Oak National Academy

Head of Finance

Join Oak National Academy as they are looking for a Head of Finance

We are looking for a brilliant accountant who wants to help every part of Oak deliver on its mission whilst maximising tax payer value for money.

You will join our Operations team but be working across Oak and across partners and government to ensure we are fully compliant, financially sound and that we support all of our colleagues to achieve the highest quality standards for all our users.


  • Protecting and supporting the Accounting Officer, ensuring appropriate regularity, propriety and stewardship in line with the Nolan principles of public life and the requirements set out in Managing Public Money.

  • Providing consistent, accurate and relevant financial monitoring, forecasts and value-added analysis to Ministers, the Department for Education, HM Treasury, Oak Board, Senior Leadership Team and budget holders to support better management of resources and more effective decision making.

  • Responsible for taking decisions and making recommendations on all aspects of the organisation's finances. 

  • Develop and manage a high performing finance department, leveraging internal and/or external relationships.

  • Responsible for all decisions relating to the performance and function of the finance department.

  • Maintain specialist expertise in managing public finance  and be the authority across Oak and more widely across the sector.

  • As a member of the leadership team, contribute to the strategy, planning and model the culture of the organisation.

  • Work in cross-functional and product oriented squads with colleagues from across the organisation, as required.

  • Deputise for the Operations Director and take on other general responsibilities as required.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • 5+ years holding responsibility for finance processes/systems across an organisation.

  • Experience of recruiting, developing and managing a high performing department.

  • Experience of managing a 7 figure budget.

  • Qualified Accountant (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA).

  • Highly effective track record of interpreting financial information to help shape and influence organisational strategy.

  • Extensive experience of communicating complex financial information in a clear and concise way.

  • Excellent data modelling skills.

The successful candidate will have a desire to contribute in all areas to ensure Oak is successful. You will be comfortable working at pace and you will continuously look at ways that the team can work more smartly. You will be excellent at working as part of a remote team, building relationships and managing your time effectively.

Next steps

All you need to do is start the process by clicking on the yellow button on the top right.

You’ll answer some questions that are related to your day-to-day job. After the job closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, which includes completing a task and a formal interview carried out remotely over zoom. Also, we love giving feedback, so at the end of the application process we'll share how well you performed.

We are aiming to hold interviews in the week commencing 14th November 2022 and this is likely to take 1.5 hours.

We are experiencing really good responses to our job adverts. This may lead us to closing the role early and so if you are considering applying then please get your application in early to avoid missing out.

We are an equal opportunities employer

We are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.