Harris Manchester College is the only Oxford college offering a University undergraduate education for mature students, many of whom come to higher education by non-traditional routes. We also admit students for second undergraduate and graduate degrees. This diversity helps to create a real community of endeavour, with an atmosphere of mutual support amongst our members. We achieve high academic standards but never at the expense of potential and progress.After more than two centuries of history, the college became a chartered college of the University of Oxford in 1996. Having come to the city at the end of the nineteenth century, we occupy an enviable central Oxford site. Although still a relatively small college (c. 250 students: 100 undergraduate, 150 graduate), we have seen a period of rapid growth and improvement in terms of our physical and financial assets and, more importantly, of intellectual standards. Despite this success we believe that we are still at the beginning of our journey, and we are seeking a new Bursar to support the Principal and the Governing Body in moving us forward to the next stage in our story.The College is friendly, egalitarian and positive, seeking always to encourage and support all of its members. Our person specification therefore represents our need for someone who will contribute towards that community ethos and collaborate with colleagues to ensure it is always central to the work we do.

The post is a full-time position, based in Oxford, combining the financial and domestic bursarial roles. The College is looking for someone to provide innovative leadership, working in partnership with the Principal, Fellows and staff, and to build relationships at all levels. It is essential that the new Bursar is in tune with the ethos and communal life of the college, and that they are able to represent and champion the College in the University, alongside the Principal. The Bursar reports to the Principal and the Governing Body, and will be a Fellow of the College and a member of Governing Body.

The duties of the post include, inter alia:

(1) Domestic bursar of the College with management of the following departments, each of which has their own head who manages day-to-day matters:

• Maintenance
• Catering
• Housekeeping
• IT
• Conferences
• Bursary Office

(2) Accountant of the College responsible for the financial affairs of the College, working with a team of three staff:

• Preparation of annual budgets, monthly management accounts, annual SORPS accounts
• Administration of two pension schemes and preparation of monthly payments
• Control and supervision of payrolls
• Preparation of quarterly VAT returns
• Management of cash flow, approval of payments, control of investment income
• Administration of the investment portfolio, including attendance at investment meetings
• Control and administration of the finances of three centres/institutes associated with the College, and attendance at meeting related to those.
• Involvement in all capital expenditure decisions and control of all payments

In addition, the Bursar is also required to:

Oversee statutory compliance of regulations for the College in areas such as Employment Law, Health and Safety, Risk Assessments, Diversity and Inclusion, GDPR, and Prevent.

Prepare any statutory returns, ad hoc reports, and reports required by the University and the Conference of Colleges or outside bodies.

Attend Domestic and Estates Bursars meetings, and other meetings of the colleges of the University as required.

Our new Bursar will have a proven financial background and should be a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or ACMA) in order to undertake the ‘hands-on’ financial function, which is essential to the running of the College. The Bursar should have proven leadership skills, including flexibility, energy, imagination and courage.
As a college, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for our fellows, students, staff, and visitors, and we are looking for someone with the human qualities of empathy and kindness.

The position is permanent, following a probationary period of 6 months
• The salary will be based on the University Grade 10S £54,765 to £69,331
• The College has an Equal Opportunities policy which is followed in the making of appointments and subsequent progression in employment
• Confirmation of employment will be subject to the requirements of current and relevant immigration and employment legislation
• The College adopts the University scheme in determining pay during periods of sickness absence
• There will be an entitlement to 6 weeks of holiday, plus the normal bank holidays

Please apply with a letter of application addressed to the Principal, plus full c.v. and details of two referees, and send to:

Kate Wilson,
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road

Or you may send your application by email to:

If you wish to find out more about the post, please contact Suzi Willis, the current Bursar, at:

Closing date: Friday April 19th
Interviews will be held in May

Commencement of employment: summer 2019

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