Service Director – Finance Services

Location: Darlington
Job Reference:AM/76777
Salary:£75,000k plus excellent benefits
Type:Permanent

The Client

Our client is an award winning & accredited Education Services company.

They specialise in HR, Payroll & Pensions services, Multi-Academy Trust Development, Finance and Safer Recruitment services, to provide a blend of advisory solutions and education tailored software.

They are a technology enabled business, but people are at the heart of what they do. They believe in developing long lasting relationships with their customers and employees.

The Opportunity

For this Service Director position, this is a key senior leadership role reporting directly to the Corporate Director and Board.

Primarily, you will oversee the development and delivery of their range of education finance services aligned to their Value Creation Plan (VCP) and business priorities as well as implementing strategies to deliver those strategic, financial and operational priorities.

Key responsibilities:

Some of the key responsibilities for this successful person would be but no limited to:

  • You will lead the drive for strong service and financial performance to support senior leadership team and executive decision-making.
  • Be responsible for leading and supporting the creation of continuous improvements across your respective service areas, prioritising, leading, and supporting your teams, and reporting to the Board.
  • You will be a strategic and operational leader; you will be responsible for the overall performance of the team and ensure that the cross functional teams adhere to processes and procedures for the effective delivery of outstanding services whilst optimising commercial returns.
  • You will be required to exercise your judgment over complex cross-organisation projects in a demanding customer environment.
  • You will create and work in cross-functional teams to support customer work and meet both customer and business needs.
  • Ultimately you will ensure all teams are aligned to the delivery of the Education Division VCP whilst ensuring customer services and customer project work is delivered to an excellent standard.
  • Organisational leadership – leading on all strategic customer projects and activities. You will work closely with the Board and your peers to deliver the Finance Service delivery and delivery of the VCP
  • Providing leadership to Assistant Directors for your respective service areas and cross-functional support to other service areas e.g., Leadership and MAT Development (Consultancy)

The Candidate:

The successful Service Director will be/have:

  • You will be a Qualified or Part Qualified Accountant
  • Able to demonstrate a broad range of education finance sector knowledge and experience or you might be from Commerce & Industry and willing to bring some further commerciality to the Education sector.
  • Strategic leadership and operational delivery: relevant experience working within a matrix organisational structure to drive forward actionable metrics that improve efficiencies and deliver value for money, with the consumer in mind
  • People leadership: ability to lead and empower cross-functional teams.
  • Strategic thinker; open to new perspectives and better ways of working; an advocate of innovation
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent stakeholder relationships with the credibility to engage, influence and gain the confidence of others
  • Change agent: willingness and conviction to spearhead new initiatives that will lead to operational improvements. Establishing an organisational culture in which people embrace the notion of continuous change
  • Strong team management and leadership experience, including the ability to build and motivate diverse teams, and to ensure the effective handling of a broad range of day-to-day operational challenges
  • School Resource Management Adviser accreditation would be desirable, but not essential

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • A mix of home working and travel.
  • Flexible working hours
  • On-site parking
  • Pension Scheme
  • BUPA Cash Plan
  • 26 days holiday plus public holidays
  • Company events

They have big ambitions for the future – and therefore want to speak to the right individuals with the right energy and values to take them there.

Please contact for a confidential discussion

Your Consultants

Andrew McLeod
Senior Recruitment Consultant
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