to take advantage of the opportunities and achieve their ambition. Reporting directly to the Head of Finance of the College of Social Sciences and the Head of the Adam Smith Business School, this role will lead the finance team within the School and provide high quality strategic and operational decision-making support across the School through the delivery of robust, high quality financial analytical insight.£

£- As part of the School management team play a key contributor role in the development and implementation of the School strategy within the broader College strategic framework£

- In partnership with School and College senior Colleagues support delivery on the School KPI targets.£

- Lead the budgeting and planning processes for the School including the month end management accounts and quarterly forecasting in line with the requirements of College Finance.£

- To provide decision-making support to Head of School to deliver on financial targets and ensuring sound business development opportunities are progressed and tracked in line with delivery targets.£

- Integral member and key contributor of the wider College and University finance team progressing College/University-wide initiatives in line with agreed deliverables.£

- To continuously improve processes and procedures that support efficient and effective operations within a strong internal control environment, whilst supporting consistency of approach within the College.£

- The School has received a Bronze Athena SWAN award in October 2019 which shows its commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.£

£Main Duties and Responsibilities£

£1. Strategic financial management and business development Inform, contribute, and assist with the implementation of the School£s strategy with financial sustainability central to the decision-making process. Providing both support and challenge in the development and review of business case proposals and applying sensitivity analysis to the inherent risks and opportunities. Ensure post completion review is completed for approved business cases with recommended recovery plans to management in the event of underperformance. Robust analytical review of the existing teaching and research portfolio with recommendations on maximising further financial return.£

£2. Decision-making support Lead on ensuring that budgets are managed by liaising with budget holders within the School to take corrective action on budget variances, communicating as required to the College Finance Office. Prepare quarterly forecasts for Teaching, Research and Commercial activity at School level ensuring that the process is continually improved in terms of data quality and analytical insight, providing forecast input to the College Finance Office in line with agreed timescales. Preparation of the annual School budgets ensuring the process is robust including the provision of high-quality analytical insight, providing budget input to the College Finance Office in line with agreed timescales.£

£3. Relationship building Able to work effectively with staff at all levels, frequent interaction with the Schools leadership team, academic and professional services colleagues and finance professionals, across the University. Manage and develop the School£s finance team to ensure that a quality service is being delivered.£

£4. Internal Controls, Process Efficiency and Effectiveness Monitoring and development of internal control system to ensure School£s finances are well controlled and operate on the preferred corporate system and process. Work with the Head of Finance and Head of School to establish an effective risk management framework across the School. Optimise the service the finance function provides across the School/College and where appropriate eliminating duplication of effort. Develop a close partnership with the central Finance Office to ensure transactional support is delivered in a controlled, effective, and efficient manner.

£5. Other Duties Deliver a programme of training and support to drive a step change in the financial awareness and capability of academic and professional services colleagues. Attend meetings as required. Provide information as required under Freedom of Information Requests. Provide high quality and specialist advice & guidance on financial information and University policy.£

£Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience£



A1 Educated to a degree level£

A2 Membership of a recognised CCAB/CIMA accounting professional body£

A3 Strong evidence of continuing professional development relevant to the role

A4 Demonstrable experience in a similar management accounting role within a large complex environment£

A5 Comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning, budgets and forecasts£


B1 Knowledge of financial governance and regulation in the HE sector£

B2 A sound understanding of Inland Revenue VAT requirements£



C1 Excellent leadership and management skills£

C2 High level influencing and interpersonal skills, able to quickly build credibility and deliver impact at all levels£

C3 Strategic thinker, ability to develop strategy and policy and implement effectively£

C4 Ability to drive forward and deliver change in line with strategic and operational objectives and priorities£

C5 Ability to constructively challenge the status quo, influence change and present arguments based on sound professional judgement and expertise£

C6 Strong commercial awareness with a clear understanding of key business drivers and the ability to quickly understand the strategic corporate agenda in order to work effectively in partnership with senior managers£

C7 Well-developed report writing and presentation skills with the ability to present and translate comprehensive and often complex information and financial concepts for non-financial colleagues£

C8 Outstanding and proven analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to make well- considered decisions, resolve conflicts and demonstrate sound, professional judgement C9 A self-motivated individual with the ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight timescales with an aptitude for prioritising priorities and manage competing demands£

