Head of Financial Management Information

Durham University - Department of Finance

Responsible to: Director of Finance

Application is by CV and covering letter, which reflects how you meet the person specification requirements. Please quote the reference number 007998 on all applications and correspondence.

(Deadline for applications is 12:00 midday on the day of closing)

Purpose of the role:

Reporting to the Director of Finance, this is a permanent opportunity with a strong emphasis on change management, specifically relating to the provision of financial management information. In anticipation of the work which will be undertaken as part of the Durham DOES project, this role will support business as usual whilst planning for the future. This role is supported by the Senior Finance Business Partner, which is also a fixed term role.

The role requires a strong people manager and change manager, with a strong emphasis on designing and running efficient processes, able to deliver results to tight deadlines.

Working with:

  • Business partnering team (own team)
  • Other colleagues within the Finance team.
  • Finance staff within academic departments and other PS departments (not direct line reports)
  • Colleagues within the Strategic Planning Office (SPO), Computing and Information Services (CIS) and the operational efficiency project team (Durham DOES).

The main areas of focus will be around the production and delivery of financial and other related Management Information (MI) including:

  • Managing the business partnering team.
  • Overseeing the production of monthly financial MI, quarterly reforecasting, budgeting and forecasting for all areas of the University.
  • Mapping all current processes associated with production of financial MI, quarterly reforecasting, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Designing and delivering workshops with other users and audiences producing and receiving financial MI.
  • Understanding where and why shadow systems are used and developing standardised alternatives which can benefit all users of financial MI.
  • Developing ‘to be’ processes, identifying where MI can be delivered via standard reports
  • Developing a road map for development within Finance of ePBCS, the tuition fee model and other related projects.
  • Implementing ePBCS.
  • Working with CIS to provide financial MI through an intranet solution.
  • Leading and taking part in working groups in relation to systems changes and other University-wide change projects.
  • Networking with external organisations, including other universities undertaking similar exercises.
  • Preparing plans and papers for the University Executive Committee.

Skills and Experience

Person Specification:

The successful person will be an outstanding people manager, as well as an excellent change manager and project manager. The successful candidate will demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the role.

The successful candidate must:

  • Be a CCAB qualified accountant or equivalent (ACA, ACMA or equivalent)
  • Have the ability to lead, develop and motivate a team of finance professionals.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation including being able to influence and persuade others.
  • Have the ability to organise and prioritise own work and that of the team and to meet strict deadlines.
  • Possess demonstrable project management skills, process analysis skills and an innovative style.
  • Have proven experience in transformation and process improvement/process mapping/finance systems and change management.
  • Be able to delegate work appropriately and review the results critically.
  • Previous exposure to the Higher Education sector is highly desirable.
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