Finance Manager – Education & SEN Inclusion Services

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Finance Manager – Education & SEN Inclusion Services
Taunton, Somerset
Interim Position

Somerset TLC0006 CBBB / 1

Posted: 22nd November 2022 13:48
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £350.00 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Taunton, Somerset,

    TA1 4DY

What's involved with this role:

Interim Finance Manager – Education & SEN Inclusion Services

Reference no:  Somerset TLC0006 CBBB / 1

Up to £350.00 per day PAYE depending on experience

Hybrid working available

Please note that the pay rate for this role is likely to be uplifted to reflect a higher than standard holiday allocation

The purpose of the role is to support the Service Manager and budget holders/administrators with medium term financial planning by identifying and quantifying the data required, analysing trends and forecasts and discussing needs with service and group managers.

This role will provide financial advice and support to budget holders in Education and SEN Inclusion Services. The person will offer financial advice, supporting the drive for change and efficiency, and providing challenge as necessary

Key Responsibilities:

  • Investigates and responds to specific questions from senior officers and/or members of the public.
  • Manage a team of 5 individuals, who collectively provide budget monitoring and forecasting (financial modelling) for the Education and Inclusion managers to enable them to make good financial decisions.
  • Understand, interpret and issue guidance on the impact of frequent legislative changes on processes and supports the Service Manager in devising innovative local solutions, systems and policies.
  • Prepares information required for committee reports or briefing notes, for example, drafting the outturn report and requests for use of carry forwards.
  • Supporting Managers/Budget holders in the preparation of their revenue budgets, addressing key areas of concern that will impact on service delivery.
  • Provide financial advice and support when establishing new areas of budget responsibility, for example, the creation of new trading units or teams. Continually reviews expenditure and income plans, staffing levels and associated running costs to ensure net expenditure is within budget available.
  • Compile regular reports on income and expenditure against budget for specific areas of responsibility, attending relevant meetings with Strategic Managers, Operations Director and the Lead Commissioner, identifying budgets/areas of work causing concern and considering appropriate action.
  • Provide analysis of management accounting information such as benchmarking, trends etc in respect of specific service areas to assist with strategic financial management.
  • Manage the accounting procedures for closing accounts within specific areas of responsibility, providing explanations for variations and recommendations for use of balances.
  • Prepare and provides advice, guidance and training on closure of accounts.
  • Inform policy development by ensuring that the Service Manager is made aware of specific issues, changes and areas of development relating to budgets by keeping abreast of national developments and legislative changes and assessing the implications of policies, plans and priorities.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Accounting Technician qualification (AAT – NVQ level 4) or relevant experience in a finance environment.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of working on own initiative, organise workloads, determine priorities and meet deadlines.
  3. Prior experience within local authority finance is a bonus, and more so if they have experience of working with Education or Inclusion services and experience of the High Needs Block within the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).
  4. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Finance Manager – Education & SEN Inclusion Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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