Assistant Director (Financial Planning and Reporting)

United Kingdom
Salary Not specified
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

The Department and Role Purpose

It is an exciting time as the new leadership looks to transform the function through the introduction of new technologies to facilitate the next stage in the development of the Service and implement an innovative integrated planning and reporting framework.

The Finance Service's role is broad covering management of all of the University's financial matters. We work to support the University in achieving its strategic goals to be financially sustainable and responsible.

Our objectives are:-

  • To provide pertinent and robust management information, financial advice and appropriate challenge.
  • To run agile, responsive and efficient services for financial transactions.
  • To ensure financial compliance and accountability
  • To provide the highest quality customer service to our stakeholders
We promote and support effective financial management throughout the University, and work proactively to enable the University to continuously improve its financial performance and the value for money it offers to its students, customers, and funders.

This is a wide-ranging role in which the Assistant Director will lead a large Financial Planning and Reporting Team and will drive analytics that focuses on supporting strategic planning and the long-term financial sustainability of the University.

The purpose of the role is to oversee the following facets of the University's Finance Department.

  • Forecasting and financial modeling
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Business Partnering
  • Treasury and investment management
  • Statutory and management reporting
Working directly with the Senior Team, this position will play a pivotal role across all areas of financial planning, assessment of investment decisions, new business opportunities and development of success criteria.

Reporting to the Finance Director, you will work closely and build relationships with senior stakeholders across the business including Heads of Faculties, Professional Services, and Colleges. You will have operational ownership of all areas referred to above and be responsible for the development and maintenance of models, forecasts, reports and Key Performance Indicators to create an integrated reporting framework.