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Finance Manager - Full-time

Swale Academies Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F54-19-S
  • Posted:01/07/2020
  • Pay:SAT 10 £32,917 - £ 38,913 per annum
  • Start Date:September 2020 or ASAP
  • App Close Date:09/07/2020 at 12:00
  • Interviews:w/c 13 July 2020


Do you have a sound understanding of finance? Are you looking for the next step in your financial career?

We are looking for  a Finance Manager to join our central services function and work as part of our experienced Finance team  to support 16 schools across the South East of England. 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience of leading a small team.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience of working in a finance role in a medium to large organisation.
  • A sound understanding of financial and account concepts.
  • The ability to produce and analyse financial data and extract meaningful information.
  • Be able to work constructively as part of a team, understanding the Trust/school roles and responsibilities.

In return, we can offer you:

  • An opportunity to gain experience with a successful multi academy trust.
  • A generous leave entitlement
  • Employee Assistance and Rewards Programmes
  • A Contributory, defined pension scheme.


Full details of the requirements of the post can be found in the accompanying recruitment pack.

 Applications should be made via Kent Teach.  Please note, we cannot accept CVs. 

If you experience any difficulty in completing the application form, please contact HR@swale.at or  01795 426091 (option 3)

In accordance with current GDPR compliance we will not keep any details/application forms on file once the position is filled.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact (Gavin Bailey, Head of Finance) at the Trust Central office for an informal discussion regarding the post (gavin.bailey@swale.at - 01795 426091)

If I am successful in gaining an interview, how will this occur during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

Due to the current situation we plan to interview remotely using a video call. We would ensure that candidates who were successful in gaining an interview were supported with the technology so that this process is seamless. We will provide you with details of the process with your interview invitation.

Our advice would be that those who were successful in gaining an interview should prepare as they would for a face to face and dress smart casual. We will allow plenty of time to ensure that you are able to answer our questions in full and you will not be judged if you are having problems with your technology.

We will leave plenty of opportunity for questions at the end of the interview, and we will spend lots of time talking and unpicking your answers. Please come prepared to share anything you’d like that we didn’t cover, or any questions you have about it. We really appreciate your adaptability in these unprecedented times.

Interview Date: W/C 13 July  2020

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is exempt from ROA and will require an enhanced DBS disclosure

Chief Operating Officer:  Mrs Janet Garraway

Information about the trust

Since its creation in September 2010 Swale Academies Trust has become a strong and successful school improvement service, specialising in taking schools in Ofsted category and turning them into good schools. A glance at the most recent Ofsted reports for Westlands Primary School, Meopham School, The North School, Regis Manor School and The Sittingbourne School, will all point to the effectiveness of the Trust in bringing about change and providing and enabling excellent leadership. First and foremost Swale Academies Trust is about the provision and development of high quality leadership and management.

We don’t seek to develop clone schools that deliver education in a regimented manner. Rather, we value the development in our schools of a spirit of enquiry and action research that provides the best possible education that is right for pupils in a local setting. We do however collectively value and strive for all pupils to produce beautiful work which showcases their development over time of which they, their teachers and support staff and parents can be really proud. We are proud of our schools and we strive for a sense of shared pride in the achievements of all of our students.

Our ambition is driven by enabling schools and children to succeed. We have a wide range of excellent and highly accomplished senior leaders who lead with a sense of purpose, charisma and a set of shared values. The Trust is fortunate to be overseen by a Board of Directors who share leaders’ values and who provide the highest quality challenge and support.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:HR Team
  • Address:Swale Academies Trust,
    Ashdown House,
    Johnson Road,
    ME10 1JS
  • Telephone: 01795 426091
  • Email: recruitment@swale.at



Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.