Office For Students - Senior Officer - Financial Assessment

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£36,012 - £37,812
10 Jun 2019
05 Jul 2019
Contract Type

-Financial analysis roles

-One permanent post - part-qualified (fully supported study contract available) or qualified accountant (newly qualified or experienced)

-One fixed-term post for six months with possible extension to a rolling monthly contract at the end of the fixed term - qualified accountant (newly qualified or experienced)

£36,012 - £37,812 pro rata for fixed term

The Office for Students (OfS) was established by the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA) and is the new independent regulator for higher education in England. We have responsibility for ensuring that higher education is delivering positive outcomes for past, present and future students and that all students, whatever their background, have a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

This is an exciting time to join a new and growing organisation and to work on a high profile area of technical analysis. To work with us, you don`t need to be an expert in higher education, but you will need a passion for making a difference for all students.

We`re currently recruiting to our professional financial assessment (FA) team within the Competition and Registration (CAR) directorate which will deliver technical analysis of financial information to support the work of CAR in registering and monitoring the financial viability and sustainability of higher education providers. The team has operational responsibility for delivering high quality, consistent, and reliable advice about financial viability and sustainability and for delivering the OfS`s statutory duties to monitor and report on the financial health of providers at both the individual and the sector level. We do this on the basis of the provisions of HERA and the OfS`s regulatory framework.

The purpose of this role is to work with others to deliver high quality assessments and to contribute to the review and improvement of the processes used to undertake this work. The role is part of a specialist team of accountants that provides advice and technical assessment to CAR colleagues and the OfS more broadly, as needed.

We`re looking for candidates to bring with them expertise and experience in the analysis and assessment of historic and forecast financial information, although this doesn`t need to be in higher education. You`ll be either a qualified accountant or working towards qualification and be able to reach reliable judgements on the basis of complex evidence. You`ll be able to communicate, both orally and in writing, complex technical matters in language that is easily understood by non-accountants and be comfortable working flexibly with a team on matters which may be complex or sensitive. You`ll need to work as part of a team to deliver your work to a high standard by the required deadlines.

It`s important to us that our team is diverse so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. As well as an exciting opportunity to be part of a new regulator, we provide our staff with a comprehensive staff development programme, 25 days` annual leave, the opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension scheme and the potential for support towards a professional accountancy qualification.

Closing date:5th July 2019.

Interviewing date:23rd July 2019