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Deputy Financial Controller




£75,000 to £85,000



Deputy Financial Controller | £75,000 - £85,000 + amazing benefits! | SE London | Hybrid

For a progressive, forward-thinking university in southeast London, we are recruiting a Deputy Financial Controller. This is a new role, reporting to the Financial Controller, which will lead a high-performing team of 4, and manage the statutory returns, external financial audits, financial reporting, and the balance sheet. The Deputy Financial Controller will produce high-quality financial, management, and regulatory reports, and insightful financial control analysis and information essential for strategic decision-making. This role will lead the ownership for the Oracle ERP platform and will deputise for the Financial Controller as needed.

What you'll be doing:

  • Lead the timely and accurate production of year-end financial statements
  • Own the relationship with the external auditors and be responsible for continuous audit process improvements
  • Lead on taxation compliance, and lead on policy updates to Finance Regulations
  • Lead on cashflow forecasting and treasury management
  • Ensure effective financial controls are in place
  • Lead on optimisation, and best practice of the Oracle ERP platform, championing system compliance across the Finance team and wider organisation
  • Lead on continuous improvement initiatives
  • Represent Finance on Committees, working and project groups
  • Motivate, lead, and empower team members and role model / set expectations to lead a high performing team culture.

What you'll offer us:

  • Qualified accountant with up-to-date financial accounting knowledge and experience
  • Experience of working within Higher Education, the wider public sector, practice, or complex commercial organisations
  • Experience in developing high-performing teams
  • Oracle Cloud experience
  • Substantial financial reporting experience within the public sector
  • Experience coordinating a financial year end timetable and deliverables
  • Experience providing financial information to auditors and coordinating the audit process
  • Strong business partnering experience and track record of providing impactful analysis

What we'll offer you:

  • A very attractive defined benefit pension scheme, 26 days annual leave + 3-4 closure days over Christmas
  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • Additional weeks at full pay for maternity, paternity, and adoption leave
  • Study leave, Leadership Development programmes, Annual Season Ticket Loans and more!
  • A highly visible role giving an opportunity to gain broad exposure across the University
  • Contribution to the success of an institution with strong social values and outcomes
  • The opportunity to be part of a growing team with emphasis on impact, positive atmosphere, and sustainable work-life balance


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