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Chief Finance Officer Bishop Grosseteste University

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) is seeking to appoint a qualified finance professional who will provide robust financial management and strong strategic leadership as the next Chief Finance Officer.

  • Location: Lincoln
  • Salary: up to £70,000
  • Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 18th July 2022

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), located in the heart of historic Lincoln in the East Midlands, is a small university that has a significant impact on the communities it serves in Greater Lincolnshire. With a long and successful reputation for offering high standards, since gaining degree awarding powers and university status in 2012, BGU has diversified its academic portfolio and is ambitious to grow student numbers and secure research degree awarding powers moving forward.

To support our growth ambitions and ensure we continue to offer the best educational experience and opportunities to our students, we are seeking to appoint a Chief Finance Officer, who will contribute to the success of the institution as part of the University’s leadership team. With responsibility for the management of the University’s finances, the Chief Finance Officer will report to the Registrar and University Secretary and lead financial planning, control, and robust reporting to ensure the financial sustainability and health of the institution.

The postholder will provide effective financial leadership, offering expert advice and guidance to the Senior Management Group and ensure the University’s financial governance policies and systems are robust and fit for purpose. The postholder will ensure these are aligned to the University’s strategic goals and will manage the accurate and timely reporting of all financial statutory accounts and duties to the Governing Council and all relevant regulatory bodies. The Chief Finance Officer will lead a team of Finance Business Partners, Finance Officers, an Accountant and Procurement Manager to support the operational delivery of financial management across the institution. The postholder will be a Director of BG Lincoln, the University’s subsidiary company.

They will contribute to the management and direction of this commercial enterprise to ensure it is operating effectively and generating additional income generation for the institution.

This is a permanent role and in line with BGU’s flexible working policy will require the postholder to work from campus at least 3 days a week.

Who we are looking for

With a nationally recognised accountancy qualification and a significant track record of managing financial systems, processes and budgets, we are seeking an experienced or aspiring strategic finance leader. You should be able to clearly demonstrate your experience of holding a position of responsibility as an accounting officer and reporting to senior management and/or into board level in a substantive or interim role. Experience of operating in a similar size or type of organisation and experience of financial management within a regulated environment or framework would be preferable. You must demonstrate a confident leadership style, capable of engaging colleagues and providing assurances to senior leaders around detailed financial accounting issues, as well as providing a steer on strategic direction and creative solutions to financial and funding planning and sustainability.

Candidates should be commercially astute and bring a flexible and creative approach to consider business and financial planning opportunities in support of BGU’s educational mission and strategic aims. You must be adept at building effective relationships across an organisation, have excellent presentational and written communication skills, demonstrate integrity in all interactions and be committed to making decisions based on evidence.

As a small university, sustainability through growth is key. We have taken steps to balance budgets affected by localised and sector-wide challenges and we are seeking someone with the relevant experience, professional credibility, presence, and knowledge to join us to support the delivery of a sustained plan for growth. This will require robust financial management, strong leadership, identification of relevant opportunities to grow, and creative solutions. This is an opportunity to add significant value to an institution and impact the experience and outcomes of our current and future students.

The postholder will lead, control and manage all aspects of financial management and maintain high standards across the University, overseeing budgeting and forecasting, risk management and audit, and pension arrangements. You will be expected to lead by example, providing visible and professional oversight of the professional services areas within your portfolio and adopt a creative, solution-based approach to problem-solving and strategic planning, ensuring the ethos and values of the University underpin leadership decisions at all times.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307


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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to consider applying for the position of Chief Finance Officer at Bishop Grosseteste University (or ‘BGU’ as we tend to call it). We are based in the beautiful city of Lincoln in the East Midlands and are proud of our 160-year heritage in providing high-quality education. Inspired by our Anglican foundation, we continue to live the values of respect, integrity, courage, excellence, resilience, and inclusion. By valuing all our people, and through ethical and enduring partnership working, we deliver individualised and creative support and transformation to our learning and business communities. Currently, we have around 2,300 students with an ambition to grow programmes, student numbers and our estate. Shaped by our heritage, it is our intention that the BGU of 2025 will be a confident, sustainable, and accessible university delivering high-class education to an ever-greater number of students.

