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Assistant Director of Finance

Trace Recruit
Central London
Up to £75,000 per annum
Closing date
29 Apr 2021

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Finance & Legal
Full Time
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Immediately Available Assistant Finance Director, Higher Education – Up to £75,000

A well-respected higher education organisation based in Central London are looking for a new contractor to join their finance team until the end of 2021. The Assistant Director of Finance is responsible for managing half of the finance team, and will be tasked with onboarding new finance professionals from the faculties into the central function. Suitable candidates will be qualified immediately available accountants with management experience. Other key responsibilities will include beginning the new financial plan, leading on budgeting and forecasting and developing the part qualified members of the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Onboard, lead and develop a new business partnering team
  • Manage the Management Accounting and FP&A team including the Head of Management Accounts and Faculty / Directorate staff
  • Take the lead on annual budget setting and the re-forecasting process.
  • To manage an effective centralised team amalgamating current activity with no deterioration in service delivery to the Faculties and Directorates.
  • Develop group wide analysis to direct and challenge decision making in key areas, through the use of financial information
  • Providing advice and support to the leadership team (PVC, Directors & FOO), providing financial information and reports to the senior management team and to the University’s Governing Body and its Committees.
  • Overall responsibility for the preparation of the annual budget and medium term financial forecasts for the University and its subsidiaries; to include capex and cash forecasting; planning assumptions; review for accuracy and completeness; sensitivity analysis; supporting narrative and reports.
  • Supporting Faculties and Directorates in the preparation of their annual and medium term financial plans; statement of financial health (SoFH) planning template; Directorate planning template; oversight of business partnering arrangements ensuring added value to Faculties and Directorates; ensuring congruence with institutional planning position.

Key Skills and Qualification:

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA Accountant with a minimum of 3 years PQE
  • Experience in Higher Education is essential
  • Team management experience, preferably a minimum of 5 direct reports
  • Ability to manage key relationships both internally and externally
  • Experience developing a team whilst allowing them to work autonomously
  • Engaging and professional


Trace is a London based specialist Accountancy & Finance recruitment consultancy. We deliver permanent and interim briefs in London and the Home Counties across Industry & Commerce, Financial Services and Not for Profit.

Our Consultant's specialise in a Market and either Permanent or Interim, and are trained with a suite of tools to offer an additional level of service and assessment so often promised but rarely delivered by our competitors that ensure we live up to our promise - Tracing Talent that Fits.

We believe that it is our intuition regarding person and company "fit" that makes the difference. But how do you quantify "fit" - and how is it measured?

We believe in 3 layers of fit when assessing a candidate:


1. Has the candidate got the right qualifications and experience?

2. Are they any good at what they do? Are they competent?

3. Will they fit into the organisation?


Currently the third layer is typically based on an instinctive point of view by the recruiter you engage with. Trace has launched the Predictive Fit Profiler to help assess “fit”. As part of our recruitment process every candidate we represent will complete the online profiler assessing, personality type, thinking style, cultural compatibility and motivations bringing an extra level of insight into our process, increasing the success rate of the recruitment we deliver. We are also able to profile your team so we can match your internal culture carries against external talent.


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