Birmingham City Council

Finance Manager - Education and Skills

10 Woodcock Street
£44,863 - £56,075
14 Sep 2021
12 Oct 2021
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Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority in Europe – and we’re on the cusp of something truly special. With an annual spend of over £3billion we’re gearing up for major events such as the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the creation of HS2. Championing economic growth for the city, we’re determined to create a brighter future for all our citizens and at the heart of this ambition lies our Finance team. Join us and you won’t just improve life for 1.1 million people, you’ll help Birmingham become one of the world’s most successful, sustainable cities.


Our vision is for Finance to be a best-in-class function that’s agile, innovative and proactive, as well as diverse and inclusive. This is an incredibly exciting time for us; the opportunities for you to contribute and influence, to make bold and significant changes, are endless. As we change finance services to give customers more control and add value through data analytics and insight, you’ll be at the forefront of achievement and progress.


As a Finance Manager, you’ll lead a small team to provide the best possible support to schools and the Council’s education services. It means advising on budgets, providing financial forecasts and thinking carefully about how resources are distributed and used to provide the children of Birmingham with a good education. Being responsible for the allocation, monitoring and reporting requirements of over £678m of Dedicated Schools Grant funding, a good working knowledge of the conditions of grant and legislative framework is essential. Compliance with financial legislation, especially the Dedicated Schools Grant is vital, and you’ll also need to know the Education & Skills Directorate’s business plan inside out. An excellent communicator who is motivated, caring and passionate about your work, you’ll be on top of the challenge and ready to deputise for the Finance Business Partner.


A role on this scale calls for an experienced finance manager with tried and tested skills. CCAB-qualified, you’ll have in-depth knowledge of management accounting, planning, budgeting, forecasting and performance management. You’ve also advised at senior levels, worked successfully with partners and brought in change initiatives. Articulate, resilient and politically smart, you can draw on excellent business acumen and innate determination.

This is more than your next finance role. It’s a chance to create a brighter, bolder Birmingham.

“Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information”

For informal enquires please contact Clare Sandland, Finance Business Partner - Education & Skills via email at

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We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.”

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