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Group Financial Controller (maternity cover)

Location : ACM Guildford Employment type : TEMPORARY Expires : 2021-09-23 Department : Finance Salary range: £65,000 - £75,000

(12 month contract starting October 21)

Job Description


Department: Finance

Reports To: Head of Finance

ACM is a specialist creative industries education provider offering a range of Further and Higher Education programmes in subjects including Music Performance, Songwriting and Creative Artistry, Audio Production, Technical Services, Business Management and Game Development. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation. With campuses in Surrey, London and Birmingham, we are also proud to have Metropolis Studios, Europe’s largest recording complex, within our company group.

ACM’s Vision:

ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment.

We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.

Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts education but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education.

ACM’s Mission:

To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in real-time, based on a learning by doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and self-awareness, providing students with the skills necessary to recognise and take opportunities.

Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfil their potential and enjoy a sustainable career within the creative arts industry.


The Finance Department is responsible for the accounting of 8 statutory entities within the group, as well as some standalone entities.  In addition to accounting, finance is also responsible for company secretarial duties, contracts and insurance. The statutory entity that provides education services, is registered with the Office for Students, for which there are specific regulatory reporting requirements.

The finance team work closely with the business to ensure full understanding of the ever-changing landscape to enable relevant and reliable forecasting and scenario modelling to support business decision making.

The Finance team is comprised of 3 qualified accountants and 4 finance clerks.  Given the size of the department and the diverse nature of the group the work will be very hands-on and varied.


  • Production of monthly management accounts (individual companies and group) with variance analysis and commentary.
  • Revenue accounting and student number reconciliations.
  • Support the forecasting and budgeting process, including forecasting for the OfS annual return.
  • OfS annual return and monitoring expenditure against the Access and Participation Plan.
  • Ensure group VAT return is accurate and timely; on-going monitoring that correct processes are in place.
  • Maintaining contract tracker, and ensuring contracts are kept up to date.
  • Year end audit work including producing statutory accounts and liaison with the auditors.
  • Review of corporation tax computations.
  • Support other departments with their requests as appropriate.
  • Other statutory returns.
  • Production of ad hoc reports and analysis.



We are looking for a qualified accountant with at least 5 years post qualified experience.

Strong technical and analytical accounting skills.

Ability to produce accurate work and consistently deliver to reporting deadlines.

Ability to compile and present financial information clearly and concisely.

Ability to quickly build relationships with internal and external contracts at all levels with confidence.

Motivated by a changing, growing environment.


All ACM staff work to the same value’s which are:


To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an inclusive organisational culture.

Supportive environments

To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic approach and bring the benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.

Agility and innovation

To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility, creativity and self-evaluation.


To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies, and to provide meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.

Professional and academically strong standards

To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and ensure high professional and academic standards


Please be aware all ACM staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to starting. This will need to be renewed once every three years.


This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. ACM expects that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work.  This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary.  Should significant changes to the job purpose become necessary, the post-holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job purpose.



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The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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