Post Title: Director of Business Strategy and Finance
Responsible to: The Executive Principal and The Education Village Multi
Academy Trust (EVAT)
Job Purpose: As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the post
holder will lead the development and implementation of the
Multi Academy Trust’s financial and business support
functions. These will include Finance, Student Records, Human
Resources, Governance Support, Marketing, H&S, PFI
management as well as having overall management of the
Business Planning for each Academy within the Trust and the
management of the trading subsidiary as it emerges.
The post holder will have an annual income generation target
which will be agreed with the academy trust.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the
following responsibilities and accountabilities
To participate as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and contribute to the
overall management and development of the Academy Trust.
To lead and advise the Executive Leadership Team on strategy in relation to finance and
To effectively manage a wide range of business service contracts so as to ensure best
value for the Academy Trust.
To act as the Senior Line Manager to the Finance, Student Support, Human Resources,
Governance support, H&S, PFI, and Marketing functions.
Be responsible for maintaining a healthy and safe working environment by ensuring that
health and safety policies, procedures and codes of practice are followed.
Support and develop the EVAT’s internal controls and risk management processes.
To provide advice on all aspects of Finance, Accommodation, PFI contract, LA liaison,
Governance, H&S, and Human Resource strategies to the Academy Trust’s Board and
produce policy initiatives for EVAT’s consideration.
To undertake any additional responsibilities that may be required by the Executive
Principal commensurate with the grade and nature of the post.
Liaise with the Executive Principal to develop an EVAT Business Support strategy that
responds to national and local priorities and includes:-
Development of the financial and management accountant functions of the
EVAT, in line with DFE, Companies House and Charity Commission requirements.
Ensure that all financial and other information is returned on a timely and
Lead on the development of multi-year budgets aligned to the Academy Trust’s
Strategic five year plan and individual Academy Raising Achievement plans,
ensuring all activities are appropriately and accurately costed and taking
intervention action as required.
Ensure the opportunities for all income streams are maximised and that a
business plan is costed and updated regularly.
Maintenance and updating of the financial regulations, internal control
procedures and other regulatory frameworks.
Lead and advise on all aspects of treasury management and taxation.
Ensure that accounting and other business development systems are subject to
1. To ensure that EVAT Board of Directors are regularly updated on progress regarding
the fulfilment of the Academy’s financial, student records, external funding human
resource, PFI contract, H&S, governance and accommodation objectives.
2. To ensure relevant reports are provided to the EVAT Board of Directors and
Executive Leadership Team on a timely basis.
3. To ensure accurate and timely production of financial information to both internal
and external stakeholders.
4. To lead on EVAT’s statutory Freedom of Information and Data Protection
Management Information Systems
1. To have overall management control for EVAT’s Management Information System.
2. To ensure that management information is completed to timescales required within
the financial regulations and to meet funding audit requirements.
1. To help to develop any trading subsidiaries in order to achieve full potential with
regard to the developing commercial business plan.
2. To take personal responsibility for any annual income generation target linked to
EVAT’s commercial business plan.
Customer Services, Administration & Marketing
1. To establish appropriate customer service and administrative functions that promote
the EVAT’s core values and provide the highest possible standards of service across
2. Establish a marketing strategy that supports the objectives outlined in EVAT’s
overarching five year strategy plan.
1. To develop and implement an effective accommodation strategy that meets EVAT’s
curriculum and business requirements.
2. To ensure that the services provided by PFI Facilities Management, are of the highest
standard, represent value for money and are in-line with best practice.
1. To provide senior leadership for Human Resources to ensure that people
management strategies are developed and are in line with EVAT’s curriculum and
2. To ensure, that a pro-active HR service, aligned to EVAT’s strategy and vision, is
commissioned and delivered.
3. To support effective industrial relationships for all EVAT’s employees and consult and
negotiate with representatives of the recognised trade unions on a range of
employment and HR related issues.
