About CATS Global Schools
CATS Global Schools is a leading education group committed to inspiring the next generation of world shapers.
With a history dating back to 1899, but a focus on the future, our group brings together 16 institutions comprising independent boarding schools, an Arts University College, English language schools and a variety of summer programmes in the UK, US and China.
We operate a number of different educational brands: CATS Colleges in Cambridge, Canterbury and London; CATS Academy in Boston; Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA), Stafford House English language schools and study holidays and Independent Secondary Schools (ISGs). We benefit from being part of a global team focused on teaching and learning.
Each year, we provide 18,000 students around the globe with the education they need to develop real-life skills for the future. We are dedicated to academic excellence and our students benefit from our well-developed links to over 40 top global universities.
We create a positive learning environment where every student is empowered to make a contribution to shape their world. This is made possible because of the commitment of our pioneering, persevering people who do the very best for our students.
Overview of the Job
The primary responsibilities of this role are to oversee and support the Central Finance Accounts Payable (AP) team and to complete the accurate and timely processing of purchase ledger invoices and payments. This position will a Hybrid Role 40-60% based at our Head Office in Cambridge. The role owner will be responsible for both the AP and Banking Team, including any Apprentices incorporated into the team. You will be responsible for AP transactions across the group, both with the Schools and Central Functions.
You will have the responsibility of reporting to the Senior Finance Team on key performance areas and strive for continual improvement. Seek out innovative strategies to ensure constant growth within the team, implementing and reviewing these changes.
The role owner must be visible to the company, acting as the main point of contact for Finance regarding AP, and will support the Finance Manager with monthly routines and reporting, such as reconciliations and KPIs. The role is based in Cambridge, with little travel required.
You will be directly responsible to the Finance Manager.
To ensure the effective running of the Accounts Payable function including line supervision of the AP & Banking Team and managing their annual leave approvals, sickness, and work distribution
To process supplier invoices, checking for accuracy, authorisation, reasonableness, and to ensure that these are correctly authorised, and payments recorded correctly in the finance system (Oracle/EBS)
To ensure prompt and accurate payment of supplier accounts through electronic banking and to advise MDMs/suppliers of payment as appropriate
To reconcile supplier statements to purchase ledger accounts, investigating and resolving discrepancies promptly
To deal promptly, courteously and efficiently with supplier issues and queries from the internal and external business partners
Oversee the Expense process & internal Expense Cards (Soldo) ensuring timely submissions, accurate coding, correct receipting, and the relevant authorisation is obtained
Maintain access to our on line supplier portals ensuring these are being accessed regularly and the information is obtained and processed in a timely manner
Ensure all new suppliers have met the relevant criteria and are set up accurately in accordance with our procurement procedure
Review postings and journals in line with our SOX compliance guidelines
To ensure that the daily banking is completed and recorded. All anomalies are thoroughly investigated and resolved where possible
Oversee month end closure is completed in accordance with our schedule and complete the relevant reconciliations
To perform accounting reconciliations and analysis as befits a controlled accounting environment
To develop and maintain accurate reporting to provide Management with clear visibility of team performance against department SLAs
To monitor team performance against agreed KPIs
To complete annual appraisals with the team
Identify any training opportunities and implement as necessary
To demonstrate excellence in customer service and lead by example
Support the Finance Manager by proactively reviewing and improving procedures