This role holds accountability for all financial activity across the Trust, including strategic finance, Academy finances, and the provision of central financial oversight and advice for the Executive team. Key outputs include budgets, management accounts, statutory accounts, internal audit, and ESFA returns.

You’ll provide absolute confidence for the Executive and trustees that every aspect of our finances – including processes and controls – are sound and can be relied upon. We want to continue and strengthen our culture of methodical, regular, transparent reporting, which is a key indicator of our resilience, financial health and security to a range of internal and external audiences.

There are currently four Board meetings per year, with 3 Finance, Operations and Resources (FOR) committee meetings per year in addition. You’ll also join our Executive: chaired by CEO Nick Hudson, the team comprises National Directors for HR and Operations, Education, Estates and Technology, Strategy & Improvement, and Finance.

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Candidate profile

We want to encourage applications from experienced senior finance professionals, who can bring a resilient, detail-focused and dynamic approach to the leadership of this area. It’s likely that you will have worked in a public or third sector setting (education, housing, health, or possibly a national charity) and will understand the budgetary and reporting nuances of this context. Strong candidates will probably have close and recent knowledge of a large (>20 academies) MAT, and will be able to point to a track record of success in a strategic leadership role.

Your vision, energy and collaborative style will be underpinned by exacting standards of detail, accuracy and completeness. Moreover, you will share our total commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience to our 29,000 young people, and will be ready to take up a role that enables you to express your values and purpose as fully as possible.

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