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Director of Finance

North East England

  • Reference: 383303
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: c.£60,000 dependant on experience
  • Location: Tyne and Wear

The Organisation

Nigel Wright have been appointed to support Whickham School & Sixth Form College with the recruitment of a Director of Finance, which is a newly created position within the organisation.  This is a key appointment for the School for future growth opportunities.

About Whickham School:
Whickham School is a large and successful school in Gateshead with over 1600 students including approximately 250 in the sixth form, which is one of the most successful in the region with over 50% of grades being A*-B grade in the 2019 exams. Demand for student places is strong and the school is regularly oversubscribed. The Sixth Form, which has its own dedicated facility, is an increasingly popular choice for students from all over the local area.

At Whickham School we understand that schools are about people and that staff who are happy and enjoy their work are more productive. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring we provide outstanding Continuing Professional Development and Learning and an environment that enables exceptional staff well-being. We will support you in your personal and professional development, enabling you to contribute fully to the creative and dedicated teams of dynamic and ambitious staff you will be joining. We are accredited with the Bronze level of the Better Health at Work award and we are committed to supporting staff not only through the dedicated campaigns that we have run, but also in proactively encouraging healthy practice in a range of meaningful ways.

Whickham School wish to appoint a Director of Finance who is for developing and delivering the financial strategy and for strong financial performance across the Trust. This role is a key part of the Executive Management team and holds responsibility for the leadership and development of finance, with the capacity to take responsibility for estates and operations.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees you will define, deliver and continuously develop the financial management strategy for the Trust as well as providing sound strategic advice to the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive, Local Governing Bodies and Headteachers on all issues relating to financial matters.

You will be expected to assume accountability for the proper financial operations of the Trust and all its academies as part of the Trusts ambitious growth plans.  You will secure the long-term financial sustainability of each academy and the Trust, establishing agreed long-term financial plans and follow best practice in all aspects of financial governance.

The Person

You will be a skilled communicator and negotiator, with the ability to build strong relationships within a multi stakeholder environment.  The following non-exhaustive attributes would be also be advantageous:

  • A professionally qualified accountant.
  • Strong track record of successful financial leadership at a senior level.
  • Demonstratable success of setting and delivering financial strategy.
  • An open and positive style with the ability to develop relationships at all levels of an organisation and with significant external stakeholders.
  • Experience of leading finance in a multi-site operation.
  • Must operate with a high level of integrity and professionalism.  A bi-product of which will be the ability to build trust.
  • An understanding of the Education sector and the dynamics of the wider Public Sector could be advantageous but is not an absolute pre-requisite.

This role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to broaden their experience outside finance and to become part of a larger growing business.

Additional Information

This post will have contact with children and as such a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required as a condition of employment.

Please note that Nigel Wright recruitment are retained on this position and any direct applicants or third-party CVs will be forwarded for consideration as part of the Nigel Wright process.  Please apply online or contact for an informal discussion about the opportunity.

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