Head of Finance - Commercial Clients

We're seeking a confident and inspiring Head of Finance - Commercial Clients to provide commercial leadership and support to North Yorkshire County Council.

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With ambitious growth plans in motion, this is an exciting time to lead the Commercial Finance agenda. The trading arm of North Yorkshire County Council, the Brierley Group, has a turnover in excess of £100 million and is growing rapidly, as we look for strategic finance leaders who can lead on all commercial financial activities.

We're seeking an exceptional person to lead the delivery of a portfolio of services to support North Yorkshire County Council and the Brierley Group including related internal and external services, partnerships and commercial arrangements. 

As the commercial finance lead across the organisation, you will challenge existing thinking, act as a senior point of contact and drive continuous improvement, ensuring that we are maximising commercial opportunities.

You'll be a member of the finance senior management team for North Yorkshire County Council leading in financial reporting of commercial activity, business planning initiatives, profitability and performance whilst liaising with commercial stakeholders.

Within the portfolio, you will also act as the main finance point for North Yorkshire Education Services and be a senior leader within the North Yorkshire Education Services team with line management responsibility as required. You will take a central role in engagement with third parties when considering merger and acquisition activity and potential partnering arrangements.

We are looking for innovative and credible leaders who are performance focussed and will be committed to steering the future financial direction of commercial activity.

You can read more about the service and apply below:

Post: Head of Finance - Commercial Clients
Salary: £48,000 to £55,840 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

In this role, you'll be leading on driving and delivering the production of annual business planning and budget setting, ensuring that they are consistent with strategic plans and agreed with the management team.

You will also deliver the analysis and reporting, cost and profitability to ensure that all commercial service areas’ budgets and forecasts are met or bettered, and identify areas for continuous improvement.

The role also calls for the coordination of pricing for bids and lead delivery of financial services packages to the Brierley Group. You'll also act as the lead person on financial analysis of merger and acquisition activity and associated implementation.

More generally, you'll be the financial expert in the council and the Brierley Group. You will also be part of the senior leadership team within North Yorkshire Education Services. As part of these responsibilities, you'll liaise with other finance heads and other finance staff as required to ensure the coherency of the finance function. You'll contribute your financial expertise and leadership to policies and best practice across the traded services and the wider organisation. You'll also develop the finance team to deliver the highest quality service to our commercial clients.

We also need someone to manage specific financial projects to drive forward our services as part of developing the finances of our organisation overall.

This role is key to growing our commercial business - we have the ambition to be the leading provider of education finance services within the North of England in the next five years and nationally within ten years. Can you help us fulfil that ambition?

About you

We're looking for a confident, financially astute and organised individual with inspiring leadership skills. You will have experience in mergers and acquisitions and ownership of business cases. Experience of financial management of education services would also be beneficial.

We're looking for someone prepared to hold traded services to account and who has experience of service budgeting and forecasting.

Our financial services might be centred in the public sector but we have many commercial and private sector-style services in place. We need someone to be able to apply well-organised and astute financial management to these and to develop them into the future. A big part of this is an ability to handle change management at large scales.

You'll be presenting and explaining financial matters to large groups, including management boards, so self-confidence and clarity of communication is a must.

Ideally, you'll have both commercial and public sector financial experience as we work in these two areas and need someone to excel in both.

Key dates

Closing date: 19 January 2020
Shortlisting: week commencing 20 January 2020
Interviews: 29 January 2020 (to be confirmed)

Key documents

How to apply

We're looking for a forward thinker who can apply a commercial sector ethos to public sector finances and drive our services forward.

Key dates

Closing date: 19 January 2020
Shortlisting: week commencing 20 January 2020
Interviews: 29 January 2020 (to be confirmed)

Contact us

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Michael Leah on 01609 532355.

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What we can offer you

A recent Local Government Association peer challenge found that North Yorkshire County Council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce, who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression, allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. 

"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."

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including flexible working hours, a local government pension scheme, family friendly leave, salary sacrifice, learning and development packages, employee discount benefits, 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.

This role will be based at County Hall in Northallerton, 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.

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.