School Business Manager

Watford, Hertfordshire
Date Posted:02 Sep 2019
  1. School Administration
  1. Permanent

School Business Manager

Watford, Hertfordshire
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Tradewind are working with a modern, progressive Watford academy seeking a Business Manager to start ASAP and continue to the end of the school year, with a permanent contract possible for the right candidate.

The successful applicant will be involved in both a strategic and hands on activity, under the guidance of the Principal and with support from theTrust Business Manager. You will take responsibility for the school's business affairs, including financial management, human resources, IT, school administration and facilities management. The successful candidate will have an important role in developing highly effective and structured systems and processes in order to support the Principal, the staff team and Governors in their accountability to the West Herts Schools Trust (WHST).

*To provide support to the school's administrative and premises staff,
*To prepare, manage and monitor the school's financial accounts,
*To ensure the effective functioning of all areas of the school office,
*To ensure the SCR and HR records for LCFS are kept up to date,
*To provide leadership and management to the school's admin team and Site Manager

*Prepare the annual estimates of income and expenditure for approval by the Principal and Governors
*Prepare any work as requested by ARCFS and WHST and attend relevant meeting with School or Trust Committees,
*Obtain agreement of budgets and monitor them against accounts,
*Prepare regular management accounts for budget holders and report on the financial state of the school to the Principal and Governors
*Advise the Principal and governors on financial policy, preparing appraisals for particular projects
*Use financial management information, especially benchmarking tools to analyse trends and identify opportunities for greater efficiency
*Manage school accounting function effectively to agreed procedures and maintain those procedures by conducting an annual review
*Maintaining an assets register and preparation of invoices and collection of fees and other dues, taking legal action where necessary to recover bad debts
*Provide detailed management accounts for the Principal and Governors according to an agreed schedule,
*Maximise income generation within the ethos of the school
*Ensure best value principles are adopted
*Act as a central point of contact with central and other agencies with regard to grant applications, gifts and other donations
*Secure bid-based competitive funds by effective use of bidding systems and contracts
*Negotiate, manage and monitor contracts, tenders and agreements for the provision of support services,
*Seek professional advice on insurance and advise the Principal and Governors on the appropriate insurances for the school,
*Implement the approved insurances and handle any claims that arise.

Our client is a member of a small 3-school MAT, allowing for collaboration and support between the three academies while each maintains its unique identity. The school is newly founded (2014) in an attractive listed building, offering state-of-the-art facilities and spacious, bright classrooms for an inspiring learning space. There is a particularly strong focus on literacy provision here, with above average attainment in literacy and a progressive, parent-supported reading support programme. There are strong links to the parent community and the school has a positive reputation with families in the area.
The school in situated in Watford town centre with convenient transport links to Central London, the M25, and the M1, with free parking available onsite for staff. The school also has a strong focus on staff development, with an excellent CPD offering and frequent opportunities for leadership positions as the school grows.

By registering with Tradewind, we can offer you:

* We attract top education talent and in return offer top rates of pay
* We care about your training and development more than any other agency - which is why we can offer you more certified CPD courses than any other education recruitment agency, 25 to be exact! That's 18 more than our next nearest competitor
* Great referral scheme - recommend a friend and earn up to *£100
* Full interview preparation and assistance - so you're fully prepped and confident, increasing your chances of success
* Help with lesson planning - our support doesn't stop once we've secured you a placement
* Online Portal for your timesheets and log your availability
* Free social and networking events to get to know your peers and consultants

The essentials
Must have previous experience in school-based finance, preferably in a managing role
* This position is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure, Overseas Police Clearances (if applicable) and professional reference checks
* Your CV must cover the last 10 years of employment history where possible and any employment breaks must be explained
* You must have the legal right to work in the UK

If you are interested in applying to this School Business Manager vacancy in Watford, please contact Cherie Kelly on 01727236255 or by email at

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