Finance Director

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Edinburgh 

Finance Director

The University of Edinburgh has a distinguished history dating back to the sixteenth century and is consistently rated as one of the world’s best. It is situated at the heart of the vibrant and beautiful city of Edinburgh which is one of Europe’s most thriving business and cultural capitals. The University has an annual revenue of £929 million, a student body of nearly 40,000 (of which 43% are international), over 14,000 staff, and world leading research, from which it formed 75 new companies in recent years. Whilst the higher education sector is enduring some turbulence, the University has taken a strategic approach to income generation and cost control, which has resulted in outstanding financial results and stability. 

The University is seeking an experienced Finance Director with the strategic, operational and leadership capabilities to provide excellent financial guidance and stewardship, as the institution develops into the future. The Director of Finance will have the ability to engage not just across the senior management team, but also with the University Court and key external stakeholders. Candidates will be able to develop the day-to-day effectiveness of the finance function and demonstrate the capability to lead on key strategic objectives related to finance and delivery of change. They will also be able to respond quickly to the changing economic and political environment in Scotland, the UK and internationally. 

The appointed candidate will play a key role as a member of the University’s senior team, taking forward strategic priorities, including enhancing student experience, delivering research that addresses global challenges, expanding international impact, delivering capital programme developments, and growing commercial and knowledge exchange activities. 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. This role will report directly to the Principal of the University.
Whilst experience of working within higher education is not a pre-requisite, candidates must be able to demonstrate the cultural flexibility to play a key role in the leadership of an important, wide-ranging and complex organisation.

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

Alternatively email or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications will subsequently be considered by the Selection Committee and shortlisted candidates will be invited for informal discussions with key stakeholders on Thursday 30 August 2018, with formal interviews taking place on Friday 31 August 2018.