Financial Controller

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Education

Location: South East

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 05/11/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: c£75,000 and excellent benefits


We are seeking an exceptional Financial Controller to join Brunel University’s financial leadership team to play a crucial role during an exciting period of transformation.

Brunel University is a world-class educational institution offering a wide range of courses in London, with over c13,800 students and c2,500 staff, and a total income of c£220 million (2017/18).

As a key member of the financial leadership team, this role has a broad remit across the University covering financial accounting, financial services and processes, financial controls, tax, treasury and endowment management.

The post holder will play an active role in helping deliver the University’s 2030 Mission and Vision, while supporting the wider organisation to manage financial controls, providing guidance and training as necessary during a time of transformation with the aim of driving efficiencies and creating a best in class finance function.

The role will lead a team of 5 direct reports, with a wider staffing remit of 24. You will be required to provide expert advice on accounting in line with the relevant regulations (e.g. UK GAAP, IFRS and SORP), tax; as well as leading the relationship with internal and external auditors. The role will also lead the relationship with the investment managers of the University’s Endowment Fund.

The diverse aspects of the role include the oversight of: financial accounting and controls, taxation, treasury management, financial services and processes, the revenue and payments units, as well as finance training for the wider community, and people management and leadership of your teams.

You will need to be a fully qualified accountant (CCAB or equivalent) with strong leadership, transformation and strategic skills. Whilst sector experience is not a requisite, you will need to have gained relative experience from within a similarly complex organisation and have a genuine interest in working at a university.

Brunel University is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit and providing equal opportunities for all. Applicants requiring a flexible working pattern or part-time hours are welcomed.

  • Please contact Ed Stroud directly to discuss the role and process in more detail: / 02039780993


  • Application deadline: Friday 22nd November
  • Interviews: Wc 2nd December

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