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

February 18, 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 and financial management and/or internal audit skills combined with an interest in the education sector?


Would you enjoy the opportunity to work with different clients, including schools and academy trusts, on a daily basis both in Hertfordshire and beyond?


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 financial management, financial planning, internal audit and assurance services.


In this role you will support the development and delivery of our services to academies 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 education 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 2022

How to Apply

If you’re ready to apply, download and complete the HfL Application Forms along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline, and the equal opportunities form. Once completed, please submit the forms in a word format to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk


As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we ask that you follow the guidance stated in the application 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:  Friday 18th February 2022 at midday               

Interview Date*: Tuesday 1st March 2022      

*Please note that the interviews will be taking place remotely.

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.