Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

£87,176, rising to £92,474 Full Time, Permanent - Senior Staff

Oxford Brookes University is distinctive in nature. We are a modern and forward-thinking institution rooted in, and connected to a city with a rich history of culture and learning. We are a globally recognised University focused on providing high-quality teaching, delivering impactful research and an excellent student experience. Our vision is simple: “shape tomorrow through our unique blend of the modern and the traditional, by embracing diversity, seeking out the new and excelling in education and research.”

Our people are at the heart of the University - our excellence in teaching, research and knowledge exchange depends on the engagement, capability and wellbeing of our people. We strive to create and encourage an environment where people have the opportunity to develop, progress and thrive.

In acknowledgment of our commitment to gender equality and progression, we proudly hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award, a testament to our unwavering dedication to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all. Join us at Oxford Brookes University, where every step forward is a leap toward a brighter tomorrow.

The role

Due to retirement in the team, we are recruiting for a Director of Finance.

The role will be based at the Headington Campus (1 mile from Oxford City Centre) and will report to the Chief Financial Officer. The Director of Finance is responsible for providing senior leadership to the finance team to ensure that our services promote best practice, provide value for money and are customer-focussed. Covering both Financial Accounts and Management Accounts this role balances financial control, internal audit and technical accounting ability with the skills to accurately produce budgets and 5-year strategic financial plans. An ability to engage, communicate, challenge and influence effectively across a range of non-financial stakeholders alongside the building of trust and respect of financial colleagues is essential.

About the team

The Finance Team is professional and high performing with a focus on customer service delivery. Covering the delivery of core financial accounting, management accounting, sales ledger, purchase ledger and payroll through to insurance, risk management, major incident planning, course costing, surplus analysis, due diligence and partnership business case development. The Director of Finance has four direct reports:

  • Financial Controller - responsible for the statutory accounts and the sales ledger teams
  • Deputy Director of Finance -Financial Analysis and Panning, responsible for the University consolidated management accounts and financial planning
  • Head of Financial Systems and Service Improvement - responsible for the Finance System and process improvement
  • Risk and Resilience Manager - responsible for risk management and major incident planning
  • What will I be doing?

  • Strategic financial planning, monitoring, and reporting
  • Year end Statutory Accounts delivery and the annual financial returns required by the University's regulator the Office for Students (e.g. the annual financial return and the transparent approach to costing (TRAC) return)
  • Providing financial support, challenge and advice to senior managers across the University in relation to the planning and delivery of key financial targets.
  • Writing financial reports to the Vice-Chancellors Group, the Audit Committee, the Finance and Resources Committee and the Board of Governors.
  • Supporting and attending the Risk Management Working Group. Ensuring risk registers and mitigations are produced, reported, and satisfy the requirements of the VCG and Audit Committee roles in risk management.
  • Regular liaison with the Internal Auditors and reporting to the Audit Committee on completion of all auditor recommendations.
  • Playing a major role in the Learning Partnerships Advisory Group in terms of financial business case oversight, risk management, due diligence, and challenge. Working with the Director of Legal Services to support the PVC Chair of this group.
  • Chairing the Spin-Out Working Group as and when this is convened to consider and recommend spin-out proposals.
  • Ensuring that the financial regulations, policies, and procedures are regularly reviewed, in line with best practice, and subsequently monitored for compliance.
  • What skills do I need?

  • CCAB qualified accountant with significant post-qualifying experience at a senior level in complex and diverse organisations.
  • Management and understanding of how to develop and deliver an efficient and effective finance system.
  • Management of a team of qualified accountancy staff.
  • Outstanding financial management capability.
  • Understanding of IFRS requirements and working knowledge of VAT and corporation tax legislation.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to motivate, lead and develop a professional team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication/presentation skills, with the ability to write and prepare reports for senior management and committees.
  • An appreciation of the financial management issues of a University.
  • A professional and proactive approach with the ability to lead, motivate and develop a high performing team.
  • Ability to develop and implement efficient and successful ways of working, initiating, driving and gaining acceptance for change.
  • Able to demonstrate use of initiative.
  • Able to build effective internal and external working relationships.
  • Ability to thrive in a demanding and sometimes pressured role and meet deadlines.
  • About the location

    Based at our Headington campus, you'll experience the vibrant campus atmosphere and benefit from our modern office environment. The campus is one mile from the centre of Oxford and is served by regular public transport. This role will be hybrid typically requiring 2-3 days on campus per week.


