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Executive Director of Finance

Chief Operating Officers' Office

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  Competitive plus benefits
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 02 April 2023
Reference:  R230052
Release Date:  Thursday 02 March 2023

This is a key role for the University, working closely with the Chief Operating Officer. The Executive Director of Finance will be an inspiring, and innovative leader who will contribute actively to the development and facilitation of the University's goals. Partnering with the Executive and senior leaders at the University, this is a critical role to ensure the University, and its subsidiaries, operate in a financially effective, efficient, and sustainable way.

The post-holder needs to have a commercial mind-set and excellent financial acumen, with the ability to lead a finance team. They will have responsibility for the overall operational leadership and management of the Finance Department, as well as contributing to the overall strategic development of the University as a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Operations Group. The provision of effective, high quality financial advice and support, to a wide variety of the University's key stakeholders, is also a key element of this role; as well as "best in class" operational and financial practices.

The importance of this appointment is central to the continued development of the University and its placing within the Higher Education sector in the UK. To that affect the University is seeking to identity high calibre and high capability individuals who can contribute and also enjoy a successful career within a high performing team.

Successful candidates must be Degree educated and a qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) with significant post qualification experience. Experience of leading and developing a reasonably sized team of finance staff is essential. Senior financial management experience within a large and complex organisation in either the public or private sector is critical for success in this role.

To find out more about this exceptional opportunity with one of the country’s leading modern and innovative universities, please visit  or contact our retained consultants, Alan Walter on 07876 766972, or Simon Critchley on 07891 842 347,

Closing date for applications is Sunday 2nd April. Preliminary interviews will be held with Dixon Walter from the 3rd April with final interviews the week commencing 1st May.

This role requires satisfactory DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

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