THE COMPASS PARTNERSHIP OF SCHOOLS

Director of Finance & Capital Assets

Annual Salary: from £49,827 to £64,704 pro rata to 3 days/week (subject to experience)

 

We are looking for a dynamic individual with sound financial acumen to help charter us through the next phase of our development and lead our finance function.

You will have an excellent understanding of financial procedures, budget monitoring and reporting, and income generation and will ideally be a qualified accountant or have equivalent experience. You will have a track record of successful management of significant budgets and ideally will have had experience of working in a financial capacity with academies and will have exceptional communication skills.

The Director of Finance & Capital Assets has the primary responsibility for the financial management of the Trust and its academies and for the strategic leadership, management, and development of efficient financial services, as well as line management of our Finance team.

This is a vital appointment for our young but growing charitable trust. As an established Trust of six schools, we hope to grow to up to fifteen schools in the next 3 – 5 years. We are keen to build on the existing best practice and partnership that already exists across our group of schools and believe that this is a very exciting time to join us and help to shape the next stage of our journey.

“My daughter’s school has a warm, compassionate and inclusive environment where each child’s milestones are celebrated and their individuality respected. Over the last three years my daughter has blossomed into a happy, confident girl who enjoys and participates in all areas of school life”

A Compass parent

About the role

The Director of Finance & Capital Assets (FD) will be responsible to the Director of Operations and Partnerships and will work closely with the Trust Leader, who is the Accounting Officer for the Trust, Trustees, members of the Executive Leadership Team and the Trust Hub Team.

The FD will provide high quality leadership and management of the Trust’s finances, financial reporting, and financial functions including budgeting and forecasting, giving well-founded and timely advice on all relevant strategic financial issues to the Trust, and the Executive Leadership Team.  The FD will advise Trustees and the Executive Leadership Team of the Trust.

The FD will be responsible for all financial management, as well as leading and line-managing the Trust’s Finance Team. This team has recently evolved due to our expanding special schools’ portfolio which has led to the creation of a Finance & Administration Lead for special schools. Our current FD will shortly be taking up this opportunity. Also in the team are our 3 Finance Officers who each work across 2 schools.

 

On a day-to-day basis, what will the role be like?

The Director of Finance & Capital Assets will be responsible for ensuring we create and maintain, an up-to-date, business-focused finance function, at Trust and school level.

The FD will ensure competence and efficiency with an emphasis on business partnership across the Trust.

The FD will be a key member of the Hub Team, helping it to develop and implement strategy and to resource and deliver the Trust’s strategic objectives sustainably and in the public interest

The FD will be actively involved in, and able to bring influence to bear on, all material business decisions to ensure immediate and longer-term implications, opportunities and risks are fully considered, and in alignment with the Trust’s overall financial strategy

The FD will lead the promotion and delivery (by the whole Trust) of good financial management, so that public money is safeguarded at all times and used appropriately, economically, efficiently, and effectively.

In summary, the Director of Finance & Capital Assets will develop and deliver a proactive, customer-focused finance function across the Trust.

What are we looking for in our new FD?

We are looking for a dynamic individual with sound financial acumen to help charter us through the next phase of our development and lead our finance function.

You will have an excellent understanding of financial procedures, budget monitoring and reporting, and income generation and will ideally be a qualified accountant or have equivalent experience. You will have a track record of successful management of significant budgets and ideally will have had experience of working in a financial capacity with academies and will have exceptional communication skills.

We are looking for a qualified accountant or someone who has equivalent experience, who is motivated and motivating, and is confident in their professional ability.  Experience in education, would, of course, be a benefit – but for the right person is not essential.

You will know how a finance function contributes to effective strategy, better decision-making, and ultimately to superior outcomes, and can use your professional competence and personal skills to ensure unity of purpose and delivery across the Trust.

 

Who will the role suit?

  • A finance director or accountancy-qualified school business manager within a school, college or multi-academy trust, OR
  • A director of finance, finance manager, or qualified accountant in a public sector or charitable setting who would like the challenge of working for a multi-academy trust, OR
  • An exceptional and talented qualified accountant, confident in their technical ability and people-leadership skills, who wants to transition to the educational sector, is a self-starter, and can rapidly acquire knowledge of the various funding models and reporting requirements that apply.

