Further Education Finance Adviser

Body: Further Education Commissioner's Office
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education
Location: Successful candidates shall use their home as a base - this post will involve significant travel
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: FE Advisers are remunerated at £600 a day plus expenses.
Time Requirements: £600 per day based on a time requirement of up to 200 days per year

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Early October

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As an FE Adviser specialising in finance, you will work closely with the FE Commissioner and Deputy FE Commissioners to assess underperforming colleges. You will take part in interventions, write reports and liaise closely with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and colleges to ensure that the necessary changes are delivered swiftly. This includes reviewing the position of relevant FE Colleges, and advising the FE Commissioner, ministers, and the ESFA on the appropriate course of action.


Your work will help to determine the best way further education can be delivered in any given area. You will need to take account of the needs of learners, employers, national and local FE policies, and value for money as part of the Government’s approach to support FE colleges and other FE institutions.


Person Specification

Required qualifications:

  • Chartered accountancy qualification

We have listed below the criteria which will be applied when assessing applications. Applicants will need to demonstrate in their written applications instances where their experience matches these criteria.


Successful candidates will be required to demonstrate:


  • Extensive senior level experience of managing college finances successfully


  • The ability to lead and influence complex change including financial recovery within an educational context, delivering at pace


  • Outstanding analytical, written and verbal communication skills


  • The ability to influence, persuade and engage stakeholders at the highest levels, in addition to excellent management and interpersonal skills


  • The ability to work effectively with ministers, civil servants, college leaders and other stakeholders


  • Resilience and the ability to maintain a positive approach in challenging circumstances


  • A sound understanding of the current regulatory framework within which FE institutions operate


Additional Information

Appointments for this role will be on a two-year fixed term contract. The expected start date for this role is December 2019. Inductions will take place prior to start date.

Interviews will take place on Monday 4 November 2019 in London and you will need to be available for this date.

How to Apply

The applicant pack can be completed electronically and should be submitted by email to:


Please ensure that you include “FE Adviser 2019” in the email subject box.


Alternatively, you can send the completed applicant pack by post to:

FE Commissioner Team

Ground Floor

Department for Education

Sanctuary Buildings

Great Smith Street



The closing date for applications is 23:00 on 30 September 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please submit the following documents:

  1. A full CV; showing your professional and educational qualifications and the work that you have undertaken in a paid or unpaid capacity, in employment, self-employment and/or community activities, showing any particular responsibilities or achievements that you think are relevant to this application
  1. A covering letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising your proven ability relating to the role specification and selection criteria
  2. A completed copy of the candidate summary form; below to include:


  • An email address and daytime and evening telephone number which will be used with discretion
  • The names of two referees who are in a position to comment on you professionally, with an indication of how long and in what capacity they have known you
  • A declaration of any public appointments held
  • A disclosure of any personal or business interests which may be, or may be perceived as, relevant to or in conflict with the appointing organisation
  • Data protection consent and consent to hold your contact details
  • Guaranteed Interview Scheme declaration if applicable
  • A completed copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form
  • A completed copy of the anonymised monitoring form.
  • The applicant pack can be made available in an alternative format on request; please contact FE.COMMISSIONER@education.gov.uk
FE Finance Adviser Application Pack 2019

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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