Job Details

Director of Finances and Operations
Director of Finance and Operations required for this ambitious, growing Academy in Kingston Upon Thames

Job Grade: K to L

Salary: £53,045.00 - £62,226.00

Hours: Permanent, full-time, 52 weeks per annum

Start Date: 01/03/2018

Interviews: 26-01-2018

Closing date: 19/01/2018

The Kingston Educational Trust is looking to appoint a Director of Finance and Operations.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Head, our Trust, Senior Leadership and the professional services team to ensure the School delivers against its vision as it grows from a start up operation to full capacity in 2021. They will not only need to be highly financially literate, with an accountancy qualification, but will also be tasked with ensuring that all activities across a broad portfolio of strategic planning, finance, HR, compliance, risk management, IT, administration, marketing and stakeholder relations, serve the vision and strategic direction of the school.

Key responsibilities are as follows:

  • To act as the school’s leading support staff professional and assist the Head Teacher in her duty to ensure that the school meets its educational aims.
  • To be responsible for providing professional leadership and management of school support staff in partnership with teaching staff, to enhance their effectiveness in order to achieve improved standards of learning and achievement in the school.
  • To promote the highest standards of business ethos within the administrative function of the school and strategically ensure the most effective use of resources in support of the school’s learning objectives.
  • To be ultimately responsible for the Financial Resource Management and Financial Operations, Administration Management, ICT, Human Resource Management, Facility & Property Management and Health & Safety Management of the School.

The Director of Finance and Operations will also be appointed as the Trust's Chief Financial Officer.

Visiting the School

Prior to submitting your application, you are very welcome to visit the school in January 2018 for a tour and to meet with the Head Teacher, Ms Sophie Cavanagh.  Should you wish to do so, please contact her PA, Justine Free, on 20208 465 6208 or email  


Application Process

Please complete an online application by Friday 19th January 2018.

Candidate Assessment Day:  Friday 26th January 2018 (candidates should keep this day free when applying for this position).  As part of this assessment, candidates will be required to:

  • complete in-tray exercises re: finance and HR
  • complete a written safe-guarding task
  • meet with a panel of our pupils
  • complete a panel interview with representatives from Kingston Educational Trust and the School Senior Leadership Team

We look forward to receiving your application.