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Head of Financial Systems

ISP Central
, United Kingdom
Date Added: Jun 13, 2022

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Purpose of Role

The role reports into the Group Head of Technology with a dotted line to the Group Accounting Manager.  Working closely with both Technology and the Group Finance community, the Head of Financial Systems is responsible for the maintenance, future development and effective operation of the Group’s chosen accounting system, NetSuite.  In addition, this role is responsible for the timely roll-out of NetSuite into newly acquired schools, working in conjunction with Regional teams to coordinate a successful implementation.  The position will also work with the rest of the Group Technology team to ensure a seamless interface between NetSuite and other core software (such as the MIS system).

The Head of Financial Systems has two direct reports, a Group Systems Accountant and a Group Systems Administrator.

Key Responsibilities

  • Global subject matter expert on finance business process, providing product knowledge and systems capabilities
  • Build and manage stakeholder relationships (Group Technology, Group and Regional Finance teams)  
  • Owner of annual NetSuite budget
  • Partner with and own relationships with relevant departments to deliver solutions to meet group strategies and requirements
  • Lead new NetSuite integration programmes globally
  • Drive accounting process improvements & consistencies across the Group in accordance with group accounting policies
  • Continued development of a robust training programme for NetSuite users across the Group
  • Manage the NetSuite team to maximise efficiency and ensure the team is challenged and developed
  • Manage the day-to-day relationship with the Oracle NetSuite Account Manager and be the first point of contact for all enquiries

About You

Key qualities expected for this role:

  • Good cultural fit within a collegial, hard-working, and fast paced environment
  • Organised, decisive and independent
  • Ability to work in a decentralised organisation
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, ensuring successful completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively to both internal and external stakeholders, across all levels of the business
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Self-starter with strong leadership skills, with the ability to mentor and motivate others
  • Excellent written & spoken interpersonal skills in English (Spanish advantageous)

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience of leading the development and roll-out of NetSuite in a multinational business
  • Educated to Degree level
  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, or CIMA) or equivalent
  • Strong demonstrable experience and understanding of NetSuite in a similar sized, multi-currency, multi-country business
  • Solid accounting knowledge and experience
  • Experience leading teams and developing and motivating staff
  • Project/change management experience in an agile environment - Desirable
  • PBCS experience - Desirable

ISP Principles

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Well-being and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.

Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.

Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.

Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.

ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.

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