Head of Academic Finance


Finance Department
CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Full time
Finance Department

17 August 2020 23:55

4 September 2020
£53,011.00 - £64,032.00 per annum

The Head of Academic Finance will provide strong leadership and management to the college based finance teams, ensuring these teams deliver an effective financial management service to the college and operate effectively and in accordance with the overall university framework. They will play a key role in ensuring the financial plans for our colleges are robust and sustainable.

As an expert finance professional, the Head of Academic Finance will work with a broad range of stakeholders, supporting them to engage appropriately with college and university processes. Communication is key as the post holder will be reporting to diverse audiences on finance and its wider implications. The post holder will be a positive driver of change and they will develop a culture of continuous improvement within the college finance teams. They will understand strategic objectives at both the college and university level and will be able to map these to delivery plans for their team.

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Every position within the University plays an important part in shaping future creative professionals, and impacts on the future of so many creative industries. Expert management of the organisation and financial operations of the University is essential to ensuring that this continues.

Specialist Knowledge/Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent (essential)
  • Professional accounting qualification, namely ACA, CIPFA ACCA, CIMA, or equivalent (essential)

Relevant Experience

  • Experience of working in a fast moving financial environment, working to key milestones and delivering comprehensive results to tight deadlines (essential)
  • Experience of working with large data sets, ability to write and develop financial reports and models using excel at an advanced standard (essential).
  • Experience of working across a large organisation and successfully influencing and managing change in such an environment (essential)

Communication Skills

  • Communicates technical or specialist ideas or information persuasively adapting the style and message to a diverse audience in an inclusive and accessible way (essential)

Leadership and Management

  • Builds effective teams, networks or communities of practice and fosters constructive cross team collaboration (essential)

Planning and Managing Resources

  • Effectively plans, prioritises and manages the delivery of complex projects or activities to achieve long term strategic objectives (essential)


  • Builds effective teams, networks or communities of practice and fosters constructive cross team collaboration (essential)

Student experience or customer service

  • Leads the improvement of the student and customer experience and promotes an inclusive environment for students, colleagues and customers (essential)

Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving

  • Identifies innovative solutions to problems to bring a wider benefit to the organisation (essential)

If you have any general queries, please contact the VCO Recruitment Team at vcostaffrecruitment@arts.ac.uk

UAL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive university - a place where we all can be ourselves and reach our full potential in our work, learning and creative practice. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.