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Head of Service - Finance, Connect Education Trust

Apply by:              15th April 2024 - 12noon

Interviews:           Candidates will be interviewed as soon as a suitable application is received

Salary Scale:        £57,363 – £75,819 per annum

Hours:                    36 hours per week/ 52 weeks

Contract Term:    Permanent

Job Start:              ASAP

Connect Education Trust is seeking a driven, innovative and passionate individual to join their central team as Head of the Finance Service. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a growing and highly successful Trust. Connect is forward thinking, dynamic and determined to make a difference, and is seeking a like-minded individual who can support and lead the finances of the Trust.  The Trust is at a point of expansion and we are looking for the right person lead our financial service and ensure sustainable growth.

As Head of the Finance Service, you will play a pivotal role in overseeing the financial operations of Connect Education Trust, contributing to its strategic direction and success. You will be accountable for ensuring that sound and appropriate financial governance and risk management arrangements are in place, prepare and monitor budgets and ensure the delivery of annual accounts in accordance with the Academy Trust Handbook and all statutory requirements.

The role covers strategic responsibility for all the Trust’s finance and business operations and has a strategic overview of all Trust finance matters to ensure that the Trust is fully compliant and that financial regulations are adhered to.  They will hold the responsibility and accountability for the financial controls and procedures within the Trust and manage the finance service for all schools within the Trust. 

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team based at our central office at Chesterfield Primary School and will have the opportunity to work with each of our schools providing school support services. Travel to all our schools will be required.

We are the Connect Education Trust, a partnership of successful schools in North London. We firmly believe that we are better together and the collective experience of our people and our individual communities allows us to achieve far more than we ever could alone. Connect schools offer exceptional education to our pupils. A place where pupils and our people enjoy coming to school and where their full potential is realised.

The wellbeing of our staff is of paramount importance. We promote a healthy work-life balance. We provide staff with wellbeing days, and an attendance reward scheme, as well as giving all employees access to a support hub. Connect provides opportunities to ensure that we value hard work and dedication to create remarkable futures for all pupils.

With easy access into central London, our school is ideal for candidates wanting to live in either inner or outer London. In line with recent legislation, applicants must have a command of spoken English that is sufficient to effectively carry out duties of the role.

Please visit our website to learn more about our Trust or to download the application pack:

For any further information regarding the post, please contact Estelle Tierney, Chief Operations Officer via email

All Connect Education Trust is committed to safeguarding. Therefore, all employees working within the Trust must have the ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of our children and young people. All candidates are required to complete the school’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ declaration and will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For posts in regulated activity, this will include a barred list check. The Trust also requires consent from applicants to carry out online searches of publicly available information, including social media, prior to interview.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and well-being and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.