Financial Management Service Opportunities

We have some great opportunities to join our FMS Service, join us in shaping our future.

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

Welcome

Thank you for your interest.

This is a very exciting time to join the North Yorkshire Financial Consultancy to Schools Service. We are one of only nine organisations nationally to have won a contract to deliver the Department for Education’s flagship School Resource Management Advisers contract. Through our expertise in providing financial consultancy and support services to the school sector, we are continually seeking to support our expanding customer base in achieving the most from the management of their resources.

The school sector has undergone a lot of change in recent years and whilst we continue to serve a strong existing customer base, our ambition is to become the largest provider of high-quality financial support to schools in the North of England. This ambition is served by a dedicated and well respected team who provide a strong professional reputation and a significant understanding of the sector.

Thinking about the roles 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, to work with a diverse range of customers where no two days are the same, 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 the delivery of education within our communities.

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

About the Financial Consultancy to Schools Service

The North Yorkshire Financial Consultancy to Schools Service 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 Service 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.

We support our clients with:

  • Preparation of annual budgets
  • Strategic long term financial planning
  • Management of financial resources
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts
  • Guidance to achieve compliance with recommended standards in financial management
  • Achievement of 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 North Yorkshire Financial Consultancy to Schools Service is undergoing an exciting development phase; we have been successful in bidding to be a supplier on the Department for Education Framework for School Resource Management Advisers (SRMA). We are delighted with this achievement, being one of nine organisations, nationally, to be chosen to deliver this project. The Team has ambitious plans for further development across the North of England in supporting schools and academies to optimise their use of resources to deliver positive outcomes for pupils.

By joining our Service you will be involved in the delivery of these services and have the opportunity to work closely with various education establishments, playing a fundamental part in the shaping of the resource management in these schools and their financial processes.

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:
 

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

Senior Financial Consultant to Schools and Academies

Grade M
Salary: £38,813 to £42,683
Location: Northallerton or home based – travel independently across county and region
Permanent.
The post can be either full year or term time only.

We are looking for a Senior Financial Consultant to join our successful team who deliver financial management services to schools and academies across North Yorkshire and its surrounding regions.  

Financial Management Services (FMS) operates as part of North Yorkshire Educational Services (NYES) and provides financial advice and support to over 300 schools and academies on a traded basis.  The service has a turnover in excess of £1.2m per annum, excellent customer retention rates, and has a reputation for delivering high quality valued support to clients.  In addition to this we are one of only 9 organisations supplying School Resources Management Advisers (SRMA’s) to the DfE.

As Senior Financial Consultant you will have a key role in shaping and managing the service and in ensuring service priorities are successfully delivered. You will be responsible for delivering outstanding services to clients; establishing strong relationships with clients and ensuring delivery of a value added service; assisting with service and product development; promoting the service to current and potential clients; and delivering training to key stakeholders. You will have line management responsibility for a team of specialist professionals.  You will also have the opportunity to apply for SRMA accreditation, if you are not already accredited.
 

To be successful you must:

  • Hold full membership of AAT and/or be educated to degree level;
  • Have significant experience in financial management and the provision of financial support;
  • In depth knowledge of budget preparation, management and monitoring;
  • Have knowledge of school financial management legislation and processes;
  • Proven track record of staff management, meeting targets and delivering high quality customer service levels;
  • Be able to interpret and analyse financial and non-financial information and to advise on, and make recommendations for improvement where necessary;
  • Have good influencing and negotiating skills.

We are ideally looking for those who have Academy experience but will welcome applicants with accounting/financial experience or experience with maintained schools.

In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, we can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and supportive team. You will also benefit from a variety of competitive employee rewards such as local government pension scheme, retail discounts and access to green car scheme which is just one of a range of salary sacrifice schemes available.

If you have an interest in our role and would like to hold an informal conversation, please contact Resourcing Solutions on 01609 5335585

Key dates
Closing date: Sunday 12 July
Interview date: 17 & 20 July

Key information

 Job description / Person specification (pdf / 412 KB)

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This role requires an Enhanced DBS
 

Financial Support Officer to Schools and Academies
Grade J
Salary: £29,636 to £32,029
Location: Home based – travel independently across county and region
Term time only plus 1 week.

We are looking for a Financial Support Officer to join our successful team who deliver financial management services to schools and academies across North Yorkshire and its surrounding regions.  

Financial Management Services (FMS) operates as part of North Yorkshire Educational Services (NYES) and provides financial advice and support to over 300 schools and academies on a traded basis.  The service has a turnover in excess of £1.2m per annum, excellent customer retention rates, and has a reputation for delivering high quality valued support to clients.  In addition to this we are one of only 9 organisations supplying School Resources Management Advisers (SRMA’s) to the DfE.

As Financial Support Officer, you will be responsible for the delivery of outstanding services to clients; establishing strong relationships with clients, and ensuring delivery of a value added service.  You will be supporting clients with day-to-day financial or school business management tasks, budget setting and monitoring, monthly reconciliations, attending governor/trustee meetings, financial forecasting, benchmarking, etc. You will also have the opportunity to apply for SRMA accreditation, if you are not already accredited.

To be successful you must:

  • Hold full membership of AAT and/or equivalent relevant qualification;
  • Have experience in financial management and the provision of financial support and in depth knowledge of budget preparation, management and monitoring;
  • Have experience of meeting targets and delivering high quality customer service levels;
  • Have the ability to meet targets and produce accurate high quality work as well as have the ability to interpret and analyse financial and non-financial information and to advise on, and make recommendations for improvement where necessary
  • Be able to display excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and good interpersonal skills

The role operates from home as the work base and involves travel to visit school and academy clients across North Yorkshire and its surrounding regions. The job also involves some evening work with attendance at governor meetings and local authority convened meetings. 

In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, we can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and supportive team. You will also benefit from a variety of competitive employee rewards such as local government pension scheme, retail discounts and access to green car scheme which is just one of a range of salary sacrifice schemes available.

If you have an interest in our role and would like to hold an informal conversation, please contact Resourcing Solutions on 1609 535585

Key dates
Closing date: Sunday 12 July
Interview date: 17 & 20 July

Key information

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 407 KB)

Apply

This role requires an Enhanced DBS
 

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."