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School Finance Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

In line with our One Coventry Values we strive to have a workforce that reflects our local communities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds, applicants who have a disability and applicants who are from the LGBTQ+ community to apply for our senior leadership roles. 

Our Values are:

  • Open and fair: We are fair, open, and transparent.
  • Nurture and develop: We help and encourage everyone to be their best and do their best.
  • Engage and empower: We talk and listen to others, working together as one.
  • Create and innovate: We embrace new ways of working to continuously improve.
  • Own and be accountable: We work together to deliver the best services for our residents.
  • Value and respect: We put diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do.

About the team we are recruiting to

We are a dynamic Financial Management Team responsible for providing a diverse range of functions to drive the Council to fulfil its transformational journey.   We deliver the full range of financial management and accounting services to facilitate effective delivery of services to support the people of Coventry and deliver projects which are redefining the infrastructure of the city.

Working flexibly with internal officers and external partners we aim to ensure finance is at the heart of everything that the Council does.

The organisation has a high expectation of our service, and we will continue to support and develop our staff to have the skills to deliver a quality service.

What is the job role?

Are you confident and experienced in providing financial support and accounting advice to senior managers? Are you able to work effectively with many stakeholders towards achieving organisational goals?

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join the School Finance Team on a permanent basis, full time basis. We are looking for an individual with sound technical and numerical ability together with strong communication and interpersonal skills, to work within a challenging customer focussed environment.

The role will be varied and involves providing financial support to schools, including advice to Head Teachers and supporting all elements associated with the annual financial cycle.

The main duties and responsibilities of this role include:

  • Supporting a portfolio of schools with the preparation of financial management information, including setting and monitoring in-year budgets as well as multi-year forecasts;
  • Working with a variety of stakeholders within both the Council and Coventry schools;
  • Ensuring the accuracy and completeness of financial information in schools through analysis and challenge;
  • Providing robust financial modelling and analysis;
  • Undertaking assurance reviews on processes and procedures;
  • Assisting schools to complete and submit statutory financial returns;
  • Reconciliation of school and Council information for statutory reporting.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with an AAT qualification who is looking for a full time position.

You will need to demonstrate a good understanding of accounting principles and prioritisation of workloads as well as excellent interpersonal skills.  You will also need to engage with people at all levels to achieve appropriate outcomes. You will excel in numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills and have a strong ability to produce, analyse and use financial data.

The ability to work under your own initiative, use judgement, tact and decisiveness while working to deliver a first class financial and customer service against a backdrop of changing priorities is required.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 21st March 2024

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 5100 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

Coventry City Council

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