Finance Consultant (Academy Finance) – Herts for Learning

Finance Consultant (Academy Finance) – Herts for Learning


Band 5 – FTE £34,000- £40,000 p.a plus excellent benefits (pro-rata for reduced hours)

Date Ending

March 30, 2022


Contract: Permanent, fulltime at 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year (part time / Term Time plus 2 weeks per year will be considered)


Salary: Band 5 – FTE £34,000- £40,000 p.a plus excellent benefits (pro-rata for reduced hours)


Location: Remote working with flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and occasional visits to Robertson House, Stevenage.


Do you have excellent accounting, financial management and/ or internal audit skills?


Would you enjoy the opportunity to work with a wide ranging portfolio of different clients, providing a variety of services, where you have the flexibility to manage your own diary?


Do you have an interest in working in the education sector?


If so, we would love to hear from you.


We are looking for two experienced and qualified /part qualified accountants to join our Academy Finance team, working with single academy and multi academy trusts providing a variety of services from consultancy type roles, including Finance Manager support, to managed services, including the monthly management accounts, and internal audit and assurance services.


In this role you will support the development and delivery of our services to single and multi academy trusts. This includes maintaining and developing your expertise in the financial reporting and management requirements of academies within a fast-changing educational landscape. The role requires the ability to travel and a proactive approach to applying your technical accounting skills and knowledge to a variety of situations.

The successful candidate will be qualified /part qualified accountants, have excellent accounting and financial management skills and be experienced in communicating financial information to non-financial clients, budget holders or trustees. Previous experience of working in the audit and assurance sector is advantageous. Full training on academy trust and school finances will be provided.


The Academy Finance team is part of HfL’s business services directorate and currently has four accountants and two transaction advisers, this is a growth area of our business and there will be advancement opportunities. The Team works closely with the business management team many of whom are DfE SRMA accredited, financial services for maintained schools and the finance systems team.

The team are working remotely where possible to support their educational setting and when required, providing onsite support to their schools in line with Government guidelines. Therefore, the ability to reach different locations by car will be essential. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. Also, as there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.


If you have any queries or want to know some more about this opportunity, please contact Louise Shaw who would be happy to chat to you on 07931 530320 or email louise.shaw@hertsforlearning.co.uk

Finance Consultant – Academy Finance Job Outline 03.2022


How to Apply

To apply, email a detailed CV to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk. As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we will be anonymising your forms.

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above.

We would love to hear from you.

Closing Date:  Wednesday 30th March 2022 at midday                   

Telephone Interview Date: Thursday 7th April 2022

Interview Date: Wednesday 20th April 2022 in Stevenage

HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.