Deputy Director – Finance


Leeds Beckett is a modern, professional university with ambition. We are a community of 23,000 students from over 140 countries and 2,800 staff. We are an increasingly globally engaged university which continues to contribute positively to a thriving northern economy through our role as an anchor institution for Leeds and the wider region. We make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations through excellent education, research and service.

We have a strong sense of momentum, and we have shown tremendous cultural and financial resilience in the face of huge challenges during the pandemic. The lessons we learned over that period stand us in good stead as we navigate the challenges ahead.

We are now seeking a highly skilled and experienced Deputy Director of Finance. Reporting to the Director of Finance, you will lead a high performing Financial Planning and Reporting function of circa 20 colleagues, ensuring delivery of a full and professional management and financial accounting service for the University and its subsidiaries. Your experience will help us in delivering our strategic aims.

You will be a fully qualified accountant with strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of leadership in large and complex organisations, able to innovate and drive change and development. You will be experienced and confident operating and influencing at a senior level. Whilst you will have an interest in the higher education sector, your experience could come from the private or third sector or you might be a senior manager in a top 20 Accounting Firm with experience of the Higher Education Sector. Strong financial accounting skills will be essential.

This is an opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience in a fast-moving environment that offers challenge, opportunity and change.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit: .

Please direct any questions to Jim Allcroft at [email protected] or 07388 642 631.

Applications should be made via email to [email protected] by Tuesday 7th November. Preliminary interviews will be held with Dixon Walter from week commencing 13th November. A formal selection process will take place at Leeds Beckett University on Tuesday 12th December.

Working here means you’ll also have access to a wide range of benefits including our generous pension schemes, excellent holiday entitlements, hybrid and flexible working, reduced study fees, subsidised fitness facilities and a lot more.

Leeds Beckett University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly from black and global majority candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented at this level of post. All appointments will be based on merit.

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