Director of Finance and Planning

University of Suffolk
Ipswich, Suffolk

The University of Suffolk was originally established as University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in 2007 and transformed the provision of higher education in Suffolk and beyond. In August 2016, the first independent University of Suffolk was officially launched. We are one of the newest UK universities; that means we don't just rely on our heritage, but we focus on making history.


This role will lead the development of the University’s financial strategy, supporting the Chief Operating Officer and other senior officers in the achievement of the institution’s objectives. You will be accountable for the University’s full financial planning and management operations, developing and maintaining effective systems and ensuring robust policies are in place for high quality financial management.  

Essential to this will be the ongoing effective use of the University’s resources; Financial resources must be properly accounted for and handled with propriety, to ensure that the University achieves its financial and organisational objectives. You will be expected to participate fully in the corporate management and governance of the University with responsibility for the delivery of an orderly process of academic and resource planning.  

To help you achieve this, you will lead and motivate a high-performing team and be responsible for embedding a culture of professional leadership, high quality financial and planning strategies, and services.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • your CV or equivalent biographical information
  • a covering letter that sets out your motivation for applying for this appointment, and why you think your qualifications, knowledge and experience make you suitable

Closing date is Monday 3rd April 2023. 

Informal discussions with Starfish Search for selected applicants will take place in week commencing 24th April or 1st May 2023.

Agreement of the final shortlist will be by Monday 15th May 2023.

Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates may be combined with sessions with client or stakeholder groups; this will be confirmed later in the process and events are expected to take place week commencing 22nd May or 29th May 2023.