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Chief Finance Officer

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Where everyone matters and a successful future begins

York College is the largest further education college in the region offering a comprehensive range of courses from Level 1 to degree level, making it the top choice for aspiring learners. Committed to upholding the values of ambitioncarerespect and success, our college is dedicated to providing the highest standards of education.

We are seeking an experienced Chief Finance Officer with a track record in raising performance to join our senior leadership team. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing strategic financial leadership, ensuring the financial sustainability and growth of the organisation.

With an in-depth knowledge of financial reporting, the CFO will oversee budgeting, financial planning and risk management, while supporting the college’s strategic objectives.

We have engaged FE Associates to help us with this crucial role. Contact our lead consultant,, before the closing date to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

About Us – Welcome

Dear colleague,

I am delighted you are interested in joining me and the team at York College and University Centre. It really is a wonderful place to work and study and I am sure you will love the college as much as our staff, students and apprentices do.

With a history stretching back nearly 200 years, we are a key part of the education landscape in York and North Yorkshire. This role will be a crucial addition to the strategic leadership of the college as we start the really exciting next phase of our development as we look to set the strategic direction of the college to take us to 2030 and beyond.

We have a very interesting and broad curriculum offer. It is the widest in the region, this means we serve the needs of York and North Yorkshire well. We offer A-Levels, T Levels and vocational study programmes to around 3,700 16-to-18-year-olds, a range of adult learning programmes, apprenticeships to around 900 apprentices and higher level study (including degrees). We engage with over 1,000 businesses to meet their needs and aspirations.

As a college, we are keen to ensure that we are brilliant in everything that we do and this role will support this ambition. Working closely with colleagues across the college, you will ensure that we support students and apprentices to be successful in their time at college and in their careers once they leave the college. You will also be pivotal in ensuring staff feel supported and develop themselves while they are working at the college.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be a strategic leader with a robust financial acumen and a comprehensive understanding of the sector’s financial landscape. You will be responsible for overseeing the financial operations, ensuring fiscal health and compliance with regulations. In addition to this, you will possess strong analytical skills to develop financial strategies that support the college’s educational objectives. As our CFO, you will be expected to provide expert financial guidance to the senior leadership team, manage budgets effectively and foster relationships with external financial stakeholders and will come to us with a proven track record in financial planning, risk management and audit oversight, ensuring the college’s resources are optimally allocated and safeguarded for sustainability and growth. Effective communication, leadership and the ability to navigate complex financial scenarios are also essential qualities for our CFO in this dynamic educational environment.

We are looking for someone who will be ambitious for the college to be successful, who will care about our students and apprentices, and who will always do the right things, in the right way, for the right reasons. If you think this is you, then I would welcome you to apply for our fantastic role and look forward to meeting you through the recruitment process.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. Interested parties are advised to make contact with our recruitment partner, by emailing, before the closing date and prior to submitting an application.

Best wishes,

With best wishes

Ken Merry
Principal and Chief Executive

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