Head of Planning, Forecasting & Reporting

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7106597 (Ref.No. CSFIN1195)
Posted: July 28, 2022

Job Description

Grade 9 (£51,799– £60,022 p.a. depending on experience) 

This role will be based on the university campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe. 

We are recruiting a senior role within the Management Accounting team to lead the University’s financial planning, forecasting and reporting activity.  We are looking to grow our planning and forecasting capability, leveraging the benefits of a new planning tool (see below) and delivering a more efficient process to create greater opportunities to focus on providing value adding insight and analysis.  The role holder will work closely with the Director of Finance, Head of Management Accounting and Faculty & Service finance leads, and will lead and develop a small central team. We are looking for a commercially aware candidate with good experience of financial planning and analysis. The role holder will build strong oversight and understanding of the University’s financial plans and forecasts, being able to identify potential issues and challenges, as well as being able to clearly articulate outcomes to senior stakeholders.  Being able to work through detailed issues and analysis, but also operate effectively at a senior level will be a key success factor in this role. The role holder will also develop strong relations with faculty and service teams, which will be key to delivering well managed and successful planning and forecasting processes for the University.

We are looking for to appoint someone to drive forward our planning, forecasting and financial MI capabilities. They will need to draw on their own strong experience to do this, leading the team effectively through a period of change and development. As part of this we are implementing a new planning system, IBM Planning Analytics. The Head of Planning, Forecasting & Reporting will be the finance business lead and product owner for this project, ensuring that we design and deliver a product that will provide the much needed benefits and process improvements for our financial planning and forecasting activity.

This is a new and exciting high-profile role which will be at the heart of delivering the University’s financial strategy.

What we offer in return

And much more!   


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Mark Gray. Head of Financial Planning & Management Reporting

Email: [email protected] 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Finance (inc Payroll)
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £51,799 to £60,022 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Tuesday 26 July 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 August 2022
Reference:  CSFIN1195

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.