Finance Director

Bournemouth, Dorset
Competitive Salary
31 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Bournemouth University

Finance Director

Reference: FP65

Salary: Competitive Salary

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice. 

Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences that help to build our global learning community.

Having gone through significant transformation over the past few years, we are well placed to succeed at a time of unprecedented change for sector. With a turnover of £164m, over 1,700 staff, a student population of more than 17,000 and a multi-site campus, BU is a complex organisation and a major employer and key contributor to the economic, cultural and social development of its region, with a rapidly expanding national and international profile. We are ranked as one of the top 100 young universities in the world (THE Young University Rankings 2021), but our ambition doesn’t stop there.

A Finance Director is sought to play a critical role in the strategic development and management of BU and to be responsible for the financial management and organisational performance of the University. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, you will be a key member of the University Executive Team and University Board. Universities are complex and unique organisations and you will need to be able to demonstrate success operating in a similar environment with multiple stakeholders, a track record of change management experience at the highest level, proven strategic and operational leadership ability and the personal attributes to ensure financial rigour and performance standards of the highest quality are embedded in everything we do.

The variety and scale of our educational, research, entrepreneurial, cultural and social activity presents an exciting opportunity for the right candidate.

For an informal discussion about the role and expectations, please contact Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor, via Christina Pizot, Executive Officer at,

For further information and instructions on how to apply please refer to the candidate brief. All applications should be received by (Midnight) Wednesday 22 September 2021, via email to, along with an Equality Monitoring Form. 

For any queries regarding the application process please email,

Closing date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – midnight.

Interview date: Thursday, October 21, 2021. 

Informal online meetings for longlisted candidates are scheduled for Thursday 7 October 2021 and the final selection process will be held on campus at the university on Thursday 21 October 2021.

Our equality monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently under-represented within the university at a senior level. We therefore actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To support and enable our staff to achieve a balance between work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

BU values and is committed to an inclusive working environment. We seek a diverse community through attracting, developing and retaining staff from different backgrounds to contribute to inspirational learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.