We are looking for a highly experienced, strategic and customer focused individual, able to work with autonomy and independence to lead a range of business services across a cluster of United Learning Academies – currently, Salford City Academy, Irlam and Cadishead Academy and the Albion Academy.
In all likelihood, you will already have experience of leading and coordinating the delivery of business support services in a number of schools or similar complex environment, and will be familiar with strategic planning and decision-making, professional relationship management, negotiating and influencing at Senior Leadership, Governing Body and Board level and the effective and efficient management of all resources.
The post-holder will provide overall leadership and some line management to the business support functions in each Academy, developing high performing and motivated business support teams, with a focus on the education outcomes and strategic vision of each Academy. You will also be responsible for developing shared working practices and promoting the benefits of best practice across the Salford Cluster.
You will actively promote and model the values of United Learning and our Framework for Excellence, whilst endorsing and celebrating the distinct culture and ethos of each Academy. You will have the highest regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of staff, children and young people.
Reporting to the Regional Director and Executive Principal, the post-holder will be a member of each Academy Senior Leadership Team, and the Cluster Senior Leadership Team and will contribute fully to Academy Development Plans and the 5-year strategic planning cycle across the Cluster.
A key part of this role will be the development of the Cluster business services model in line with the United Learning priorities around growth and cluster working. The post-holder will be instrumental in shaping the offer to both Secondary and Primary Academies.
In addition, you will be responsible for managing the relationship with United Learning central services to ensure that these functions provide value added support and advice to the Cluster in a timely and professional way.
About the Role
This is a school-based role with a contractual base in one of the three secondary Academies in Salford. There is an expectation you will divide your time between each school in the Cluster as required and appropriate. This is a challenging and diverse role offering the opportunity to shape the development of the business offer to our schools in Salford, leading and developing teams of skilled and qualified business support staff and making a tangible impact on the lives of young people.
In return, you will receive first-class development, a dynamic working environment, a range of employee benefits and a competitive salary.
Your application should explain your suitability for the role described above and in the Job Description and should be tailored to meet the Person Specification in terms of your knowledge, experience, skills, qualities and qualifications.
If you would like an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dawn Boyes, Head of Finance Business Partnering at firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, please complete the online application form which is available on our website: https://unitedlearning.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1555757?cid=1567
Closing date: Midday on Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Interviews: Thursday 11th April 2019
Salford City Academy is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.
Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.
As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.