Finance Officer

Mossbourne Federation
£22,500 per annum
05 Aug 2017
02 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Mossbourne Federation prides itself on fostering kind, courteous, hard-working and well-rounded students by providing an outstanding education and pastoral care whilst embedding a culture of 'no excuses'.The Mossbourne Federation comprises four academies: Mossbourne Community Academy (secondary) Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy (secondary) Mossbourne Parkside Academy (primary) Mossbourne Riverside Academy (primary).

The work of the Finance function includes making appropriate budget bids to relevant funding bodies, helping to ensure the academy is appropriately funded, agreeing budgets for teaching and support functions within the Federation, monitoring expenditure, ensuring financial probity and the payment of invoices and expenses. The function also manages the payroll for all academy staff. The department also has responsibility for the production of statutory accounts and financial returns to the funding agency.

The Finance team comprises seven staff who work seamlessly with the HR team, particularly regarding pay and absence-related matters.


  • The post holder will work as a part of a close-knit multi-functional professional team which has to operate flexibly to meet pressured and complex demands. The Finance Officer will provide support for the finance function of the four schools within the Mossbourne Federation. The Federation has recently implemented a new finance system (PS Financials) and the Finance Officer will be expected to play an active part in the roll-out and effective use of the system across the Federation.
  • Assist the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Finance Manager (FM) with the production of financial reports for internal and external clients such as the Learning Trust, Education Funding Agency, etc.
  • Ensure the integrity of the nominal ledger and provide monthly reconciliations of the bank and other key control accounts.
  • To produce monthly management accounts with insightful commentary and analysis to senior managers and budget holders.
  • To be responsible for the review of budget allocations, upload and phasing on an annual basis for consistency.
  • Ensure that efficient procedures exist for the prompt collection of debts.
  • Working with the FM, lead on the roll-out and effective use of PS Financials across the Federation, subsequently providing ongoing support and guidance to less experience colleagues across the Federation.
  • Act as the first line of support for PS Financials including
  • Setting up new user accounts, new workflows
  • Reset passwords
  • Assign budget holders
  • Adding new cost centres/nominal codes
  • To assist with government statistical returns, VAT return, gift aid, etc.
  • To assist with the day to day administration of ParentPay and in particular setting up events / trips and regular upload to the finance database.
  • To support the COO and FM with preparing clear and concise information for year-end.
  • To deputise for the FM and Payroll Officer during absences and oversee the workload of the Finance Assistants.
  • To assist the finance assistants with placing orders and processing invoices during busy periods.
  • To work diligently with colleagues within the team to ensure that service level agreements are achieved through the provision of a first class service to the academy chain.
  • To adopt a flexible approach to working practices and to provide support in any area finance where business need arises, under the direction of the Finance Manager or Chief Operating Officer.
  • To comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.