Executive Recruitment

Chief Financial Officer

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University College London
Bloomsbury, London
Closing date:
14th February
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Closing date
Thursday 14th February 2021


UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 47,000 students from 150 different countries with an annual turnover of £1.5bn. As well as being a global leader in teaching, UCL is recognised as one of the most successful research institutions in the world. With world-class facilities both at their Bloomsbury Campus and a new campus in East London now under construction, this focus on innovation, research and entrepreneurialism generates a continuous stream of revenue generating opportunities that require strategic financial leadership.

We now seek to appoint the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer to help us achieve our ambitious Strategy 2034 at this time of great opportunity. As a key member of the University Leadership Team, the successful candidate will help shape UCL’s future through strategic leadership and the development and delivery of an innovative financial strategy, enabling UCL’s ambitions through creative and intelligent use of assets.

The post holder will provide strong, visible and dynamic leadership to the finance function, building and developing an exemplar enabling service, harnessing the talent of the highly capable team and developing processes and systems than incentivise the right behaviours, culture, and performance across the institution.

The successful candidate will be an enabling leader who has worked in large and complex organisations, ideally with a substantial capital expenditure experience. You will have experience as a key member of a senior leadership team, working closely with boards and a diverse range of stakeholders. You will be a strategic leader, but also unafraid to dive into the detail when required. UCL’s core mission is to make the world a better place, so the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commercial mind with a social heart that aligns to the core values of UCL.

UCL was founded to open up higher education in England to those who had been excluded from it, and to change the way we create and share knowledge. That pioneering spirit is alive today, under the leadership of new President & Provost  Dr Michael Spence and through the work of people across the University, who are taking on some of the biggest challenges of our time, and making vital contributions to the public good.

UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class or religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. Our strong commitment to equality is part of the fabric of UCL. We therefore welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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How To Apply

UCL has engaged the services of GatenbySanderson to whom applications should be sent by the closing date of 14th February 2021.

To discuss the opportunity further please contact Julia Roberts or Ross Highfield at 07891 138 886 or ross.highfield@gatenbysanderson.com  

This is a two-part application process. Candidates should submit a comprehensive CV in the first instance via www.gatenbysanderson.com/job/GSe69225 - GatenbySanderson will then send you a link in order to answer five competency-based questions related to the role, through our simple video application process. You will receive this email the next working day. The CV and video response will form the complete application for this position. Candidates that submit a CV only, will not be considered further in this process.  

Your CV should provide your home, mobile and email contact details. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Should you have questions on the application process or require support with your application, please contact Chloe Marshall at GatenbySanderson chloe.marshall@gatenbysanderson.com

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