Senior Finance Analyst

Summary

We are looking for professionally qualified finance specialists with a background in accounting or financial audit, to work closely with senior colleagues across the ESFA to focus on particular priorities, such as financial underperformance, analysis of recovery plans and providing advice on management accounts and financial forecasts

Job description

The ESFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education, which provides £58 billion of funding for education and training for children, young people and adults. The Agency regulates academies, FE colleges, employers and training providers, intervening where there is risk of failure and / or where there is evidence of mismanagement of public funds. 

This role is within the ESFA’s Provider Market Oversight directorate which improves the oversight of education funding and providers and is an expert function that anticipates, detects and prevents the misuse of public money. PMO comprises approximately 160 staff based at DFE sites across the country. 

Further information about the Department can be found at: www.education.gov.uk
 

Responsibilities

Role Specific Responsibilities: 
- Work closely with senior colleagues across the ESFA to focus on particular priorities, such as financial underperformance, analysis of recovery plans and providing advice on management accounts and financial forecasts 
- Able to command respect in the sector and have credibility with senior colleagues internally and with Chief - Executive Officers and Finance Directors at external organisations 
- Attending meetings at external organisations, providing challenge and advice on the financial position of organisations as required 
- Able to conduct difficult conversations with senior members of staff in a professional manner 
- Scrutinising and evaluating complex financial intervention cases 
- Leading fieldwork to assess the quality and appropriateness of organisations financial management and governance arrangements and making recommendations for improvements 
- Acting as a national link between PMO and the ESFA territorial teams on all things relating to financial intervention 
- Co-ordinating and providing support to colleagues undertaking intervention cases and casework, quality assuring as appropriate 
- Delivering presentations and training as required to a variety of stakeholders 
- Writing concise papers with clear recommendations for senior staff. 
- Reporting to the Intervention Support Manager 
- Undertaking project work as allocated 
- Able to travel nationally with occasional overnight stays 

Person specification 
You will: 
- Be a professionally qualified finance specialist with background in financial planning and analysis, restructuring, corporate finance, accounting or financial audit 
- Have a good understanding of the links to other areas and how their work fits within the structure of the organisation as well as having a good understanding of the external business environment 
- Have technical expertise that allows you to make sound and balanced judgements 
- Be able to persuade and influence senior grades and stakeholders and have the expertise to be able to guide more junior colleagues on complex issues within their area of the business 
- Have sound analytical skills and good judgement to inform your decisions or when providing opinions or advice to others 
- Be able to providing expert advice to intervention team colleagues on financial issues 
have excellent report writing and interpersonal skills.

Qualifications

You will need to be a professionally qualified finance specialist with background in accounting or financial audit. 
CCAB or equivalent qualification (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA)

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Case study to assess financial and analysis technical skills