Finance Assistant
Leeds West Academy

C1.12 -.17 £21,589 - £23,836

37 hours per week, all year round

Accountable to: Academy Office Manager/Trust Finance Manager

Leeds West Academy is a school with a remarkable sense of community which has recently been judged as ‘Good’ across all areas of the Ofsted framework. In the Ofsted report inspectors commented; 'Leaders' have secured strong support of staff, who share their ambitious vision and inclusive values.’ 


Over the last three years the school has been on a rapid journey of improvement securing our best ever GCSE results in summer 2019. Housed within a state-of-the-art school building, with stunning views, Leeds West Academy is an oversubscribed 11-16 school, committed to delivering an outstanding education to each and every one of our students. Leeds West Academy is also a highly desirable and dynamic world-class establishment for ambitious professionals and which provides excellent and varied opportunities for professional development through The White Rose Academies Trust’s CPD programme.




We are looking for an experienced Finance Assistant to provide effective financial administrative support as a member of the Operations Team.


The post holder will be responsible for:


  • Raising & Processing Purchase Orders

  • Matching & processing invoices, including obtaining authorisations from budget holders

  • Liaising with suppliers in regards to payments and ensuring purchase ledger records are up to date

  • Preparing & issuing budget reports to budget holders & attending budget holder review meetings.

  • Purchasing goods & services via a Trust Credit Card

  • Reviewing monthly aged debtor, aged creditor & outstanding commitment reports & taking relevant actions

  • Managing petty cash, including processing claims

  • Completing weekly & monthly journals

  • Administration of financial systems in relation to payments from parents and students via the online SQUID system

  • Ensuring all processes are completed in line with financial regulations and Trust policies and procedures.

  • Providing administrative support as a member of the main office staff.

This role is predominantly based at Leeds West Academy, but the postholder will also be required to work at other academies within the White Rose Academies Trust on a regular basis.


The ideal candidate will have experience of financial administration, using financial systems, keeping accurate records and preparing financial reports. They will also require knowledge of budget management and accounting techniques. They will be a competent ICT user, including using online management systems and storage platforms, with excellent organisational and prioritising skills.


Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of schools in the region - Leeds West Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of outstanding.


We're securing our 2020 vision for Outstanding by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation in West Yorkshire.


We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society

The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs almost 400 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.

We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College.  Our sponsor, which like The White Rose Academies Trust is part of the Luminate Education Group (other members include Harrogate College, Leeds College of Music, Keighley College), provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies.  They also share our vision of creating a truly Outstanding Trust.


Closing Date:            Monday 2nd December 2019 at 9am

Shortlisting:                Monday 2nd December

Interview Dates:       Friday 6th December 2019

Start Date:                As soon as possible


For more information, please visit our website at .  To apply, please complete the application form and return to by the closing date of Monday 2nd December 2019 at 9am. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.


The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and a DBS check.



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