Interim School Business Manager

Michael Page
Ewell, Surrey
£250 - £350 per day
01 Oct 2018
25 Oct 2018
James Whitehead
Job role
Head of finance
Contract type
Part time

A wide-ranging and broad remit with a need for someone who has broad management responsibilities across the school and a range of professionals and agencies. This will involve finance, project management, health and safety amongst others.

Client Details

Our client is an all-through, co-educational independent school based in Surrey easily accessible from South London.

The School, which enjoys a strong academic reputation and maintains the highest teaching standards, has a mission to ensure that each and every student reaches their full potential; an ambition that is realised through small class sizes, excellent facilities and a close working relationship between highly qualified staff, parents and students.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Bursar in ensuring the effective deployment of support staff and the efficient
    use of school resources including finance, security, sites and buildings.
  • Deputising on Health and Safety matters.
  • Supporting the Bursar in the induction of new staff.

Project Management:

Building works

  • Assisting the Bursar with all capital projects
  • Assisting the Bursar with day to day maintenance requests
  • Ad Hoc projects
  • Assist the Bursar with the implementation of new systems and procedures
  • Documenting systems and procedures under the guidance of the Bursar.

As Health and Safety Deputy:

  • Assist in management of Health and safety on all sites.
  • Support the Bursar with preparations for the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Liaise with Health and Safety consultants.
  • Coordinate minibus tests and assessments.
  • Undertake regular Health and Safety walks around all sites and ensure risk assessments are

Financial role: the Assistant Bursar/Business Manager will support the Bursar in the
management of all financial aspects of the School including, amongst others:

  • ParentPay - Administrator/User for ParentPay system.
  • Manage and oversee cashless till system and balances.
  • Fees including:
  • Raising ad hoc invoices;
  • Assist with debt collection process;

Reporting including:

  • Assisting with the preparation of annual accounts for audit;
  • Assisting with the preparation of annual budgets and forecasts;
  • Assisting with the preparation of monthly management reports; and
  • Assisting with the preparation of regular departmental reports.
  • PSFA (Parent, Staff and Friends Association) including:
  • Assisting with the preparation of PSFA accounts for integrating into School accounts;

Payroll and Pensions

  • Assisting with the monthly payroll process.
  • Assisting with the administration of the Teachers' Pensions scheme monthly returns;
    and the Support Staff pension scheme.


The successful candidate will; 

  • Relevant accounting qualification.
  • High standard of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
  • University Degree or higher academic qualification.
  • Further degree/ACCA/CIMA/CSBM/Business qualification.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience of monitoring performance of contractors.
  • Relevant financial and business experience.
  • Experience of working with a (school) management information
    system (iSAMS) and Office 365.
  • Experience of working in an educational environment.
  • Experience of premises development/buildings maintenance.

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