To fulfil this ambition, we are seeking to appoint a qualified finance professional and capable leader as Chief Finance Officer. You will work closely with the Senior Management Team, ensuring that high-quality finance processes are in place and provide a strategic steer to help develop the University’s financial position and safeguard a sustainable future. Whilst we may be a small university, we are a great community, working together to enable the best possible outcomes for all our students.

We are seeking a person who is confident in their ability to manage and report on complex budgets and forecasting and can provide assurance in line with wide-ranging sector regulations and compliance. Essentially, we are seeking someone with commercial flair, who is able to contribute to shaping and delivering the strategic vision of the institution, ideally with knowledge of or the ability to bring ideas about new funding and income-generating opportunities for the benefit of the University. The successful candidate must be able to work creatively and with initiative, focussing on solutions to any issues encountered, work in collaboration with colleagues across the University and external stakeholders and be prepared to take a direct role in resolving operational challenges as they occur.

In return, employees of BGU can expect a collaborative and supportive working environment, and an excellent benefits package, including 35 days of holiday for grade 7 and above, additional discretionary leave days over Christmas, excellent pension schemes and agile working to name a few.

Whilst we may be a small university, the opportunity for the successful candidate to make an impact is huge.  If you are up for the challenge, we would very much like to hear from you.

Stephanie Gilluly
Registrar and University Secretary
Bishop Grosseteste University

About Bishop Grosseteste University

Bishop Grosseteste University is a vibrant community of more than 2,300 students and over 360 staff, with alumni across the globe. The University is at the historic heart of Lincoln, located on a beautifully green campus just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral, the Castle and old Roman city. With a strong legacy of providing high-quality education for 150 years, we are an important asset to the communities and economy of Greater Lincolnshire. With a commitment to first-class education at the heart of BGU, we have successfully increased access to Higher Education and continue to produce graduates who go on to highly skilled employment in the local area and beyond. BGU is incredibly proud that our commitment to widening participation has been recognised in The Times Good University Guide 2022, where we are the 2nd highest ranked university for social inclusion.

BGU was founded in 1862 as a Church of England teacher training college for women and our values of respect, integrity, courage, excellence, resilience and inclusion continue to be inspired by our Anglican foundation. We took the name of Bishop Grosseteste College in 1962 to mark our centenary, a name chosen in honour of Robert Grosseteste, the thirteenth-century scientist, philosopher, educator, and former Bishop of Lincoln. In the summer of 2006, we became Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln after a successful application for taught degree awarding powers and gained full university title in 2012.

Since 2012, BGU has undergone a period of significant development and growth -expanding and developing our academic portfolio, progressing towards research degree awarding powers, renovating and modernising our campus and developing partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. With education and teacher training a key focus and area of expertise, we have diversified our curriculum to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sports, achieving Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Through the work of our Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre, we are continuing to grow our postgraduate research community and are confident that a successful Research Excellence Framework submission will support our plans to achieve research degree awarding powers in the near future.

Shaped by our heritage and led dynamically into our future, by 2025 BGU will be a mature, confident, sustainable and accessible university.

By valuing all our people and through ethical and enduring partnerships, we deliver individualised and creative support and transformation to learning and business communities.

Inspired by our Anglican foundation, BGU will continue to live by our values of respect, integrity, courage, excellence, resilience and inclusion.

There is a range of benefit packages available to BGU staff including:

  • 35 days holiday for Grades 7+
  • Plus 3 additional discretionary days of annual leave over the Christmas period
  • Local Government Pension Scheme, offering up to a 19.5% Employer Contribution
  • Agile Working Scheme
  • Electric car scheme
  • Employee benefits platform
  • A 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme including free online GP services and face-to-face counselling sessions.


Bishop Grosseteste University is committed to developing an environment that is inclusive, fair, open and welcoming of individuals from diverse groups. Diversity and equality are recognised, encouraged, promoted and valued at all levels of the University and in all its functions. We value people and promote equal opportunities across the organisation.

Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome across campus
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats when needed
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted
  • BGU’s Diversity and Equality Annual Report contains examples of reasonable adjustments and can be provided on request
  • EDI statistics can be provided on request

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

Bishop Grosseteste University is a Disability Confident and a Mindful Employer

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    Closing date: Monday 18th July 2022
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 21st July 2022
    Interviews: Monday 25th July 2022

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