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Finance Assistant - Full-time

The Stour Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F9-59-S
  • Posted:06/10/2022
  • Pay:KR4 (£19,389 FTE)
  • Start Date:As soon as possible - subject to DBS
  • App Close Date:17/10/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:W/B 31/10 - Subject to References

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The Stour Academy Trust is seeking to appoint a highly skilled, enthusiastic and motivated person to the role of Finance Assistant.

Monday – Friday (37 hours, equal hours across 5 days)

45 weeks per year

Pro rata'd annual salary = approx £16,750 (gross)

Based at Thistle Hill Academy, working under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer and alongside 3 finance assistants, you will be responsible for providing a comprehensive financial processing support service for two academies within the Trust.

With the ability to work as part of a team, you will have experience in a similar role (software training will be provided), be highly efficient, show attention to detail as well as a willingness to learn and develop within a professional environment. With excellent communication skills you will need to communicate effectively with people, both internal and external to the Trust. You will be able to manage your time effectively whilst ensuring a high level of accuracy and be competent in working to achieve deadlines.

Key Outcomes/Activities:

Work with the Finance Team to support the Trust’s member academies in all financial support functions. Ensure all work undertaken is compliant with all financial regulations and audit requirements. Utilise and operate the Trust’s designated Financial Management Software (SIMS Finance) to undertake the following:

  • Ensure invoices are processed accurately and within the deadlines of the weekly timetable operated by the team.
  • Process BACs and cheque payments.
  • Monitor aged creditors and take relevant action to ensure suppliers are paid promptly and within the agreed terms and conditions.
  • Monitor and review outstanding orders on an ongoing basis.
  • Raise sales invoices.
  • Processing journals.
  • Support the month end close down process as required.
  • Support any audit requirements as required.
  • Support cash collection procedures.
  • Assist with filing and post and forwarding any queries on to the relevant member of the team or academy.
  • Undertake general housekeeping and administrative duties in support of the finance team.

The job holder may be required to cover finance colleagues during staff absence.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted here are indicative and may vary over time. Postholders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.

We strive to be diverse and inclusive & a place where we can all be ourselves. As a Trust we are committed to improving our way of working to be more inclusive and equal. We believe inclusion for our children starts with inclusion for our adults. We believe we’ll do better by our children if our staff come from different backgrounds and we create an environment of inclusion and belonging for all.

Information about the trust

Join a supportive and collaborative network of staff at The Stour Academy Trust.

The Stour Academy Trust recognises that our education system needs to quickly and more radically shift to close equity gaps and to better prepare our young people for the 21st century. We are transforming our schools from passive forms of learning focused on direct instruction and memorisation, by moving towards interactive methods that promote the critical and individual thinking needed in today’s innovation-driven economy.

Our pedagogical model combined with the intentional deployment of technology will help us deliver personalised learning in an enabling environment. Technology will accelerate our progress but will not be the driver of our vision.

We aim to nurture a community of learners that challenge thinking, where our staff are empowered to take risks and develop their practice to meet the needs of an evolving school system, which is not held back by traditional restrictions and ideologies.

By limiting routine or unnecessary tasks we allow professionals to focus on learning behaviours and interactions which will promote emotional intelligence and the development of children as life-long, curious learners.

There will be no barriers to achievement within our learning community and our teachers will build strong relationships that facilitate the learning of others. Collaboration will open doors, minds and possibilities and enable individuals to meet their personal goals. .

We are looking for people that:

•Recognise that our current education system needs to radically change to better prepare our young people for the 21st century

•Want to move away from passive forms of learning and move towards interactive teaching methods that promote critical and individual thinking

•Are able to take advantage of the latest technology to deliver personalised learning that is accessible for all children, irrespective of their language skills, reading ability or any other factors that may present learning challenges

•Want to work with other staff as a community of learners that challenge traditional thinking

•Want to develop their own practice to meet the needs of an evolving school system

•Want to develop children as life-long, curious learners

•Want to build strong relationships with children that facilitate their learning

•Want to teach in enabling environments that promote flexibility, collaboration and independence

Job Contact Information

  • Name:HR Department
  • Address:The Stour Academy Trust,
    Park View,
    CT2 0NR
  • Telephone: 01227 931560
  • Email: hr@stouracademytrust.org.uk



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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.