NJC Level 5 22 – 26 £26,317 – £29,636 (52 weeks)

Are you the Academy Finance Assistant we need to support the transformation of our Finance function?

We are looking for a conscientious, dedicated, highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to play a key role as we transform our Finance function during the next phase of our Academy’s development.

The candidate will be an experienced individual, who will be on the front line of our finance function on a day to day basis. They will report to the Finance Manager and Headteacher and will be responsible for maintaining accurate financial records and the timely completion of all internal and external financial reporting requirements.

We are looking for a candidate with excellent communication skills, strong accounting experience and confidence in effectively utilising Excel and financial systems. The successful candidate will be a team player, thrive in a dynamic environment, be approachable and have great attention to detail. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and will enjoy the challenge of managing their workload and priorities on a day to day basis.

We welcome applications from candidates with experience from educational or other financial and business backgrounds.

The successful candidate will need to have:

• a strong background in financial and management accounting with a good understanding of Balance Sheet control and stakeholder requirements.
• the ability to adapt and develop processes which support an efficient finance function
• a qualification relevant to the job ideally with a recognised accounting qualification (e.g AAT, CIMA, ACCA, ACA) or good evidence of equivalent experience and training
• excellent working knowledge of ICT systems; preferably a knowledge of Sage packages and expertise in Microsoft office including Excel, Word and Powerpoint
• excellent organisational, analytical and problem solving skills
• strong communication and interpersonal skills
• drive and commitment to get the job done
• flexibility to adjust to constantly changing work demands and to meet competing deadlines

Ardley Hill Academy is a happy, friendly academy based in Dunstable serving both the local community and pupils from further away. We have the highest expectation of all of our staff and pupils, with a strong commitment to promoting their well-being and whole academy values and we have a vision of safe fun learning for all.
We are an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post requires enhanced DBS clearance.

This will be under National Joint Council Conditions of Service and subject to references and DBS clearance.

Please apply in writing by email to

Closing date: Midday Friday 3rd May 2018

Interviews Friday 11th May 2018

Ardley Hill Academy are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to safer recruitment and will carry out enhanced DBS and Prohibition Order checks before start dates.