Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Egham, United Kingdom
30 Oct 2019
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27 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

One of the UK’s top 20 universities is seeking an ambitious and experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to play a leading role in delivering its growth and improvement agenda. Joining at a time of development for the university, amidst a challenging sectoral climate, this is a fascinating opportunity to create a legacy with a trailblazing institution.

Royal Holloway, University of London, is one of the UK’s leading universities. Through world-class research and the dedication of its teaching and professional services staff, this is a community that inspires individuals to succeed academically, socially and personally.  Royal Holloway offers an exceptional student experience alongside excellence in teaching and research, exceeding the sector average again in the most recent National Student Survey (July 2019). Royal Holloway has an annual income in excess of £175m and has operated at a surplus for a number of years, all while delivering an impressive investment and building programme which aims to cement the university as a destination for aspiring young people.

Reporting into the Principal and working closely, as a member of the Executive Board, with senior colleagues and the Chair of the university’s Finance Committee, the CFO is a crucial leader within Royal Holloway. The CFO has responsibility for the provision of finance services across the university, provides strategic and policy advice, and will be a key player in the development and implementation of the university's new strategy. The CFO will develop relevant institutional policy in relation to the challenges faced by the Higher Education sector as well as engage proactively with relevant external stakeholders, build and maintain effective relationships with the academic and professional service leaders of the university, and develop the existing finance team.

Candidates will have a compelling track record of senior financial leadership within a complex organisation of significant scale. Though they may come from a variety of sectors, they will have a commercial mindset and a strategic nous which enables them to develop and deliver plans to enhance the financial position of Royal Holloway. They will be a committed team player, with a collegiate approach and an aptitude for developing their teams. The appointed candidate will be confident operating at board level and be able to articulate financial information in a way which facilitates senior decision making. They will be ambitious, for themselves and the university, and bring an enthusiasm for the Higher Education sector.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Royal Holloway on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference FAXFJ.  Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 27 November 2019.