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Executive Director of Finance

Vacancy Details

Salary: Circa £80,000
Location: Eastbourne
Job Type: 37 hours per week
Closing Date: 05/09/2022
Reference: 0000004705


East Sussex College is a progressive and proudly values-driven organisation which is here to serve the communities of East Sussex.  Our greatest asset is our people.

Executive Director of Finance

College location: Based at our Eastbourne Head Office 
                                        (with travel to other campuses as required)

Annual salary: Circa £80,000 
                                        (Flexibility for an exceptional candidate, subject to                                                      qualifications, skills and experience) 

Hours:          Full time, 37 hours/week

We are looking for an exceptional Executive Director of Finance to join the College’s Executive Team at a really exciting time.  In November 2021 the college was inspected by Ofsted and the work of all our staff was recognised with an overall grade of Good.  Following ESFA intervention in November 2019 the College also moved to post-intervention monitoring and support in December 2021.   The Executive Director of Finance will have responsibility for ensuring our trajectory towards good financial health continues. 

As our Executive Director of Finance you will provide the Board, CEO & Principal, COO and senior leadership team with technical financial and accounting expertise and advice.  You will promote excellent financial management and ensure robust internal controls so that public money is used efficiently and effectively.  You will also assist the COO to develop the College’s financial strategy.

You will be responsible for leading the cross-college finance team and ensuring its effective operation, to include: providing professional advice and guidance on finance and budgetary matters; production of accurate financial reports, forecasts and analysis; ensuring procurement in line with financial regulations; management of taxation matters; management of allocated budgets. 

The successful candidate will have a relevant professional qualification as a qualified accountant and have significant proven experience of successfully leading and managing multiple teams within a finance function in an FE college or educational establishment.  As well as operational finance experience and knowledge, the job holder will demonstrate successful implementation and delivery of commercially focused, compliant finance strategies and complex income models, will have experience of developing and delivering robust financial controls and will have proven experience of producing management accounts, draft budgets, financial plans/projections and end of year financial statements

You will be a credible and motivational leader and communicator, who builds effective working relationships with all stakeholders and develops talented and competent teams.  A solution focused and organised approach is essential, as are advanced level IT skills.


If this sounds like you and you will enjoy working in a high performing, fast paced, professional and friendly environment, we would love to hear from you and would be happy to have an informal chat should you wish!  

In return, we offer a competitive salary, as well as generous annual leave, enhanced statutory entitlements, comprehensive staff development, an excellent pension scheme with life assurance and access to a staff discounts portal which can save staff on average upwards of £500/year (launching in academic year 22/23).  

We also have additional staff benefits and discounts, which include - free onsite parking, discounted travel via EASIT or the Green Travel Scheme,discounted in house Spa and Salon treatments, cycle to work scheme, Employee Assistance Programme & Occupational Health, access to our Station Plaza Gym.  

Closing Date:                5th September 2022

Selection Date:             provisionally set for 16th September 2022

To apply please register or log in and complete our online application form via the 'Apply' link below. Alternatively, you can request an application form or appointment to chat informally about the role by emailing  

East Sussex College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  
We welcome applicants from ethnic minorities as they are under-represented in this institution.
At East Sussex College, we actively champion equality and diversity and we are committed to integrating inclusion and equality into every aspect of our culture and operations, for staff and learners. These values are central to our culture and a key part of our success strategy for individuals and for our college.
As part of our pre-employment checks, successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS, references will be taken and evidence of all qualifications and awards will also be required before commencement of employment.  Failure to do so may lead to offers being withdrawn.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK.

We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a preferred supplier list for when we require additional support. We will be in touch if we need you.


Pension: Local Government Pension Scheme / Teachers Pension
Premises: All sites are innovative, state of the art buildings
Training: We offer comprehensive training to all employees
Concessions: Subsidised Hair & Beauty Salon and Cafes
Health: Discounted Gym Membership
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