Chief Finance Officer

Yorkshire and the Humber

Chief Finance Officer

Job Grade: Grade 12 (£57,971 - £65,735)
Hours: Full time, permanent, working hours negotiable
Start Date: 01/09/2022
Interviews: 09/05/2022
Closing Date: 03/05/2022
Salary: £57,971.00 - £65,733.00

Sheffield South East Trust (SSET) seeks a CFO to start in September 2022, or earlier if available. As CFO for our forward looking, successful and thriving Multi Academy Trust, you will be an active participant in the leadership team, developing and implementing the Trust strategic vision.

SSET is a primary school MAT (pupils aged 2 -11 years), established in 2016.  SSET now consists of 6 primary schools, all with nursery provision. There is a good track record of successful school improvement, with all the schools inspected since conversion receiving ‘Good’ OFSTED judgements. The Trust is currently developing 2 specialist Integrated Resource Units for pupils with SEND.

SSET serves diverse and socially economically disadvantaged communities within Sheffield. The schools work collaboratively with high levels of mutual support. This role is a critical appointment as the Trust grows and we continue to expand operations.

About the Role

We are seeking to appoint a Chief Financial Officer who has significant experience of financial management and accountancy, ideally with business experience in education. Support to achieve accountancy qualifications may be provided for the right candidate. Motivated and with proven experience, the CFO will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for all aspects of the Trust’s finances. The successful candidate will be expected to make a direct contribution to defining key priorities that will shape the future of the Trust, providing strategic level advice to the Board and producing high quality information and reports.

Responsibilities will also include; working with the CEO, schools and Trustees to agree robust budgets, monitoring these through the production of high quality monthly management accounts, leading and supporting key projects and ensuring financial records meet compliance standards. Line management of finance staff and matrix management of business staff will be an expectation of the role.

The CFO will need to have outstanding financial leadership skills and be able to work in a positive and proactive way at all levels of our Trust.

What we offer:

·         Great colleagues

·         A clear sense of direction and moral purpose

·         An opportunity to be involved in an exciting time for the Trust and be part of our development and growth

·         Excellent terms and conditions of employment including membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme

·         Private Health Insurance

·         Continuous Professional Development opportunities

·         A central office base

·         Flexible working arrangements


You can be assured that you will be contributing to the Trust’s mission to work with urgency to improve the quality of learning and outcomes for all children.  

How to apply for the role:

SSET’s first priority is safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  

The Trust is committed to providing education and environments which offer equality in opportunities and freedom from discrimination.

Applicants should request an application form and further information by emailing [email protected]

Completed forms should be returned to the same address.

To discuss any aspects relating to SSET or the CFO role please contact the CEO Joanne Bradshaw [email protected] Tel: 0114 2441512 (Email contact available throughout the school holiday)

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