Director Of Finance

Ash Vale, Surrey
£55,929 - £64,633
19 Oct 2020
26 Oct 2020
Job role
Contract type
Full time

Director of Finance

Full-time (part-time will be considered) 52 weeks per year, permanent, flexible working

Salary: £55,929 – £64,633 (FTE)

The Kite Academy Trust is a well-established, flourishing multi-academy trust on the Surrey/Hampshire border. The Trust was formed in October 2015 with five good and outstanding schools wanting to collaborate together for the benefit of all of their children. Since then a number of schools have approached us to join and we currently encompass eight primary academies working together to provide a first-class education for all of our children.

All of our academies collaborate together and work alongside a Central Team, who fulfil the business elements thus giving more time for academy leaders to concentrate on the educational standards in their individual academies. The Director of Finance will work with the CEO, Director of Operations, Executive Head Teachers and Head of Improvement to lead the strategic development of the Trust.

The Director of Finance will be responsible for ensuring that the Trust operates with good financial governance in line with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook, which is published by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The role will also involve liaising with the Department for Education (DfE), the ESFA, auditors, and other external advisers, suppliers and contractors.

This key role is part of our Executive Team and, as such, we seek a high-quality finance professional, with first-class accounting skills and commercial awareness, and would be interested in working in the education sector. Experience of working in a multi-academy trust (MAT) would be an advantage, and an understanding of publicly-funded organisations and educational funding streams would be desirable.

The successful candidate will lead our Finance Team, work closely with leaders and governors of individual academies and Trust auditors, prepare statutory accounts, submit financial returns, liaise with various government agencies, and report to the CEO and Trustees.

This is a senior post that will change over time; the post holder needs to be responsive and proactive in the context of strategic priorities. It is not possible therefore to set out a full range of duties.

Closing date: Midday, Monday 26th October 2020
Interviews: to be arranged
The Kite Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
All offers of employment are subject to clearance of references.
We are an equal opportunities employer.


Reporting to: CEO
Purpose of Job: To lead and manage all of the Kite Academy Trust’s financial affairs in accordance with the Trust’s mission and values.
Accountability to: The Chief Executive Officer
Line Management Responsibility for: The Trust’s Finance Team (Finance Manager, 3 x Finance Officers)
Membership of: Trust Executive Team

Key Outcomes:
• Financial security and resilience.
• A well-informed and confident Board of Trustees.
• A well-informed and confident Executive Team.
• An efficient financial system used consistently and confidently across the Trust.
• An effective integrated Finance Team working in collaboration with Admin Teams in all academies.
• A transparency of the Trust’s use of finances giving clarity to all academies of the Trust.
• Confidence of the DfE and ESFA that the Trust is viable and giving value for money.

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