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SEN Finance Officer

Northumberland County Council
£29,174 to £32,798
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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SEN Finance Officer

Do you want a challenging and rewarding career with real opportunities to change the lives of children and young people in Northumberland, if you are dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic then we want to hear from you. Who is NCC?

World renowned as a visitor destination, Northumberland is also the ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. What better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than to sample it on an everyday basis?

Our Vision is: “To make Northumberland a county which you regard as a great place to live, and in which you can access the things you enjoy, whilst having the opportunity to learn and thrive”

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here:

We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including:

· 25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service)(pro-rata for part-time employees) · Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme

· Flexi scheme applicable to majority of roles

· Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands

· A commitment to work-life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, home working, flexible working, part-year working, and compressed hours

· Car Leasing Scheme

An exciting opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people with Special Educational Needs has arisen in the School Organisation and Resources Team at Northumberland County Council.

The School Organisation and Resources Team is based within the Education and Skills Group in the Council, with responsibility for a range of statutory and support services, including school place planning, school admissions, schools capital projects, inclusion and schools funding.

The SEN Finance Officer will be an important member of the School Organisation and Resources Team. You will be responsible for the management of High Needs Funding, which provides vital additional support to children and young people in a wide variety of settings both within and outside Northumberland. This is a significant responsibility for a budget in excess of £40 million, so you will need extensive experience of financial management.

Reporting to the Education and Skills Business Manager, you will take the lead in liaising and managing finances for this complex area, working closely with and providing advice to other Education and Council colleagues, as well as Schools, other Local Authorities and Government departments such as the Department for Education.

The post is a full time permanent role

The organisation has a “hybrid working” model, which allows an agreed percentage of time working from home as department needs allow.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for full details by clicking here.

Who are we looking for?

All round excellent communication skills are required together with the ability to work independently, preparing reports and interpreting and explaining complex data to a range of stakeholders. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

You will have knowledge of education funding streams and excellent ICT skills including Microsoft Office.

You will also have a flexible approach and be able to contribute to wider School Organisation and Resources Team objectives and initiatives. You will also be able to plan and forecast accurately, working

closely with the SEN Commissioning and Place Planning Officer in developing systems to accurate forecast financial commitments on a short, medium and long term basis.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


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