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Council HQ John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington, EH41 3HA
£49,108 - £55,294 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

Hourly rate of pay: £26.91 - £30.30

Temporary until 10th August 2025
Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday
Flexi time is applicable, starting and finishing times are flexible.
To start asap.

An opportunity has arisen for a secondment to the post of Principal Officer - Education Finance to join the Education Strategy & Operations Team, offering a varied and interesting role supporting our school communities, Head Teachers, and Education managers in the delivery of our Education Service priorities through excellent financial management and an innovative approach to cost reduction.

The post holder in conjunction with the Service Manager - Education (Strategy & Operations) will maximise the efficiency of service delivery within legislation and approved budgets and in accordance with required standards and Council’s policies and plans, with a commitment to achieve best value and improved service planning for future improvement and development. The successful candidate will be a skilled and experienced financial/budget manager and should be able to demonstrate significant skill in applying accounting experience to a complex and changing educational landscape. A key responsibility of the role is devising the Scheme of Devolved School Management and responding to the service redesign aspirations of the Education Leadership Team.

The Principal Officer - Education Finance will support the Education Service Managers and senior budget holders to develop and monitor budgets for the totality of the Education Service, providing reliable and accurate budget forecasts. The ability to be creative and model budgets and sustainability are key to the role.

Applicants for the post should have sought the agreement of their line manage for secondment release prior to making their application.

It is anticipated that interviews for this post will take place on Thursday, 30 May 2024.

Home Working Consideration
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Applications for this post will only be accepted from current employees of East Lothian Council (this includes casual and agency staff who are currently undertaking work for us). Any current employee wishing to apply for this temporary post as a secondment should discuss it with their current line manager in the first instance.

Job Details

To lead the management and monitoring of financial benchmarking, devising and implementing robust financial budget monitoring systems, overspend recovery planning and financial training for the central Education Service and all schools by close collaboration with Head Teachers and school administrators.

In conjunction with the Service Manager - Education (Strategy & Operations) maximise the efficiency of service delivery within legislation and approved budgets and in accordance with required standards and Council’s policies and plans, with a commitment to achieve best value and improved service planning for future improvement and development.

To manage, develop and deliver a responsive cost reduction strategy across Education Services in response to budget efficiencies and service priorities.

To develop and implement a comprehensive solution focussed support service to all school leaders to assist them to achieve Directorate priorities.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to Degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject i.e. Business Management, and/or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and competencies gained through previous experience.

Driving Licence
A full current driving licence is desirable for this post.

The preferred candidate for this position may be subject to a Basic Disclosure provided by Disclosure Scotland prior to a formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note:
If a Disclosure check is required and you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will also be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail). All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form. Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form.

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