C10 Advanced skills in the use of industry standard and specialist financial and accounting software packages£

C11 Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft packages such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint£



E1 Substantial post-qualification management accounting experience with a proven track record in leading and managing the financial planning, reporting and governance within a large complex environment£

E2 Demonstrable experience of working with and influencing across all levels of an organisation including senior management operating in a political or highly complex environment £ providing direction, delivering results, building on relationships and capability and demonstrating personal resilience£

E3 Proven experience of building robust business cases with non-financial professionals and presenting these to senior management£

E4 A strong track record of leadership and delivery at a senior financial level operating in a political or highly complex environment £ providing direction, delivering results, building on relationships and capability and demonstrating personal resilience£

E5 Proven experience of successfully contributing to continuous financial process improvement and change with demonstrable operational and financial efficiencies delivered Job£


Planning and Organising£

Plan and organise a large workload effectively and efficiently covering a wide range of financial management activities.

Deliver financial management services to required timelines to ensure departmental objectives are achieved.£

Plan and manage projects as required, receiving information from and providing information to others to ensure effective progress.£

Regularly review and revise plans to meet changing priorities and develop/implement new ideas and ways of working.£

Monitor financial outturns against plans, update forecasts, and deal with related issues.£

Decision Making£

In addition to the provision of professional financial expertise the jobholder is required to provide expert and flexible advice on established financial procedures and policies to departmental administrators. The jobholder is responsible for identifying and proposing any changes in policy to the Head of Finance.

Facilitate solutions where disagreement exists across a range of stakeholders Ensure identified issues/risks are thoroughly investigated and escalated where appropriate Influence and challenge the decision-making of senior colleagues within the department and on project boards by providing professional financial expertise.£

Responsible for making decisions about appropriate business processes and the appropriate approach to implementation Lead on the identification and delivery of financial targets, related performance indicators for business as usual activities and specific projects and programmes of work.£

Determine appropriate financial controls and financial risk management practices ensuring that key risks are identified, evaluated and controlled£

Internal/External Relationships

Internal School management / administrators, provide expert advice and guidance on finance decisions/procedures/reports.£

College and Central Research management support.£

Management Accounting, provide timely and accurate month end/forecast and annual budget figures for consolidation.£

Other sections within finance office £ provide and seek advice/co-operation regarding finance policies, processing, reporting, procedures and information.£

HR, communication regarding salary information. Freedom of Information Officers, to provide requested information.£

Internal Audit, response to reports and control issues identified. External Enquires from general public, sourcing of information, statutory accounts.£

External Audit.£

Other external partners to generate business development opportunities.£

Problem Solving£

The job holder is responsible for balancing the competing needs and goals of the finance department and its clients to deliver corporate objectives£

An ability to contribute towards practical effective solutions to a variety of problems, often within time timescales and budgets. Some problems will be financially complex and will require a significant degree of analysis and thought Make sound judgements on finance issues and financial risk where there is no precedent and where other leading opinions may conflict.£

Assist in the preparation of options appraisals and business plans, providing financial challenge and resolution to issues arising.£

Pro-actively develop departmental financial recording and reporting processes.£

Required to make judgements on financial decisions and financial governance and risk where there is no precedent and whether other leading opinions may conflict£

Deal with conflict between the differing requirements of processes, such as balancing efficiency against sound financial control. This also involves managing cultural change to deliver consistent, optimum process for financial management and control.£


The jobholder should be a self-starter that demonstrates an ability to pick up work and progress with limited supervision, ensuring relevant information and issues are communicated to the Head of Finance. The jobholder is required to maintain confidentiality as he/she has access to commercially sensitive information.£


Accountable for finance service provision to the Adam Smith Business School. Financial income of circa £ 56m. Students: 1,700 undergraduate, 2,000 taught postgraduate & 170 research postgraduates Staff FTE: 170 research & teaching & 80 professionals & administration Covers full range of activities £ Teaching, Research, and Other Services The role holder will manage the work of finance administrators within the School. Works collaboratively with College Head of Finance.£

Terms and Conditions£

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 9, £52,560 - £59,135 per annum.£

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months£

This post is offered on an Open Ended basis.£

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme.£

Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.£

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.£

It is the University of Glasgow mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
Vacancy Ref : 049566 Close Date : 09-Mar-2021 23:45

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