Delivery Manager Education Provider Market Oversight job in Rotherham at Department For Education

Delivery manager, Education Provider Market Oversight

Company: Department for Education

Location: Sheffield UK

Date Posted:May 17, 2018

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. We work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances. The ESFA is an executive agency of the Department for Education. It has responsibility, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, to oversee and be accountable for the funding of all 3 to 16 education as well as post-16 education and training for young people, apprenticeships and funding for adult education in England, excluding higher education. It also manages and delivers school building and maintenance programmes. Education is at the heart of the government’s agenda, providing opportunity for individuals, underpinning future productivity and growth, and also setting the foundations for our culture and society. The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for both education up to and including secondary level, and for further and higher education. Within this, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is an executive agency, and one of its key priorities is to act as government sponsor for the school and further education sectors. Within further education, we are in the midst of a substantive reform programme, started through the Area Review process, which brought together colleges with local stakeholders to agree recommendations for changes, including mergers. The Government has recognised that there will be costs of restructuring but intends to manage any investment in restructuring to minimise costs to the taxpayer and maximise value for money. It has made available a restructuring facility of up to £726 million, but with every case considered on its merits as a value for money proposition. The facility is in place until March 2019. As at April 2018, we have approved over £300m of restructuring facility funding and spent over £150m, supporting 19 significant applications, as well as providing compensatory VAT funding and transition grants for a wider group of colleges. Following the closure of the Restructuring Facility, colleges will be subject to an insolvency regime, which includes a Special Administration Regime which will afford protection to learners. A key part of the ESFA is Provider Market Oversight. This is a team of approximately 120 people across the country, led by Matt Atkinson, who has recently been recruited from the private sector The aim of the PMO is to prevent and address risks to the sustainability and quality of education and skills provision, with a focus on effective financial management and governance. To achieve this, we will: • work with providers to support good financial health and robust governance • make the best use of our data to encourage better financial planning and forecasting • shift the emphasis from intervening when problems have occurred, to prevention • provide assurance that funding is used for its agreed purpose, and that fraud and irregularity are minimised • respond swiftly to provider failure to ensure learner and employer interests are protected and new, high quality provision is identified • align educational expertise with expert commercial skills to provide a rounded view of financial health and strategic solutions • champion our customers and the tax payer to ensure best value for money across the sector The Prevention strategy seeks to improve on the Intervention model by identifying and preventing problems before they occur. Key benefits of Prevention are the larger range of options available the earlier a problem is identified and the lower cost to the taxpayer, which is particularly important given the forthcoming FE Insolvency regime To provide the tool to enable the Prevention strategy, we are designing a new financial model for data collection from FE colleges and Sixth Forms,. This model will replace and simplify existing data collection and analysis models, and provide more forward looking information. Job Specific • Support the technical scoping, design, testing and implementation of a new financial model for the Further Education sector • Work as part of a newly recruited team and set up systems and governance for success • Support the assessment and mapping of existing reporting and alignment / amendment / replacement of existing reporting with the new financial model • Provide ongoing oversight and support to the implementation and use of the model by case teams • Work closely with stakeholders within the ESFA and DfE, other government departments, and external stakeholders such as colleges, lenders and member organisation • Communicate status of the project to both technical and non-technical audiences on a regular basis, in a variety of formats • Support the implementation of the Prevention strategy, firstly within the Further Education strategy, and then more widely across the Education sector • Manage the procurement of third party support as required • The role holder will also be required to work with teams currently based in Sheffield, Leeds, Coventry, Darlington and LondonPerson specificationAccountancy qualification, Financial modelling qualification and experience desirable. Advanced Excel mandatory. As part of the interview, we will ask you to talk through an example of a challenging financial analysis or modelling case that you are familiar with.For further information and details of how to apply please visit the Civil Service Website View full job description
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