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Trust Finance, Operations and Estates Manager - Full-time

Orchard Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F25-14-S
  • Posted:20/02/2024
  • Pay:£32,485 - £43,011 depending on experience
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:14/03/2024 at 10:00
  • Interviews:w/c 18th March 2024


Orchard Academy Trust are recruiting for a Finance, Operations and Estates Manager to work in close partnership with the Executive Head, Chief Finance Officer and Headteachers within our trust.

This is a full-time role for 37 hours per week, up to 52 weeks per year.  We welcome discussion about flexible working arrangements for a strong candidate. The pay range is between £28,598 to £43,011 depending on experience. The job is based at both Allington Primary School and Barming Pre-School & Primary School in Maidstone, and you will be required to split your working week between the two sites. There is the opportunity for some home working when appropriate.

The Trust Finance, Operations and Estates Manager is part of the Trust Business Administration team, assisting the Chief Finance Officer to ensure the Trust complies with the appropriate legislation and reporting requirements.

Experience of working within an education operations and /or finance environment would be beneficial, as will experience within another financial or business environment.

A rewarding role, the main areas of focus will include:

  • Being responsible for the development, management, operation and delivery of support services across the Trust.
  • Leading and managing the Administration, Finance and Premises Teams and all contractors across the school sites.
  • Managing all school lettings across the school sites.
  • Developing and managing the estates strategy/budget, monitoring expenditure and obtain best value from providers developing annual business plans and budgetary submissions.
  • Project management.
  • Managing the day-to-day financial management and compliance across the trust.
  • Leading on the development of school policies and supporting procedures and practices setting up a framework to ensure the smooth operation and timely delivery of all school support functions, in consultation with the operational needs of the school.
  • Being a member of the Trust Senior Leadership Team

The full list of key responsibilities and the person specification are attached to this advert.

This role is key to the continued success of the trust and the successful candidate will be proactive, self-motivated, focused and extremely capable with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.

Visits to meet the Executive Headteacher and find out more about our Trust are strongly encouraged.

We reserve the right to withdraw the advertisement early and to interview candidates during the advertisement window; candidates are therefore encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.

Information about the federation

Orchard Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust consisting of two large, successful primary schools in Maidstone - Allington Primary School and Barming Pre-School and Primary School.

Our schools act as beacons of learning for children and adults alike, inspiring self-development and nurturing growth with fun and enjoyment. This is not a one size fits all trust; we recognise that our schools have their own identities and needs. Each school has their own Headteacher and autonomy to foster individuality, together with the advantage of working as a team to provide school to school support and share excellence across the Trust.

Orchard Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post will be subject to a DBS check and successful references prior to a start date. Please read the schools' Child Protection Policy which can be found in the documents below. We reserve the right to interview and appoint, prior to the advertised closing date.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs A Crittenden
  • Address:Hildenborough Crescent,
    Kent ,
    ME16 0PG
  • Telephone: 01622 757350
  • Email: office@allington.kent.sch.uk



Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.