Director of Finance

Liverpool, Merseyside (GB)
21 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
19 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide, the University of Liverpool is a comprehensive university with global reach, whose activities are rooted in world-leading research excellence and reflect the dynamics of the knowledge economy. Led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer, the University is entering an exciting period of strategic development following the launch of their Strategy 2026, as they seek to enhance their dynamic reputation and performance in a rapidly evolving higher education environment. The University is now looking to appoint a new Director of Finance.

The University of Liverpool has turnover of around £500 million on which it generates a healthy operating surplus.  Its primary financial objective is to generate surpluses to sustain ongoing activities and to maintain the necessary investment in its estate and associated infrastructure, which in the last year included capital investment of £80 million.  The Director of Finance will provide financial leadership and expertise to ensure that the University delivers its Strategy 2026, primarily through leadership and management of all financial operations. This will include leading on financial and management accounting, contributing to and enhancing corporate planning, financial risk management, business support and procurement. There will be a strong emphasis on developing excellence in all of these areas, on team leadership and on the provision of outstanding advice to the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and the Audit and Planning & Resources Committees.  The role reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor and works closely with the Vice Chancellor to whom it has statutory reporting responsibility.
Candidates will have lead or acted as deputy within a substantial finance function in a complex organisation.  They will have a strong track record of success and of delivering transformational change and of supporting commercial decision making.  They will also be CCAB qualified.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency adviser to the University of Liverpool on this appointment. A candidate brief with full application details can be obtained from their website at using reference code FLIAD. 

Alternatively email or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on 19th May 2017. Applications will subsequently be considered by the Selection Committee and formal first stage interviews will take place on 19th June 2017. Candidates who are successful at the first stage will be invited to a second stage of formal interviews on 26th June 2017.