Financial Auditor (Academies) – Herts for Learning

Financial Auditor (Academies) – Herts for Learning


Band 6: FTE £44,000 - £47,000 p.a plus excellent benefits

Date Ending

September 8, 2022


Contract: Permanent


Hours: Part time working at 22.2 hours (3 days), or 29.6 hours (4 days) per week, Term Time plus 2 weeks (40 weeks). 


Salary: Band 6: FTE £44,000 – £47,000 p.a plus excellent benefits

Pro-rated salary for 3 days, 40 weeks: *£23,492 – £25,095 p.a

Pro-rated salary for 4 days, 40 weeks: *£31,324 – £33,459 p.a

(*inclusive of 6.4 weeks paid holiday entitlement)


Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, flexibility required to travel to client settings as required, and up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire as required.


Are you a finance professional with strong internal audit skills?


Do you want to use your skills to support schools and academies on an advisory basis?


Would you like to help shape and develop our internal scrutiny services to academy trusts, as well as lead on training and other development areas?


If so, this is an exciting opportunity to join HfL and fulfil your next career move, where you will support the development and delivery of new HfL services following recent sector announcements. 



Herts for Learning is the UK’s largest School Company. We operate as a social enterprise on a not-for-profit basis and are a leading provider of school improvement and business support services, training and resources, that enable schools, settings and trusts to deliver a great education.


We focus on supporting the schools we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children, and we are proud to operate with a not-for-profit ethos.


We are looking for an experienced, qualified accountant to join our Academy Finance Team, working with senior clients in academy trusts, to provide internal scrutiny services. The role will also include the development of new internal audits for academy trusts, working with the wider business services teams. 


You are a highly successful, finance professional with audit experience; you have proven abilities to work unsupervised and to support the development of internal audit and assurance services. You will be comfortable working with a varied range of clients, understanding their needs and experience to add value through the delivery of internal scrutiny services. You manage your time and outputs well to deliver against deadlines, and with genuine credibility built through the experience of your current role.


This is an exciting time to join the team. With recent sector announcements you will be well-placed to support the development and delivery of new HfL services to academy trusts, and for assisting schools converting to academies in the future.


Benefits: a competitive salary, a generous employer pension contribution, a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, and benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers.


Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of working on-site across various schools and settings, remote working and occasional visits to our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.


This is a great opportunity to join our diverse and successful team, and to have the opportunity to support academy trusts and settings.


Would you like 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


Financial Auditor – Academies Job Outline 2022

How to Apply

To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk with a detailed CV along with a cover letter to include responses to the following questions:


  • Please explain your motivation for wishing to join HfL and to work with schools?
  • Outline your experience in delivering internal audit duties and oversight.
  • Describe how you have managed and delivered your role effectively against multiple and conflicting priorities.
  • How do you build relationships with colleagues in your team, to support areas such as peer reviews and developing new practices and services, when the majority of your work is completed or performed remotely (ie off-site)?


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:  8th September 2022 at 9am        

Interview Date: 16th September 2022 in Stevenage.

We are committed towards becoming an anti-racist organisation, and our recruitment statement is set out below in support of this.

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 Anti-racist position 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.


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