Finance Manager

West Buckland School is seeking to appoint a well-qualified and experienced Finance Manager to lead the day-to-day financial operation of this School. This is a significant role, managing two staff and co-ordinating and controlling the accounting function in support of some 200 teaching and support staff.

Responsibilities include the management and appraisal of staff, responsibility for the purchase and nominal ledger, delivery of payroll and cash management, management and statutory accounting, budgetary control and preparation for annual audit. The role includes developing strategic modelling for planning options and engaging with the Senior Management Team to support the delivery of changes and improvement initiatives. Commercial awareness is also helpful as the school is expanding its business enterprise opportunities.

The role reports to the Bursar and involves interaction with senior management, staff, parents and suppliers. The successful applicant will be a team player with qualifications appropriate to the role, professionally competent and with a positive approach to challenge, ideally with experience of school accounting.


To drive a culture of continuous improvement, oversee all financial operations and ensure resources are effectively managed. To act as financial controller with the following general areas of financial responsibility by managing and providing leadership, delegating tasks as appropriate.

Primary Responsibilities

To help create and drive the financial strategic plan.
prepare accurate and timely management accounts and financial information relating to West Buckland School and West Buckland Activities (including VAT returns).
To assist the Bursar in the preparation and review of management information and reports for routine budget and termly forecasts, cash management, debtor and cash flow projections.
To liaise with external auditors on all matters connected with the annual audit of the accounts of West Buckland School and West Buckland Activities, ensuring all necessary audit required material is prepared in the agreed timescale.
To manage and supervise the effective functional operation of the Finance Department consisting of Finance Manager, Assistant Accountant, Fees Secretary.
To prepare, develop and expand accounting models to support marketing, admissions, and business enterprise.

Please the see the full job description for further details.

Job Description

Application Form

Recruitment and Staff Monitoring Form

Where to send your application


In order to apply for this post candidates are required to complete the West Buckland School Application Form and send this, along with a letter of application addressed as follows:

HR Manager
West Buckland School
West Buckland
Devon, EX32 0SX

[email protected]
01598 760189

Interviews: Interviews will be held on receipt of suitable applications.