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Finance Director

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Finance Director to oversee all aspects of finance within our growing Multi-Academy Trust. There will be significant opportunities for personal and career development with the continued growth in our MAT.

School Website: http://WestlakesMAT.org.uk

Job Grade: Director

Salary: £48,600.00 - £53,572.00

Hours: 37 Hours per week all year round

Closing date: 10/07/2020

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Finance Director to oversee all aspects of finance within our growing Multi-Academy Trust.  There will be significant opportunities for personal and career development with the continued growth in our MAT.

This is a full-time, full-year, permanent contract, based at West Lakes Academy, starting as soon as possible.  The starting salary will be £48,600 per annum rising to £53,572 per annum. An attractive occupational pension scheme is available through the Local Government Pension Scheme.

 You will:

  • Provide operational and strategic financial support for the Trust. 
  • Manage the MAT finance team and provide finance services.  
  • Manage: budget monitoring, budget setting, payroll, and finance systems
  • Design and implement central finance structures and systems and support the development of financial strategy.
  • Assist in formulating the financial aims and objectives of the Multi Academy Trust and in establishing the policies, systems and procedures.
  • Have experience of change management.
  • Support the Chief Executive Officer in ensuring compliance with financial guidelines and requirements for the Department for Education.

It is essential that the successful candidate will be a qualified Chartered Accountant.  Experience of either primary or secondary education would be an obvious advantage but working in an existing MAT would be desirable though not essential.

West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust currently comprises West Lakes Academy, Arlecdon Primary Academy and Thornhill Primary Academy. Additionally, two more primary academies are scheduled to join the Trust in September 2020. West Lakes Academy was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2017 and judged to be Outstanding in all aspects. Both Arlecdon and Thornhill are judged Good.

We are a thriving, ambitious and forward thinking Trust with the head office situated on the edge of the beautiful Lake District. Our modern £26m building provides outstanding facilities which create a bright and motivational learning environment. As a Teaching School and Multi-Academy Trust we have built a strong reputation regionally and nationally. This role therefore provides significant career development opportunities as we continue to grow.

The Trust’s Sponsors - Sellafield Limited, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the University of Central Lancashire have each played an important role in our success and are committed to its continued improvement. Your awareness of commercial relationships will also be an advantage.

For an informal discussion about this role or to arrange a visit to West Lakes Academy please contact: Jonathan Johnson, Chief Executive Officer on 01946 820356.

West Lakes Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced check for regulated activity via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Details can be found on the vacancies section of our website at www.westlakesmat.org.uk.    To apply for this role please complete and return the application form to recruitment@westlakesmat.org.ukClosing date for applications: 9.00 am on Friday 10th July 2020.