Finance Support Officer

20000.00 - 25000.00 GBP Annual + GBP20000 - GBP25000/annum pension
10 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Finance Support Officer

Location - Stafford

Permanent (*Monday- Friday, full time - school term time only*)

GBP20-25K + standard benefits

An opportunity has arisen in Entrust Finance Services for a Finance Support Officer to join their friendly and well regarded team providing support and advice to academies and maintained schools.

Offering great flexibility, this is a standard 37.5 hours per week role but during school term time only.

About Capita | Entrust

Capita PLC is the UK's leading customer and business process management (BPM) company. We deliver back office administration and front office customer contract services to private and public sector organisations across the UK and Ireland. Capita had a turnover of GBP4.7bn in 2015 and employs 68,000 people.

Entrust is a joint venture between Staffordshire County Council and Capita to provide education support services.
Entrust work in partnership with schools and academies from over 50 Local Authority areas to provide specialist expertise offering a vast range of education services from school improvement to schools HR, finance and IT. Entrust also facilitate, broker and signpost school-to-school support to ensure the outstanding practice in schools is shared.

Key Responsibilities:

The post holder's specific responsibilities will primarily be delivered through a contracted number of half-day on-site visits to schools or academies, which may cover :-

Financial advice and guidance


Provide support and guidance on the operation of the school's financial systems.


Provide advice and guidance on the school's budgetary and financial control procedures.

Prepare the annual and multi-year budget plans for the school and advise on alternative budget strategies. This includes the main school budget and other school managed budgets, e.g. extended school budgets, externally funded projects.

Advise the school on current and alternative funding streams.

Review, update and report upon the school's annual and multi-year budget plans.

Recommend to the school how to implement local and national initiatives.

Recommend how to achieve Best Value

Advise the school or academy in the completion of financial returns

Advise on cash-flow forecasting

Prepare annual closedown information for the academy

Technical Support and Advice


Set up, maintain and advise upon budget and organisation structures in the school or academy's finance system.

Set up chart of accounts in an academy's finance system


Support and advise upon closure of accounts procedures.


In depth technical support on finance system related problems.

Induction training for new finance staff.

Qualifications and Experience


AAT qualified

Able to prepare and interpret financial reports and budget forecasts

Experience in financial closedown

Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills

* Good written, & verbal, communication skills


Excellent IT skills including strong Excel

Experience in setting up and maintaining charts of account and/ or cost centre structures

* An ability to work flexibly, significantly under one's own initiative and attention to detail


Suitability to work with children and young people including meeting the requirements for DBS clearance

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