Thank you for your interest in this exciting board level role at Coventry University Group.
Coventry is an award-winning modern university group that is innovative and dynamic, we have grown rapidly from a single-site University into a successful and sophisticated global enterprise with quality led operations across the UK, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and China. Our vision is to be a leading provider of innovative education and impactful research on a national and global scale. With a Group turnover nearing half a billion pounds we are an organisation that is highly ambitious and focussed on growth.
We have broken the mould in order to widen the reach and quality of our education provision across the globe. Our ambitions and approach stand us apart in the UK higher education sector and with the coming years characterised by continued national and international growth and the formalising of a defined Group structure we are now recruiting a Group Chief Finance Officer (CFO) to develop and lead our global financial strategy.
The successful candidate will work regularly with the Board of Governors as well as attending relevant Committees and subsidiary Company boards. As such, s/he is expected to develop an effective working relationship with the Chair of the Board and other key members of the Governing Body.
As we grow, our CFO will implement strong financial controls and best practices, particularly in relation to tax efficiencies and ensure robust processes are in place to protect the Group from risks. We are keen to explore applications from across sectors, but candidates must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of international financial operations and relevant leadership in a complex, group environment, with competing measures of organisational success.
You can find out more about the role on this site and further information on the University by clicking here. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the opportunities with you in the first instance.
We are a unique higher education group with a unique approach to our activities. We recognise that our staff are central to the group’s success and are committed to supporting our people to deliver teaching and learning, research outputs and impact, and enterprise development which will enhance our ability to operate globally. Our approach is partnership driven, entrepreneurial and sustainable.
Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have received a variety of awards and accolades in recent years, and our future is looking bright too. We’re proud of our achievements and how the university’s global reputation is flourishing. We’re committed to continuing to deliver quality teaching and learning, outstanding student satisfaction, and our objective of making our students into global ready graduates.
We gained university status in 1992. Since then, we have worked tirelessly to become a global enterprise, establishing multiple campuses and initiatives across the world, including the Coventry University Group.
The Coventry University Group is an umbrella term for Coventry University and all of the locations owned and governed by Coventry University. You can view our Organisation Chart – Executive Structure, Organisation Chart – Operating Units and the Coventry University Group Structure Chart for a more detailed overview.
Job Title: Chief Finance Officer
(Group) Grade: Senior Post Holder
The post is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and CEO, and through him / her to the Board of Governors, for the provision of Financial services across the Coventry University Group (defined as the University, its subsidiaries and companies). A senior post holder and member of the Group Leadership Team with responsibility for developing and supporting strategy, planning and change management across the Group and, with specific focus on the impact on the Group’s financial position, achievement against the corporate pillars, to support its growth and sustainability. The post provides leadership to fundamental elements of the Group’s Corporate Plan and the provision of expert professional advice on all financial issues, strategic and important governance matters.
The post-holder is responsible for the Group’s financial strategy, ensuring that it supports effective delivery of the Corporate Plan and the future sustainability of the organisation. The post-holder will work with senior leaders to develop new sources of income, grow existing income, reduce costs and improve surpluses through innovative methods.
The role is Coventry based; however, the post holder will be expected to spend time in other locations in the UK and internationally working closely with a wide variety of stakeholders to influence the strategic direction of the University Group in support of the Corporate Plan. The Chief Finance Officer is part of the Executive and Group Leadership Team. The post holder will work regularly with the Board of Governors as well as attending relevant Committees such as the Audit and Risk Committee and Strategy, Finance and Resources Committeeas well as attending subsidiary Company boards. As such s/he is expected to develop an effective working relationship with the Chair of the Board and other key members of the Governing body.
The income for the University Group for 2020/21 was circa £438m.
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The Uiversity also offers a range of benefits including flexible working, a childcare vouchers scheme, training, personal and professional development and discounted membership to the university’s bespoke £4m sport and recreation centre. In addition, we have a number of lifestyle benefits, such as our cycle to work scheme and our Coventry University car share scheme, all designed to support your career, wellbeing and the environment.
A summary of our benefits can be found by clicking here.
This post will be engaged on a permanent basis 51% on Coventry University Terms and 49% on CU Corporate Services, until such time that the articles of governance can be amended. Then it would be 100% through CU Corporate Services.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University, an executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
The closing date for applications is noon Monday 18 July, 2022.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference number AQ1495.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Samantha Bryn-Ross on +44(0)7510 384 713 or Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927.
The forward timetable is to be confirmed, allowances will be made to account for candidate availability over the summer.