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Finance Officer

Deadline for applications: 21st May 2018

Bellerbys Brighton is a co-educational international college which specialises in providing a high quality British Education for predominantly international students from over 60 different countries around the world and preparing them for university. Our highly motivated students benefit from our state of the art facilities and small class sizes within a unique and vibrant educational environment. We offer a wide variety of courses including English Language Preparation, IELTS, GCSEs, A levels as well as our own Foundation programme, which is a pre-university course accredited by Lancaster University. Bellerbys College is owned by Study Group, a global educational organisation which prepares students for life in a global society and success in the world economy. 

We are seeking to appoint a full time Finance Officer to provide administrative support to the Head of Finance and Operations. Providing financial advice to all students and carrying out financial and administrative tasks for the college. The primary function of a Credit Controller is chasing debtors and managing all money borrowed or owed to the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage debt recovery and minimalizing outstanding debt.
  • Effective and timely collection of all debt and assisting with incoming payments.
  • Produce weekly reports of debt analysis and highlighting any business risk and areas that need monitoring or escalating.
  • Negotiate repayment plans
  • Maintain contact with clients to ensure invoices are clear for payment
  • Resolve queries both internally and externally around outstanding invoices
  • Post and allocate daily receipts to accounting systems
  • Provide accounts information to internal departments
  • Deliver friendly, efficient, and professional customer service to students, agents and parents.
  • Complete routine financial tasks and maintaining spreadsheets and up to date financial records.
  • Prepare and issue enrolment letters, invoices, instalment reminders, and statements to students, parents and agents.
  • Update the Study Global financial by completing booking adjustments to reflect payments, in- centre book sales, exam payments, credit deposits.
  • Arrange and record refunds by cash or cheque.
  • Handle general financial queries from students, parents or agents.
  • Assist the Head of Finance and Operations with financial and general admin projects as required.
  • Build and maintain close links with all customers, to ensure smooth running of accounts and encouraging timely recovery of payments.
  • Assist the Head of Finance and Operations with financial and general admin projects as required, and carry out any other reasonable duties required by senior management

The successful applicant must have the following personal qualities:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with computer systems and complex databases
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Confidence and the ability to place pressure tactfully on individuals who owe money with empathy for the situations of others who may be unable to make payments on time
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • The ability to explain financial issues to others in a simple yet direct manner
  • The ability to negotiate

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Work experience or qualification in the fields of Customer services; Finance; Education
  • Appreciation of collections and debt management legal framework.
  • Recognised Accounting and/or Credit qualification (AAT, ICM, etc) or suitable experience.
  • Certified at enhanced DBS level (check undertaken prior to employment)

Organisational compliance

Study Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with past employers, an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and overseas criminal records if appropriate.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please email Ellen Watts, ewatts@studygroup.com, for an application form and further details.

Application deadline Monday 21 May 2018

What does a role at Study Group mean?

Originality

We are a unique business within the sector, giving our people a completely different working experience.

Collaboration

We have a large global network and encourage collaboration across the whole business. We work with a number of partners across the network including top tier universities.

Innovation

We encourage innovation throughout our Centres, ensuring that our students are given an interactive, student centred, and creative, tailor-made learning experience. Our people are given an autonomy within their roles that is rarely seen within the industry.

Opportunity

We believe in continuous professional and personal development, and take pride in offering our staff ample opportunity to achieve their goals. Utilising our large organisational infrastructure, across our different brands, we invite our people to gain valuable experience, and maximise all the exciting tools available to help develop their career.