Finance Officer/Bursary

Salary: £28-35K p.a.

Permanent –London or Wigan Campus
Closing date Monday 8th July 2019 by 12pm
Interview dates: week commencing 15th July 2019

ALRA is looking for a full time Finance Officer to take charge of the financial health of our company by administering accounting operations to meet legal requirements. You should be familiar with audits, invoices and budget preparations. Our ideal candidate demonstrates interest in managing accounting activities, including bank reconciliations, accounts payable and accounts receivable. You should also have excellent organisational skills and be able to handle time-sensitive tasks.

Ultimately, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day management of our financial transactions and procedures.

The post may be based at either our London or Wigan Campus and includes personal life insurance and a salary in the range £28k to £35k dependant on location and experience.

To apply please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Please apply using the application form available on our website (PDF or Word doc) or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a form will be emailed to you. Applications without a completed form will not be considered. You may include a CV.


The interviews will be held on the week comencing 8th July 2019.


This is a permanent, full-time post. The terms and conditions of service will be those currently in operation.


The closing date and time for receipt of applications is Monday 15th July 2019 at 12pm. 


Job Title: Finance Officer/Bursary Reports to: Principal
Locations: London or Wigan Direct Reports: Finance Assistant
Department: Operations
Key Responsibilities
  • Using accounting software to:
    • Post all daily transactions
    • Prepare balance sheets
    • Processing and paying invoices
    • Preparing student fee invoices
    • Prepare staff, student & tutor payroll
    • Audit preparation
    • Bank reconciliation
  • Ideally competent Xero user although training will be offered to the successful applicant who may be conversant with a rival package
  • Keep accurate records for all daily transactions
  • Prepare balance sheets
  • Process and issue invoices
  • Process and pay invoices
  • Record accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Update internal systems with financial data
  • Reconcile bank statements
  • Participate in financial audits
  • Track bank deposits and payments
  • Assist with budget preparation
  • Review and implement financial policies
  • Line Management of a p/t finance assistant
  • Maintain contact with current providers of bursaries and awards.
  • Communicate with University regarding student payments etc.
  • Communicate with ESFA regarding Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) and associated business liaising with admissions as required.
  • Administer the ESFA funds mechanism for DaDA’s liaising with the Registrar as required.
  • Respond to students in financial need in consultation with the Principal
  • Take calls from the general public, students and staff.
  • Represents the school at functions and events where appropriate.


  • Proven work experience as a Finance Officer or similar role
  • Solid knowledge of financial and accounting procedures
  • Experience using financial software ideally Xero
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • Working knowledge of financial regulations in respect of charity reporting
  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills
  • Sharp time management skills
  • Strong ethics, with an ability to manage confidential data
  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification in financial and/or management accounting
    • BSc degree in Finance, Accounting or Economics or
    • AAT Level 4
    • Professional qualification CIMA
    • Bursar Qualification (SBM Certificate/Diploma/Masters)
  • To attend Teaching and Learning Committee once per term, Chair Programme Board and attend Academic Board in accordance with the governance structure
  • To ensure the delivery of relevant courses meets the requirements of all accreditation/validation bodies under the guidance of the Quality and Compliance Director
  • To co-ordinate and author all Programme Level Annual Returns
  • To author Quality Assurance Reviews from a pedagogic perspective
  • To author Teaching Excellence Framework from and Enhancement and Teaching perspective
  • To provide timely and accurate reports and information as required by the Vice Principal (C)
  • To oversee the timely delivery of SOW Academic Director
  • To lead validation process for South Campus BA and MA programmes during all validation events
  • To monitor feedback from evaluations, analyse responses and monitor actions in conjunction with the VP (O)
  • To lead all academic tutorials with Vice Principals
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