Chief Operations Officer

Permanent | Hampshire | Circa £120,000

Vacancy Description

This is a unique opportunity to join the soon to be formed South Hampshire College Group following the proposed merger of City College Southampton, Eastleigh College and Fareham College, set for 1st August 2023. This will be an incredibly exciting time to join the new college group as it builds upon the success of the three current colleges to increase impact on social mobility and economic prosperity across the community. To support this agenda, the group is seeking to appoint an experienced finance leader with the energy, passion and knowledge to ensure the organisation thrives and delivers inspirational learning that enables employability across the South Hampshire region.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will lead the financial strategy and ensure the financial integrity of the new college group through enhanced business planning, financial control and reporting to maximise efficiencies and opportunities for growth. You will provide the day-to-day leadership for the finance, estates, MIS and IT functions with a keen focus on capital expenditure, risk management and compliance, along with the analysis of key management information to maintain the financial sustainability of the group at this important time of change.

You will be a qualified, commercially orientated accountant with a wealth of strategic change management experience, ideally gained within a highly complex, customer centric, multi-stakeholder FE  environment. With strong technical knowledge, you will have excellent analytical and planning skills and be fully conversant with complex funding/revenue streams and capital investment initiatives. You must possess excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, with the capacity to engage at all levels across and beyond the organisation, to solve complex strategic challenges through deliverable and workable business solutions.

For more information and details on how to apply, please review the brief below. To apply, please forward a covering letter and CV to referencing assignment DP3085. Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about the role, please call John Dodd on 07545 431848.

Closing date for applications will be 9.00am, Monday 12th June 2023.

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