Finance Manager

Chatham, Kent
Medway Scale P03 Salary: £ 36,313-45,341 pro-rata
23 Jul 2013
23 Aug 2013
Ref: FMJUL13
Contract Type
Full Time

Finance Manager (Ref: FMJUL13)

Medway Scale P03  Salary: £ 36,313-45,341 pro-rata

Full Time or Term Time plus 20 days terms considered

The Bishop of Rochester Academy is looking to appoint a Strategic and Innovative Finance Manager. 

Our Academy, formed following the merger of two schools, opened in September 2010 and serves mainly the area of Chatham within the Medway towns.  It has recently been successful in raising standards and has been ranked as the 6th most improved school in the country.  With a strong Christian ethos, we aspire to be at the heart of the community - a community with significant challenges and pockets of severe deprivation.    With sponsorship from Rochester Diocesan Board for Education, Canterbury Christ Church University and Medway Council, we are focused on bringing real impetus for raising educational standards and improving opportunities for young people to achieve their potential - this is no more than they deserve.   We have recently completed a £20 million building programme, with the move of two campuses to one site for the start of September 2013.

This is a key appointment and you will have the opportunity of working with dynamic and forward looking Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body. The successful candidate will be an inspirational leader who will play a major role in ensuring Bishop of Rochester Academy delivers the highest standards for its pupils and builds long-term success by establishing and developing the financial and business functions to support the Academy objectives.

This outstanding opportunity requires a forward thinking leader who:

  • Is of Graduate/MBA calibre finance professionals, and will be ideally ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified, although outstanding candidates with considerable experience gained within an education/education project management organisation will be considered.
  • Possesses leadership skills and ability to motivate and inspire employees
  • Has a commitment to excellence and right first time approach
  • Can provide evidence of being able to improve systems to ensure quality outcomes
  • A proven track record of management within a complex organisation

The post holder will lead on all aspects of finance, procurement, contract management, premises and facilities management.  Responsible for the finance function, it is essential that applicants have extensive experience of both understanding and interpreting details and leading teams within either public sector or private sector organisations; ideally specific experience of working with Academy finance systems such as PS Financials.  Furthermore, you will have the wherewithal to drive the Academy forward, including taking advantage of any commercial opportunities the Academy has including liaising with potential sponsors and local business links.  You will develop the strategy, plans and systems for effective financial policies and processes, establish controls, budget management and be responsible for production of management and statutory accounts to a high standard. You will additionally direct a premises team to meet the needs of the academy site.

To apply, visit and download an application form. Please send completed applications to: Bishop of Rochester Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 5JB.  Telephone 01634 845196, or e-mail the application form to: – Ref: FMJUL13.

The Bishop of Rochester Academy is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Employment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced CRB Disclosure and satisfactory references.

Closing date: 20 August 2014


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