Senior Treasury and Funds Officer

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 1380973451-2
  • Date Posted: 6 July 2024
  • Apprentice Employer: ARK Schools
  • Location: London
  • Apprentice Pay: On Application
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Project Management, Social care
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

About this Apprenticeship

Senior Treasury and Funds Officer

Reports to: Financial Controller

Location: Currently operating hybrid working in our West London Office

Contract: Permanent

Pattern: Full Time (standard hours 9am - 5.30pm).

Closing date: 22/07/2024 at 10am.

1 st round interviews (virtual): w/c 22/07/2024.

2 nd round interviews (in person): w/c 05/08/2024.

Salary: £30,000 to £35,000 (depending on experience and qualifications)

About the role:

We are seeking an experienced Senior Treasury and Funds Officer to join our finance team. In this role, you will support the Financial Controller in embedding our treasury management function and ensuring the successful delivery of our investment strategy. With support from the Finance Apprentice, you will optimise accounts receivable and funds management, accurately allocating income from programme customers, donors and grants across our network. Join us and be part of a team that values excellence and innovation in finance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Financial Controller in cash flow forecasting for our network of 39 schools
  • Oversee cash flow forecasting for the Central office, ensuring optimal liquidity to support our charitable activities
  • Work with the Finance Apprentice to undertake monthly bank reconciliations and balance sheet positions
  • Monitor and manage funds received from donors, grants and investments
  • Collaborate with Fundraising and programme teams to accurately allocate and transfer funds
  • Complete monthly DfE grant reconciliations and transfers to schools
  • Ensure proper receipt, recording, safekeeping and banking of any cash and cheque income
  • Manage the central 'Academies Finance' mailbox, resolving queries within SLA timelines
  • Assist staff with financial policies and procedures and ensure procedures are followed
  • Line management of one direct report (Finance Apprentice)

Key Requirements:

  • 3 A Levels (or equivalent) including Maths and English
  • AAT qualified (Essential)
  • Extensive treasury management and accounts receivable experience, including knowledge of financial processes and procedures
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new systems and processes, assessing their effectiveness and making improvements as required
  • Proficiency in financial software and Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel. Experience using PS Financials is desirable, but training will be provided
  • Effective communicator with the ability to engage non-financial staff and senior colleagues
  • Proficient in managing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Able to follow instructions and make good judgements
  • Right to work in the UK

About Ark

We're an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we're a network of 39 schools, educating around 30,000 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we're recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.

You'll be joining a group of like-minded, ambitious individuals who work collaboratively and are all committed to our core mission, that every child has the potential to succeed. Having just celebrated our 20 th anniversary, we are shaping our goals for the next 20 and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.


  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service up to 30 days after 3-years' service. This entitlement is pro rata for part time employees. This entitlement excludes bank holidays
  • Full office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Hybrid working, with currently two days a week in our state-of-the-art office in West London working alongside colleagues
  • Regular social events, monthly free breakfast, and daily fruit
  • A flexible approach to working with understanding and consideration for work life balance and personal commitments
  • As an Ark employee, you will have the opportunity to be part of the TPT (The Pension Trust) scheme, our workplace pension scheme where we make an 11% contribution; you are not required to contribute towards this scheme unless you choose to. Depending on your role you may also be entitled to LGPS which is a defined benefit scheme where you contribute a percentage based on how much you earn (as do we) in exchange for a guaranteed amount in your pension pot every year
  • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career, offering both face-to-face sessions and a bespoke online learning platform
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bike, gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym and free eye tests

How to Apply:

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Monday 22 nd July 2024 at 10am but please note: we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response.

This ATS application form should take no longer 20 minutes to complete. At any time, you can pause, save, and log back in. If you have any difficulty with meeting the deadline for application, please contact

Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark's safer recruitment process, please click this link .

We aim to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone - staff and students - can do their best work and achieve their full potential. We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger and more effective. To know more about Ark's diversity and inclusion commitments, please click on this link.