“Compass has supported my career progression from class teacher through to head of school. I have been coached, nurtured and developed at each stage of my career to enable me to thrive in and enjoy each of my roles.”

Compass Head of School

Our Vision and Values

The Compass Partnership of Schools is an ethical and ambitious learning community that seeks to inspire every child to value their education, know themselves, understand others and work to create a fair, just and sustainable society.

We are committed to delivering the best educational outcomes for all children and we pride ourselves on our inclusivity and commitment to each and every child, whatever their background, ability or need.

Our Trust values are Optimism, Ambition and Resilience.

We collaborate to transform lives, with social justice at the heart of everything we do. Our shared vision and values guide each child to become curious, enthusiastic, resilient and confident. We value learning as a creative endeavour and boldly map the journey ahead so that our children are able to successfully navigate and discover their limitless opportunities.

 

Ethical Leadership Statement

The premise of ethical leadership at Compass is to behave in a way that models Nolan’s Principles of Public Life, whereby decision making is underpinned by a framework of values. Our words, actions and practices develop to promote social engagement and challenge inequality and injustice.

This framework also protects individuals and organisations from the perverse effects of external pressures and accountability measures so that decisions are ethical and do not compromise integrity.

Our policies aim to achieve clarity for all, underpinning our ethical approach. Short term, reactionary measures do not offer sustainability, therefore we aim to support leaders in schools to focus on the long-term cohesion of the school and Trust community.

‘To do right’ is ambiguous – we can only be sure that what we choose to do is ethical – it does no harm to the emotional, physical, social and reputational well-being of individuals and schools. What constitutes right and what constitutes wrong is a value judgement.

At Compass, we seek to do no harm. We strive to achieve the very best outcomes across the curriculum thereby ensuring all children make exceptional progress and leave us as confident young people, ready for the future ahead of them.

“Senior leaders have created a warm, vibrant ethos. Polite, friendly pupils give visitors a hearty welcome. There are smiles and laughter aplenty. Staff and pupils are proud of their happy school.”

Horn Park Ofsted Report February 2020

Financial Statements

Financial statements for the Compass Partnership of Schools are available on this website.

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More Information 

We have prepared a full application pack, with a Job Description and a Person Specification, a welcome letter from the Trust Leader,  and all the dates and deadlines you’ll need.

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About The Compass Partnership of Schools

The Compass Partnership was formed in 2017 and consists of five primary schools and one all-through special school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We are committed to delivering the best educational outcomes for all children and we pride ourselves on our inclusivity and commitment to each and every child, whatever their background, ability or need. You can read more about our schools here

We seek to recruit the very best staff. Great learning and teaching are at the heart of everything we do. Our success is determined by the way we innovate and improve them both. We are committed to personalised professional learning opportunities that support our staff in progressing their careers. We are also dedicated to the well-being and development of all our staff, and demonstrate this through our commitment to the London Living Wage, national teachers’ pay and conditions, and the clear career progression opportunities provided for all skilled, committed, and passionate members of the team.

 

Meet the Team

You can meet the Trust Team here and our Members and Trustees here

The Application Process

If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions please contact the Director of Operations & Partnerships, Kate Jarrett-Shorter at contact@compassps.uk. Whilst we are not organising informal visits at present, we are happy to tell you as much as we can about the role and our Trust.

To apply, please complete the application form in the pack (in the education sector, CV’s are not normally accepted).

You’ll need to download your pack by clicking the button below and then completing the form, which is, of course, confidential in accordance with our privacy and GDPR policy. You can then download everything you need instantly from this site.

When you’ve completed your application form, please send it, with a letter of application or personal statement, by e-mail to our HR Director, Helen Cunningham at hcunningham@compassps.uk by midday on 26th November 2020.

Interviews are likely to be held Friday 4th December 2020 and may be held virtually – do let us know if this date would cause you difficulty.

It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible,  subject to notice periods, however this is fully negotiable.

 

Our Locations

This role is based at Alderwood Primary School, Eltham, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  There will be the opportunity to work from home on occasion and to negotiate the days/hours of work. All of the Trust’s current schools are in the borough and all are easily accessible by car and public transport.