Chief Financial Officer


Vice Chancellor's Office
UAL - High Holborn
Full time
Vice Chancellor's Office

16 July 2018 12:00

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor and working very closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Chief Operating Officer), whilst being a member of UAL’s Executive Board, the CFO will lead and manage the finance function in order to meet the needs of the University. They will ensure that the University has a strong financial strategy, complies with financial requirements enabling the Vice-Chancellor, Executive Board and other senior staff to make the best decisions for the University. They will also manage the budget process each year to support the achievement of UAL’s strategy.

With more than 19,000 students from over 119 countries, 4,500 staff and an annual budget of circa £260 million, the University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. The University promotes transformative education, creativity, and intellectual excellence in an organisational culture that helps talented staff and students to develop and enhance their abilities and ideas.

Ranked sixth in the world for art and design, UAL performed well in the 2014 REF with 83% of research submitted classed as “world-leading” and “internationally excellent”. Occupying multiple sites across London – with considerable capital development projects within the Olympic Park, Camberwell and other locations – students and staff benefit from the range of stimuli provided by – what is widely considered to be – the creative capital of the world.

The ideal candidate will be a fully qualified accountant, with significant experience of operating at Board or equivalent level in a large and complex organisation. A track record of successful senior management of a finance function in a large and complex organisation (with a turnover in excess of £300 million) will be important. As will be the ability to manage financial and budget planning in a changing and uncertain external environment where diversification of sources for funding is a priority. Knowledge and experience of at least some of the following will be desirable: UK higher education; procurement; insurance; UK and international taxation; internal resource allocation models; financing for large capital programmes and responsible investment.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference KASZB.

Applications should be received by 12 noon on Monday, 16 July 2018.

At UAL, everyone's identity matters. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our diverse students, staff, and the creative and cultural sector partners with whom we engage. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity, and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early to avoid disappointment as we reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date.

This opportunity is closed to applications.