We have a rare and exciting opportunity for a successful candidate to join our highly-regarded Finance team in the crutial role of school funding.
Working closely with headteachers and Business Managers, you will be central to understanding and delivering the financial solutions that will work best for our schools.
Bracknell Forest has built a reputation for sound financial management, expert guidance and high-quality financial reporting, earned due to consistently strong performance since the council was created in 1998.
The School Funding Officer role takes those qualities into schools and is designed to equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career in public sector finance.
A key difference from the commercial sector is that the schools in Bracknell Forest will be working closely with you to develop the right financial solutions from your hard work. The challenge of managing public sector finances has never been more complex or critical to our residents. With constantly evolving legislation, the impact of climate change, COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis, Bracknell Forest Council staff are there to support our residents.
Because we are Bracknell Forest.
What it's like working in our team…
The Accountancy Team is a friendy and busy team, with a good reputation for delivery.
As well as having a high degree of autonomy in your day to day work, you will be supported by a Business Partner and also experience working collaboratively within a team of experienced professionals who will provide the expert support you need to develop and thrive in this role.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
- To develop, maintain, and implement an appropriate funding formula for the allocation of annual budgets to schools, incorporating national and local requirements
- Responsible for completion of annual and other data returns required by the Department for Education and the Council, including the full data set associated with the calculation of school budgets via the national Authority Pro-Forma Tool (APT)
- Provide a range of school funding tasks including in-year updates to school budgets and key supporting information required for School Funding decision making
- Develop close contacts with school Business Managers, providing expert advice, support, and guidance on School Funding
- Investigate and answer financial queries from schools, using appropriate financial systems and maintain manual and computerised records.
The benefits you will experience are…
- An inclusive and social working environment coupled with the ability to regularly work from home.
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
- Internal sports and social club opportunities.
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership
- Supermarket discount.
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
- Local Government Pension scheme
What we're looking for…
The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills to aid decision making with good ICT skills, in particular in the use of spreadsheets and posessing a high level of attention to detail. An ability to build relationships with schools focusing on end user requirements are also key qualities.
There is autonomy in the role which will require self-motivation and flexibility with the ability to work on your own initiative, knowing that support and guidance is available when required.
Interviews will be held on 13th October, 2022
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role, please contact:
Paul Clark, Finance Business Partner; 01344 354054
As part of the Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.
Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.
No agencies please.