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Senior Finance Officer - Full-time

The High Weald Academy, Cranbrook

  • Ref:KCC886-4003-272S
  • Posted:17/07/2019
  • Pay:Kent Range 8 (salary £25,238 - £28,781)
  • Start Date:2 September 2019
  • App Close Date:26/07/2019 at 10:00
  • Interviews:tbc


Senior Finance Officer

The role is to support the Finance Director in running the finance function, including operation of the in-house payroll system.  You will be based at our Brook Learning Trust offices at the High Weald Academy in Cranbrook, Kent.

The role attracts excellent employee benefits including reduced gym membership, employee assistance programme, free on-site parking, and membership of the local government pension scheme.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Ensure adherence to the Trust Finance Policy and Procedures and Scheme of Delegation
  • To raise orders, process invoices, and generate payment runs via BACS and upload to the online banking system for authorisation
  • Manage the purchase ledger, including monthly analysis of the aged creditors report 
  • Process the monthly payroll on the Sage Payroll system, run reports and upload to the online banking system for authorisation, ensuring compliance with the Trust Finance Policy and Procedures, and HMRC statutory requirements
  • Manage the administration of all Teachers Pension and Local Government Pension Scheme transactions and to be the Trust’s primary contact with these agencies on pension matter.
  • Act as the Trust’s contact with HMRC for PAYE and VAT matters
  • Reconcile the Trust bank accounts and ensure that income and expenditure is recorded promptly and accurately on the PS Financials system
  • Reconcile the Trust’s purchase cards on a monthly basis
  • Assist in closing the Trust accounts.
  • Liaise with external auditors, providing information necessary for conducting compliance and year end audits.
  • Support and supervise the Finance Assistants in the central and academy teams as and when required.
  • Any other duties as requested by the Finance Director, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Person Specification

The following specifications are essential for this role:

  • 5 x GCSEs or equivalent including English and Maths.
  • AAT qualified or experience within a finance function including accounts payable and payroll.
  • A high level of computer literacy and good excel spreadsheet skills
  • A can do approach to work, excellent communications skills including polite customer focused manner, an ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines.
  • Confidentiality and discretion.

Desirable but not essential for this role

  • Previous experience of working in school finance
  • Supervision of staff
  • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding protocols
  • PS Financials, Sage payroll

Application information

Please ensure that your application clearly states why you are suitable for this role and why you would like the chance to work at The High Weald Academy with our brilliant young people. You should also indicate if you are interested in a full or part time role.

Completed application forms should be sent to careers@brooklearningtrust.org.uk

Applications will be considered and candidates invited for interview, on receipt and an appointment made as soon as possible.

Closing date:  10:00am, Friday 26 July 2019

Contact Information:

01580 712 754 ext: 333/332/331



Information about the school

About The Brook Learning Trust

The Brook Learning Trust is proud to have three schools in our family of academies: The High Weald Academy based in Cranbrook, The Hayesbrook School in Tonbridge and the Ebsfleet Academy in Swanscombe. As a Trust, we bring together our unique academies in our belief in the power of education to change lives and communities.

It is our steadfast purpose to challenge and defy the barriers that constrain the educational progress of any child. We set high aims for aspiration and secure collective responsibility for all our children’s achievements. Our work is underpinned by the values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Optimism, Excellence and Accountability.

A strong focus on teaching and learning as well as high standards and expectations has led the Brook Learning Trust to become recognised as one of the strongest multi-academy trusts in the county. Learning and growing with us, children in our academies make great progress. Brook Learning Trust, working with The High Weald Academy, brings energy, passion and expertise to the education of our children.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff to share this commitment. All posts are subject to vetting checks including an Enhanced DBS check and references. An overseas police check will be required by candidates who have worked or resided outside of the UK.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Suzanne Hutchings
  • Address:Brook Learning Trust, The High Weald Academy, Angley Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2PY
  • Telephone: 01580 712754
  • Email: careers@brooklearningtrust.org.uk
Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.