Head of Student Finance and Student Funding

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University of Warwick, Coventry
£51,034 - £59,135 per annum
Jun 04, 2020
Jul 04, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Vacancy OverviewFull time (36.5 hours per week) Permanent position

The University is looking for a qualified accountant with significant post qualification experience in strategic financial management, credit control and system and policy development. Excellent staff management skills will also be required to lead both complex teams and high stake operations in a volatile and changing environment. Comprehensive knowledge of financial governance, legal requirements of credit control, student support regulations, UKCISA fee regulations, OfS and UKRI requirements would be advantageous.

This opportunity sits within Student Administrative Services managing the University's Student Finance, Student Funding and PGR Funding Teams.

A non-pensionable market supplement of £5,000 per annum is payable to the successful candidate on provision of proof of current membership of an approved accounting body.Job DescriptionJOB DESCRIPTION

To manage the Student Finance, Student Funding and PGR Funding teams with overall responsibility for the activities of those teams including:

• Raising and collecting tuition and accommodation fees, including related interactions with the SLC;
• Making bursary payments in connection with the University's Access and Participation Plan commitments;
• Making payments to trainee teachers on behalf of the DfE;
• Providing hardship funding to students in financial difficulties;
• Providing advice and guidance to prospective students on budgetary matters;
• Managing and reporting on the University's Central Scholarships and Award Budget;
• All compliance and reporting associated with the externally funded PGR training grants; and
• Processing all scholarship payments.

The role is ultimately responsible for all internal and external reporting to funding bodies including the UKRI's Centres for Doctoral Training.

Develop policy & strategy for all of the above areas, and ensure compliance with relevant changes in legislation and external body requirements including Student Finance England, SLC, UKRI, UKVI, OfS and HESA.

Network externally and have a deep understanding of sector/national issues, providing expert guidance on all Student Finance, Student Funding and PGR Funding matters.

To work with, and report to, a range of senior University groups, including Financial Control and Compliance Group the Financial Planning Sub-Committee, Academic Resourcing Committee, Fees Working Group, Widening Participation Committee and University Steering Committee. Also oversee systems developments with a drive to improve the student experience and manage resources to ensure efficient and effective delivery of operations, within a positive environment that supports staff development and wellbeing.


1. To use expertise to develop policy and strategy in relation to Student Finance and Student Funding matters, including working closely with the Doctoral College to ensure the best possible use of PG funding for scholarships and awards across a range of PG study opportunities. Also Strategy and management of Undergraduate Student Support governed by the University's Access and Participation Plan Agreement with OfS and in line with national legislation.

2. Managing studentship funding reporting and internal/external reporting for all funding bodies across the University, including UKRI. To include oversight of training and operational protocols, to ensure strong financial management, consistent coding and reporting of data.

3. Perform analysis of information and data, both internal and external, to make recommendations on Student Finance and Student Funding matters. Coordinate the annual non-standard tuition fee setting process with all academic departments feeding into Fees Working Group. Also regularly reporting to Financial Control and Compliance Group and Five Year plan submissions for Financial Planning Sub-Committee and Academic Resourcing Committee on scholarships budgets.

4. To undertake/ participate in project management within Student Administrative Services on relevant projects with overlap to student finance and funding operations, e.g. enrolment, development of online systems, fees reporting to provide expertise and knowledge in a wider context.

5. Ensure that appropriate IT systems are in the place to support Student Finance and Student Funding and take the lead in planning and developing those systems and links with other University systems such as SAP, SITS and Kinetic.

6. To lead and manage the Student Finance and Student Funding functions within Student Administrative Services, in implementing the Universities strategic objectives.

7. To provide advice and guidance to the Student Finance and Student Funding Teams and to develop staff within the team and the wider Student Administrative Services to flourish and progress their skills and careers.

8. To represent the University at external meetings, take part in working parties, user groups and other forums. To build on expertise and use skills and knowledge to develop policies and make recommendations to the University on all matters relating to the UK system of Financial Support for Students in Higher Education.

9. Member of Fees Working Group, Widening Participation Committee and Annual Fees Special cases Sub Committee (making recommendations on decisions to withdraw students for non-payment of fees or referral to debt collection agencies/solicitors).
Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1 A CCAB recognised qualified accountant with significant post qualification experience in financial management, credit control and system and policy development areas (a) Essential Criteria 2 Excellent staff management skills required for a complex team, with the ability to motivate and develop performance of a team of staff at all levels (a)(c) Essential Criteria 3 Ability to analyse complex data/issues and offer relevant solutions (a)(c) Essential Criteria 4 Ability to lead and plan strategic developments and to implement change across a wide variety of activities and projects simultaneously (a)(c) Essential Criteria 5 Significant experience of financial operation in a large and complex organisation (a)(c) Essential Criteria 6 An appreciation and willingness to assist with student facing issues (such as student debt, hardship, widening participation, student experience) (a)(c) Essential Criteria 7 Experience in an externally facing role (a)(c) Essential Criteria 8 Good understanding of how to achieve results as a senior manager, including a highly-developed strategic and political awareness with sensitivity to stakeholder perceptions and issues around the acceptability of policy initiatives (a)(c) Essential Criteria 9 Good interpersonal skills with the ability to form working relationships with a wide variety of people and the ability to command the respect of those groups (a)(c) Essential Criteria 10 Good IT skills, highly numerate, with the ability to synthesise and interpret large datasets (a)(c) Essential Criteria 11 Strong report writing skills including the ability to analyse and present complex (a)(c) Essential Criteria 12 An ability to manage a varied and heavy workload (a)(c) Desirable Criteria 1 Prior experience of working in the Higher Education Sector (a)(c) Desirable Criteria 2 Comprehensive knowledge of financial governance, legal requirements of credit control, student support regulations, social security benefits system, UKCISA fee regulations, OfS and UKRI requirements, hardship fund admin. & audit experience (a)(c) Desirable Criteria 3 Experience in tuition fee generation and collection (a)(c)Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .

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Closing Date3 Jul 2020