Director of Finance and Estates

Job Title: Director of Finance and Estates
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Ashton-under-Lyne
Salary: 70000 - 80000
Reference: DOFE
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 15, 2021 10:04

Job Description

Are you committed and passionate about making a difference to the life chances of our students?  Are you looking for an exciting, varied and challenging opportunity within a GREAT community?

We are seeking to appoint a dedicated and inspiring Director of Finance and Estates, with a strategic and innovative approach, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will manage key responsibilities to ensure strong strategic development with particular focus on finance, audit, risk management, ICT and estates.

About the role

Our Director of Finance and Estates should be an experienced accountancy professional (CIMA/ACA/ACCA/CIPFA) with outstanding leadership skills and a track record of success at senior level. Knowledge of the multi academy trust sector would be a bonus, and you must display a passion for making a difference to the education of our students.

You will take ovarall responsibility for the financial, corporate and commercial management of the trust. This will include leading the finance team, ensuring that all statutory accounts and returns are completed and submitted; and ensuring that systems are regularly reviewed to support this. You will also provide advice to the local governing committees and trust board; and oversee and lead on ICT, estates planning and health and safety arrangements across the Trust.

About Great Academies Education Trust

We are a small academy trust with three high schools and one primary school, crossing the local authority boundaries of Tameside and Rochdale.  We have ambitions to grow, and as we continue to develop as a Trust there will be plenty of opportunity for you to shape and progress the strategic direction of the services, whilst instilling a best practice approach in all that you do.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact the Chief Executive Officer -

Closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Applications must be submitted to

To comply with principles of safer recruitment, candidates MUST complete an application form fully, not substitute it for a Curriculum Vitae.

Interviews will be held week commencing 15th March 2021 and the applicant is expected to be available for a July 2021 start.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment clearances, including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.