    As an Oxford Brookes employee, you will enjoy 30 days holiday, plus 8 Bank Holidays and additional University concessionary Days (approx. 5 per year).

    We encourage and support hybrid working where the role allows and ensure that you have the necessary equipment to allow you to work flexibly.

    We have an extremely competitive Local Government pension scheme with a 19.2% Employer contribution rate, as well as providing all staff with financial education, a comprehensive employee assistance helpline.

    We prioritise the well-being of our employees—both physically and mentally, as well as financially. That's why we provide a diverse and comprehensive benefits package to support our team

    In addition, all employees have access to:

  • Discounted rates for the University sports & gym facilities
  • Brookes on-site Nursery.
  • Discounted travel options
  • TOTUM card discount scheme
  • Relocation scheme (for moves over 30 miles)
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Connected community - Brookes have a wide variety of staff networks which instill a sense of community offering employees a space for support, guidance and friendship making it a vibrant and inclusive place to work.
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

    At Oxford Brookes, inclusivity is one of our five guiding principles: we take positive steps to create an environment in which we celebrate, value and provide equal opportunity to all. We are committed to recruiting from the widest possible pool and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who embrace our values, regardless of their background.

    As a Disability Confident Employer we guarantee to interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential selection criteria.

    https: // my.corehr.com/pls/oburecruit/erqjobspecdetailsform.jobspec?pid=164339 Closing Date : 21-Apr-2024 Vacancy ID : 164339 Faculty or Directorate : Finance and Legal Services Location : Gipsy Lane Site, Headington Campus For more information : [email protected] Posted on : 28-Mar-2024

    Job details


    Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer


    Oxford Brookes University


    United Kingdom


    March 29, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 21, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics

    About the employer

    Voted the UK’s top modern university (QS World University Rankings 2021), Oxford Brookes University is a campus university located in the beautiful and historic city of Oxford. There are three campuses that are part of the university, linked by the BROOKESbus. The Students’ Union and the many societies on campus help to build the close-knit but diverse community Oxford Brookes is known for. Oxford Brookes was ranked in the top 50 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021).

    Oxford Brookes is a diverse and exciting place to study, with students from more than 140 countries making up 17 per cent of the student population. It provides an exciting student experience, with an internationally-focused atmosphere both academically and socially. With a huge range of events and societies, as well as an excellent student support system, students can make the most of their university experience.

    Ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching (Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2020), Oxford Brookes is known for the standard of teaching that its faculty provides. 94 per cent of the research at Oxford Brookes is internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014), which means students are learning from leaders in their field.

    Oxford Brookes has excellent graduate outcomes, with over 95 per cent of Oxford Brookes students in employment or further study within six months of graduating, and students have access to career support throughout their time at university to ensure they can achieve their career goals.

    The quality of the academic teaching at Oxford Brookes has an outstanding reputation, with a total of 11 faculty members having been awarded National Teaching Fellows, the most prestigious award in UK higher education teaching. 

    Students are taught by faculty members who are experts in their field and who are constantly undertaking new and important research in these areas. 94 per cent of the research at Brookes is internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Students are able to exchange ideas with teachers who work collaboratively to push their subject area forward. Students at the university benefit from new ideas being exchanged and developed between their own teachers and departments across the world. Oxford Brookes is well known for its international and global focus.

    Students can live in university accommodation, a great place to meet people and settle into university life. Full-time first-year international students starting in September are guaranteed a place in university accommodation if they would like it and are able to meet the application deadlines. There are a range of halls in and around the three campuses, with on-site support at all of them. All halls are on a BROOKESbus route and students living in halls can purchase a discounted bus pass entitling them to free travel on these services.

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