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Chief Finance and Operations Officer - Full-time

Tenterden Schools Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F97-2-L
  • Posted:11/06/2024
  • Pay:£90,000 - £110,000 depending on experience
  • Start Date:Sept 2024 or soon after
  • App Close Date:08/07/2024 at 23:00
  • Interviews:15th and 16th July 2024


Tenterden Schools Trust is a mixed multi academy trust in mid-Kent that currently runs one large secondary, five primaries and two nurseries.

We are seeking an inspirational leader who will be responsible for the financial development and sustainability of Tenterden Schools Trust and for overall strategic management of our buildings and estates. Working closely with the CEO and senior leaders you will provide leadership and management of the trust’s finance and business functions, enabling the trust to work effectively towards its aims.

You will develop an effective and efficient business model for the Central Services of the Trust and modernise and strengthen processes within the organisation to enable us to expand and embed a culture of compliance with financial and operational regulations.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and innovative senior finance professional with a track record of delivering significant improvement within an organisation. You will combine a record of successful strategic leadership and sustainable improvement with energy, flair and a determination to succeed. Additionally, you will possess exceptional interpersonal skills, allowing you to build strong relationships with stakeholders, including school leaders, staff, governors, and external partners. Your ability to communicate clearly and persuasively will be crucial in driving the Trust's vision and goals forward.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement financial strategies that support the Trust’s educational objectives and long-term growth.
  • Ensure robust financial controls and risk management processes are in place.
  • Oversee budget preparation, monitoring, and reporting to ensure financial transparency and accountability.
  • Manage procurement and contract negotiations to maximise value for money.
  • Lead the estates management team to ensure our facilities are safe, well-maintained, and conducive to high-quality teaching and learning.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and professional development within the finance and operations teams.
  • Lead on and manage CIF bids across the Trust

We seek to develop our staff through a professional growth model and treat everyone as an individual; we value personal strengths and qualities. Our office is set in a 55 acre site midway between London and the Channel Ports and is easily commutable via major roads and motorways. You will enjoy a unique working environment in the heart of the Weald of Kent including discounts and offers with Kent Rewards, RAC and enhanced pension contributions. There is also a nursery based next door to the Trust office which offers discounts to Trust Staff. There is the opportunity for hybrid working with this role.

More information on this successful Trust can be accessed on the following website: https://www.tenterden-schools[1]trust.com

Closing date: 8th July 2024
Interview date: 15th and 16th July 2024

Information about the federation

Our Multi Academy Trust heads a growing number of successful schools in and around the Tenterden area. We have a mixed portfolio of Community and Church Schools and two nurseries. .

Having schools across all phases and catering for all ages allows us to create a seamless and coherent learning experience from birth to 19 in which our students flourish and are well prepared for their futures. We take personal well-being, family values and community involvement seriously and believe these are key foundations to our success.

Each of our schools maintains its own identity and each one has a special place within the community. We get to know our children and families well so that moving from one school to the next is so much easier for them. Anyone joining one of our Trust schools for the first time receives a warm welcome and they quickly become part of the family.

Learning is at the heart of what we do and we work together as a group of schools to share training and development opportunities for staff. Our staff use the latest educational research to make sure teaching is up-to-date, engaging and relevant to the world of work.

If you want to know more about how we do things have a look around our website, and do get in touch if you want to find out more about us.

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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.