Trust Finance Manager

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About the role

Trustees are looking to appoint an experienced, dedicated and professional Finance Manager to lead our finance team.  The role requires 25-30 hours per week, but the hours of work can be negotiated to suit a candidates work life balance. This position is term time plus INSETS plus three weeks, one of which will be the final week in August.

The successful applicant will report directly to the Trust Chief Operating Officer to ensure rigorous financial management and oversight is in place across the Trust. The Trust Finance Manager leads the Trust’s central finance function, being responsible for managing the Trusts strategic 3-year budget as well as financial systems, including payroll. You will be responsible for the effective provision of financial management across the Trust; managing a small central finance team. This role is likely to develop as the Trust grows providing opportunity for professional development

The Inclusive Multi Academy Trust was established in 2016 by school leaders looking to make a difference to local communities with a commitment to meeting the needs of every child. The Trust consists of three primary schools: Beechfield, Cherry Tree and Laurance Haines who work together to share specialist best practice and work collaboratively to support and challenge each other.  The trust finance team is based at Beech House, Beechfield School.

The successful candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm and a proven track record of working in a strategic finance setting. Experience of managing public sector funding is essential, and an understanding of the funding arrangements for academies and Multi Academy Trusts would be preferable. A knowledge and understanding of the Academies’ Financial Handbook is fundamental to the role.

We can offer you the following benefits:

  • A positive and caring working environment
  • A friendly, dedicated, and supportive staff team
  • A superb standard of training and professional development (CPD)
  • A well-resourced working environment
  • Support and encouragement from an outstanding Trust leadership team
  • An extensive health and wellbeing package including some private healthcare

Please contact Sharon Carlyon, Chief Operating Officer on 01923 221269 should you require further information about the role.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Record Declaration Form prior to interview.

When recruiting and selecting staff, the Trust is required to comply with all relevant employment legislation to ensure we are recruiting within the law as well as complying with the Trust’s Equality Policy.  The Selection Criteria document is critical in the process and sets out the requirements which the person appointed should have in order to perform the duties of the post satisfactorily and against which applicants will be assessed.  The selection criteria will be used throughout the recruitment process as an objective test of assessing candidates at shortlisting, test and interview stages. Shortlisting will be completed by assessing against the advertised person specification. Our interviews will always include relevant questions relating to child protection and/or safeguarding, and will usually involve a child centred task.


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Contact details

Sharon Carlyon , Chief Operating Officer
Inclusive Multi Academy Trust Vicarage Road Watford
Hertfordshire WD18 0DD

Telephone: 01923 233146