Group Finance Manager

Appleford Ltd is an innovative and highly successful provider of education and care for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities. We have invested in two provisions, Appleford School; an independent day and boarding school near Salisbury in Wiltshire and Daneswood Care Home; a care home for young adults near Shipham in Somerset.

The Group Finance Manager will be expected to produce termly directors’ packs and monthly management accounts, provide monthly forecast, oversee the annual audit, monitor and be expected to provide regular briefings on Appleford Ltd’s financial performance. The successful applicant will be directly accountable to the Proprietor and will meet regularly with the managers of both locations to present reports as required and to provide quality financial advice.

It is anticipated that this position will operate primarily from our Shipham site in Somerset.

The successful applicant will also be responsible for the small finance team in both locations who are responsible for the daily finance.

As a valued member of our team, you have the opportunity to help make a real difference and to develop a truly rewarding career for yourself.

The role requires a qualified accountant with a good track record of relevant practical experience, who is a member of a recognised accountancy professional body.

Person Specification:

  • Management accountancy qualification
  • Strong financial and accounting skills ensuring the timely production of month-end accounts, forecasting and budgeting
  • Good working knowledge of sage accounting and payroll packages (or similar packages)
  • Proficient in MS Office, in particular MS Excel, and databases
  • Experience of working to deadlines
  • Strong team management skills and experience
  • Experience of holding a similar post within education or care sector would be a bonus.


Salary £45,000 + (Negotiable depending upon experience and qualifications). Flexible working hours dependant on requirements of the role.

How to apply:

An application form and full job description can be obtained from Claire Cooper (HR Officer): or you can download an application form from the Appleford School website Applicants are most welcome to arrange visits to our two locations.

Closing date: 18th January 2019

Appleford Ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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