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Group Financial Controller


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 19 July 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2792924RR

The University of Southampton is committed to excellence in all we do, applying our insights and inventiveness to solve the most complex societal and environmental challenges. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, we are renowned for our innovation and enterprise and are within the top 1% of universities worldwide.


We are looking to appoint an experienced and collaborative Group Financial Controller to ensure the highest standards of probity and financial integrity, strong governance and the application of good financial practice and robust controls. Working across the University, this role will provide exceptional collaborative leadership ensuring a high level of service to stakeholders through a unified and service-orientated culture via the development and implementation of financial strategies to underpin the University’s ambitious strategy. Reporting to the Executive Director Finance, this new role will have strategic responsibility for Treasury management, Tax, Financial Accounting including internal and external audit, Finance Operations (AP, AR, Finance Systems) and Pensions including University Company Secretarial responsibilities for the University of Southampton subsidiary companies and group structure. 


This is an exciting opportunity to join a university that has a strategic growth ambition, and this role will be key in enabling this to be achieved. 

Applicants will have significant experience at a senior financial management level in a complex, dynamic organisation, ideally with the Higher Education sector. Experience of large financial software systems enabling standardisation, simplification and automation of processes is a must, alongside significant technical accounting, pensions, treasury management and reporting knowledge and experience. 


You will have a confident and collaborative approach, proven experience of implementing successful change management initiatives and managing large teams.

This post is offered on a full time, permanent basis. Apply by uploading your CV and a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role.

For an informal discussion with the Executive Director of Finance, please contact Julie Shaw - 

Working at the University of Southampton gives you access to a wide range of benefits in addition to our competitive rates of pay. Our core benefits include pension scheme membership; a generous annual leave allowance (supplemented by University closure days and public holidays) and excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave). All our benefits can be viewed here.

As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

Committed to supporting our staff and students, we are open to a flexible working approach. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break.

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Apply by 11.59 pm GMT on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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