Head of Financial Services

Chichester, United Kingdom
up to £65,360 pa
03 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 20/11/2018
Location Chichester Campus
Salary up to £65,360 pa
Package 30 days’ annual leave plus University closure days and Bank Holidays Generous pension scheme On-campus facilities including coffee shops, restaurant, gym Access to professional development opportunities
Job category/type Professional Services

Job description

The University of Chichester can trace its origins back to 1839. As the only University in West Sussex, we recognise the economic, social and cultural importance of 'place' and the need to meet both local and global challenges. Located on two beautiful, leafy campuses in Chichester and Bognor Regis, all of our staff are instrumental in achieving our University mission and vision. Our People Strategy 'Working together - Supporting each other', places our staff at the heart of our plans.

The role

This is a new opportunity for an ambitious and experienced finance professional to play a pivotal role, working with senior leaders, Directors and Heads of Department across the University. You will be supported by an experienced and committed Finance team who will welcome your professional leadership on all aspects of University-wide financial services.

You will provide sound financial advice and support on matters of financial strategy including advice on funding, capital project appraisal and other technical financial issues. You will deputise for the Chief Financial Officer and lead the Financial Services team having responsibilities for financial accounting, payroll, finance services and finance systems.

What you will need to succeed

You will be ideally a professionally qualified Accountant, from either the private or public sector. Experience and knowledge of the Higher Education sector is desirable, but not essential. You will be able to demonstrate great interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with staff at all levels and to get the best from people. With a track record of success in leading financial resources from a large and complex organisation, you will also be experienced in working within a team and influencing others to achieve strategic outcomes.

What you will get in return

We believe in giving you an opportunity to get more from your job, by helping you grow and progress, by acknowledging your talent, and by rewarding you well. In joining our exciting and vibrant community, you will give us your energy, enthusiasm and the drive to make a difference, which is why you will have access to a number of different benefits, which includes some of the following: 30 days' annual leave plus University closure days and Bank holidays, a generous pension scheme, access to on-campus facilities and professional development opportunities.

Confidential informal enquiries are welcomed by Elisabeth Whitaker, Director of Human Resources, on 01243 816119, Email:, or via Susan Coulter, Executive Officer, on 01243 816288, Email:

The University of Chichester welcomes applicants from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds as they are currently under represented at this level.

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Interview Date: 10th December 2018