Finance management opportunities - schools

Head of financial consultancy to schools

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  • Ambition, innovation, commercial focus; do you have what we are looking for?


Thank you for your interest.

This is a very exciting time to join the financial management service team, with fresh challenges, renewed ambition and plenty of opportunity to realise our potential. We are one of only nine organisations to have won a contract to deliver the Department for Education’s flagship school resource management contract. Reflecting our expertise in providing financial consultancy and support services to the school sector, we want to deliver better value for our existing customer base.

The school sector has undergone a lot of change in recent years and whilst we have retained a lot of customers, our ambition is no less than to become the largest provider of high-quality financial support to schools in the north of England. That ambition is served by a dedicated and well respected team who provide a strong professional reputation and understanding of the sector.

Thinking about the role available, the following words come to mind: opportunity, potential, creativity, innovation, ambition, commercial focus, quality customer service and, of course, financial excellence. If these describe who you are and what you are looking for in a role, then we would like to hear from you. We share, and are passionate about, those values and aspirations. In return, we can offer you the chance to flourish in a growing team, flexible working, the opportunity to be accredited as a school resource management advisor and, of course, fulfilling work that really does have a direct impact on key public services.

If you are interested in what we have to offer, we would love to hear how you can add value to our team.

Kind regards,

Howard Emmett - Assistant Director - Strategic Resources (CYPS)

About the financial management service

The financial management service team provides highly regarded financial support services to schools and academies. We are ambitious to further develop and expand our service offer in the changing education market within North Yorkshire and the North of England. The team operates as part of North Yorkshire Education Services. Our mission is to “deliver quality services and innovative business solutions that support all schools and settings to be outstanding.”

The service has professionally qualified staff with high levels of finance, accountancy and business skills and experience. This service has been established for over twenty years and offers a unique blend of professional financial services together with an expert knowledge of school and academy financial and business management.

  • Preparation of annual budgets
  • Preparation of long term financial plans
  • Management of financial resources
  • Production of budget monitoring reports
  • Guidance to achieve compliance with recommended standards in financial management
  • Guidance to achieve efficient and effective resource management

We work with maintained schools and academies. Our ethos is to work in partnership, ensuring leadership and management engagement, positive implementation of recommendations, embedding change and review of impact.

The financial management service team is now going through an exciting period of development; we have been successful in bidding to be a supplier on the Department for Education framework for school resource management advisers. We are delighted with this achievement, being one of nine organisations nationally to be chosen to deliver this project. All of these roles will be involved in the delivery of this service and offer the opportunity for those successful to work closely with various education settings, playing a fundamental part in the shaping of these schools and their financial processes. 

By joining our team you will be supported to achieve school resource management adviser accreditation, which will then enable you to lead financial reviews to identify financial challenges and put forward relevant and achievable recommendations in the wider local authority and academy sector. As an management adviser, you will take a collaborative approach to identifying how the trust / school can optimise its resources to deliver positive outcomes for pupils.

North Yorkshire County Council prides itself on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire as well as being the employer of choice. Our vision is for North Yorkshire to be a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and work force, we aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential, to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities. We heavily invest in the development of our employees, providing training and qualifications to further enhance their careers.

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Flexible working hours;
  • A local government pension scheme;
  • Family friendly leave;
  • Salary sacrifice schemes;
  • Learning and development packages; and
  • Employee discount benefits.

We can also offer you multiple opportunities for career progression working across a diverse client base and access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:

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This is an exciting time for the financial management service service, and we are pleased to be offering the following opportunity to join our team:

Heads of financial consultancy to schools

The FMS Team provides highly regarded financial support services to schools and academies. 

We are ambitious to further develop and expand our service offer in the changing education market within North Yorkshire and the North of England. The Team operates as part of North Yorkshire Education Services. Our mission is to “deliver quality services and innovative business solutions that support all schools and settings to be outstanding.”

We are delighted to have been successful in securing work with the DfE to carry out School Resource Management Reviews in schools and academy trusts in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber area which will offer a rewarding and challenging opportunity to support schools and trusts to deliver improvements.

Working closely with the Assistant Director, Strategic Resources, you will provide leadership to the team to continue to deliver an excellent service to our existing customers. You will provide drive, commercial direction and innovative thinking to develop new financial support products for the school sector, growing the customer base as well as delivering the SRMA contract.

The role is based at County Hall, Northallerton with potential for some home working, and will give access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous holiday entitlement and access to NYCC employee’s Everybody Benefits Scheme.  This post is offered as a full time role but consideration will be given to any applicants seeking a part time position or term time working.

Potential. Opportunity. This role has bags of potential to lead and grow a well-respected, dedicated and professional team. There will be opportunity to move the team into new markets and develop new products. However, it is not for the feint-hearted. You will be a confident leader with excellent financial credentials with the drive and tenacity to move the business forward. You will be equally comfortable working with senior leaders in the Council and in Multi-Academy Trusts as well as Governors, Headteachers and School Business Managers.

Informal enquiries about these posts can be made to Howard Emmett on 01609 532118

Apply now

To apply for this post please send your CV in a word document (not PDF) quoting ‘HFCS’ in the subject line, to by midnight on 3 July 2019. It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

Key dates

Closing date: Wednesday 3 July 
Interview date: Week commencing 15 July


Application pack

Hear what our staff have to say

We are extremely lucky to have a skilled and experienced team within the financial management service. We very much value their hard work and dedication to their roles and ensure that we are offering the relevant support and professional development to all of our team members. We are always keen to have input from colleagues and were pleased to hear that this was recognised in our recent staff survey, where 90 per cent of staff said that they had the opportunity to contribute their views. 

We also asked our team why they would recommend working in the financial management service team, and here’s some of the feedback they gave us:

Working for North Yorkshire County Council comes with numerous benefits. It’s really refreshing to work for an employer that invests support and trust in your work allowing flexibility with a focus on work outcomes. Another important benefit for me is the generous pension scheme.

I thoroughly enjoy working in the financial management service team. All of the team are really friendly and offer ongoing support when needed - there is always someone to go to for advice or guidance. We are lucky enough to work with various schools and academies, meaning we work closely with different colleagues and get a real sense of variety in our work. I thoroughly enjoy my role and one of the main reasons for this is the great team members I work with. I also get great job satisfaction from the excellent service we provide and continue to be recognised for.

If you are someone looking for a varied role, working with various schools and academies, in a dynamic and friendly environment then I would encourage you to come and join us!