Financial Reporting Associate, Academies Financial Reporting
London: £39,447 (qualified), £32,181 (unqualified): pro rata for part time.
National: £35,815 (qualified), £28,655 (unqualified): pro rata for part time.
Locations: London, Coventry, Darlington, Manchester or Sheffield
You’ll be joining the Academies Financial Reporting Division, playing a key role in one of the biggest financial consolidations in the world. With an annual income of more than £20 billion, our purpose is to collect data from the entire academies sector and to deliver an annual set of accounts for the Department’s Permanent Secretary and Secretary of State. This involves collecting and then consolidating information for more than 7,000 academies each year; helping to manage a number of suppliers; and working closely with multiple stakeholders who use academy data.
As part of the Department for Education, you’ll be helping to make a tangible difference to the lives of thousands of children and young people. And you’ll be entitled to benefits like the excellent Civil Service pension scheme, flexi-time and generous leave.
Working in a fast-moving, challenging yet supportive environment, you’ll take away transferable skills and experience that will be invaluable for your career.
The role calls for a blend of technical accounting and soft skills. You’ll own a portfolio of tasks, such as supporting accounts production and audit; commissioning valuations; or designing data collection processes from academies. You’ll lead on complex areas of financial reporting, delivering high quality work to often demanding timescales, and advising on day-to-day technical issues.
Collaboration will be vital. You’ll guide junior colleagues (EAs). You’ll liaise with stakeholders to improve key financial reporting processes such as online data collection. You’ll be part of an ambitious programme of change in the team, supporting work to bring a number of services in-house from suppliers and to automate the way we collect data from academies. More broadly, you’ll build strong links across the Department, and advise the academy sector, ensuring data received is robust and accurate.
As well as having excellent technical accounting knowledge, you’ll have delivered in a fast-paced, pressured environment. And ideally, you’ll also have experience of managing external audits, financial systems and statutory accounts, government budgets and financial reporting. You’ll also be enrolled / part-qualified on a CCAB qualification, or have experience in a finance and accounting role and an interest in enrolling for an accounting qualification.
The full list of required competencies for this role are set out here.