4. To take responsibility for implementation and review of EVAT’s Health and Safety
These duties are neither exclusive nor exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to
undertake other duties and responsibilities, which the Academy Trust may determine.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH ALL
THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL BE SUBJECT TO FULL ENHANCED DISCLOSURE CHECKS
BEFORE AN OFFER OF APPOINTMENT IS MADE – AND THESE WILL BE SUBJECT TO
RECHECKING AS APPROPRIATE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Salary Grade circa £70,000.00 per annum
Working Hours You will be expected to work the hours to meet the demands of the
post. It is recognised there will be fluctuations with this work especially
during school term time.
Holidays Annual leave is 31 working days for a full year, based on a 5-day
working week in addition to Bank/Public Holidays. You will be
expected to take annual leave during school holiday times.
Payment Staff are paid monthly in arrears by credit transfer
Probationary Period The successful candidate will be required to complete a probationary
period of 6 months during which the notice period by either party will
be one month.
Notice The appointment will be terminable by three months notice in writing
on either side, subject to successful completion of the probation period.
Smoking EVAT operates a no-smoking policy.
General The successful candidate will be required to complete medical forms
and undergo a full medical examination.
The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of eligibility
to work in Great Britain in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration
Act 1996, before employment may commence.
An enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau will be
requested in the event of a successful application.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS STRATEGY AND FINANCE
Criteria ATTRIBUTE Stage Criteria ATTRIBUTE Stage
No. Identified No. Identified
Qualifications E1 Relevant degree or recognised AF/C D1 Accountancy qualification AF/I/C
& Education professional qualification
E2 Evidence of continued AF D2 Masters degree in relevant field AF/I/C
commitment to personal
Experience & E3 Experience of working as part of a AF/I D3 Experience of initiating, leading
Knowledge senior management team and and managing cultural change at a
implementing service senior and strategic level in an AF/I
E4 Experience of turning business AF/I D4 A proven record of success gained AF/I
strategy into successful outcomes in the education sector
E5 Successful track record of AF/I/R D5 A high level of commercial I
management experience within a awareness
large complex organisation with
a. Operating a substantial
b. Working with PCs and
software packages specifically
spread sheets and databases
E6 Experience of financial AF/I
management including income
E7 Experience of leading and AF/I
supporting teams through
processes of continuous
E8 Knowledge and understanding of AF/I
E9 An understanding of the key issues AF/I
facing schools and academies
E10 Experience of developing and AF/I
implementing successful financial
Skills E11 Ability to communicate at all levels AF/I D6 A good working knowledge of a AF/I
both verbally and written range of effective school
E12 A high level of presentation skills I D7 Design and production of AF/I
E13 Ability to think strategically and to I D8 Thorough understanding of school AF/I
analyse complex situations, performance analysis and issues
formulating and implementing relating to improved achievement
plans of action and attainment
E14 Numeracy and literacy skills in AF/I
order to handle data and
information critically, accurately
E15 Have a detailed knowledge and AF/I
a. Company Act accounts
b. Management accounts
c. Computerised accounting
c. Funding arrangements for
schools and academies
d. Internal control and risk
e. Commercial requirements
E16 Marketing planning and AF/I
implementation skills developing
appropriate strategies and
achieving successful results
E17 Public relations skills including the I
ability to speak at public forums
E18 Capable of working with and AF/I
achieving income targets
E19 Able to work with colleagues and I
contacts from a range of
E20 Highly developed organisational AF/I
skills managing time well to meet
E21 Ability to prioritise workloads and I
manage the delegation of work
Personal E22 Self motivated AF/I D9 A proactive approach to change I
Attributes with an ability to think laterally
E23 Possess effective leadership skills I/R D10 Confidence to work at a national I
with the ability to motivate and level
steer others towards achieving
E24 Dynamic, visionary and I D11 Political sensitivity and awareness AF/I
E25 Demonstrate effective decision AF/I
making skills including the ability to
make quick decisions when under
pressure and be willing to accept
responsibility for decisions
Special E26 Flexibility and versatility I
E27 Emotional resilience AF/I
E28 Ability to work flexibly to meet the I
demands of the post
E29 Adaptability AF/I
E30 Ability to influence across all levels I
of the organisation
E31 Suitable to work with D
Key – Stage
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