Finance Manager

Location:          Working between the Bolton and Alcester Office

Salary:             Up to £45,000 dependent on experience

Hours:              Full Time, Monday to Friday

Contract:          Fixed Term, 12 months


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We are looking for a Finance Manager to join Outcomes First Group at either our Bolton or Alcester Office on a temporary basis for 12 months.


About the Group:

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate and care for.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Care and Education, Hillcrest, National Fostering Group, Options, Pathway Care Residential and Sunflower Fostering.


About the Role:

NFA group recently acquired OFG, and the two businesses are now in the process of integrating their central services. From September OFG’s finance system (Sage) will be transitioned over to NFA’s finance system (Access Dimensions), and all finance processes will be streamlined across the two businesses.

This purpose of this role is to support the existing operational finance teams in transitioning their processes seamlessly whilst continuing to provide day-to-day support to the wider business. The successful candidate will get involved in all areas of operational finance, supporting where required to ensure that deadlines are met whilst also scrutinising processes and developing solutions to improve processes and deliver efficiency savings across the finance function.

You will be responsible for providing the monthly financial results to the Head of Reporting, with comments on key variances to budget or forecast if applicable and related action plans. The Finance Manager will take an active and evolving role in producing accurate and timely monthly management accounts for multiple schools and residential homes across the Group.

The Finance Manager is also expected to model and track key initiatives, such as development of new sites or changes in the operating model (for instance impact of rotas and working hours for care staff).


Who we are looking for?

We are looking for an ACA/ ACCA / CIMA qualified accountant with relevant management accounting experience. The Finance Manager will have a proven ability to influence financial outcomes and work closely with operational managers. You’ll be in your comfort zone building relationships and communicating with people at all levels to drive continued financial and operational improvements.

The successful candidate will have advanced Excel skills and will be confident with data manipulation, analytical and presentation skills. Experience of Access Dimensions would be advantageous, though not essential

Willingness to travel is essential as you will be required to make visits to schools and homes on an occasional basis. This may also include overnight stays. 


Why work for us:

  • Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
  • Extensive training suite
  • Career development across the Group
  • Professional support network
  • Pension

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

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