Chief Operations and Finance Officer

St. Wilfrid's Church of England Academy
Location: Lancashire
Salary (£): £57,482 - £65,010
Closing Date: CLOSED
Start Date: March 2024 or sooner
Phase: Secondary

Role Managed by

Neil Massie
Executive Search Consultant


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I am delighted to welcome you to St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy, a high performing single academy trust in the North West. The Academy is searching for an experienced education business professional to act as our Chief Operations and Finance Officer.

The Academy is in a very strong position, with an annual income in excess of £10 million, healthy reserves and a well-earned reputation for excellence. This is a role for a Senior Leader, who would enjoy significant autonomy and flexibility.

You would act as the Chief Finance Officer of the trust, working with the Principal as the CAO, the Trust Board and the Finance Manager to set the strategic financial direction and ensure probity and compliance in all areas.

You would act as Chief Operations Officer setting strategic direction and guiding middle leaders responsible for Administration and data, facilities and HR. You would manage our outsourced contracts. You would take the lead on our capital and refurbishment programme totalling £2.5 million in the next 18 months and line manage the facilities manager to deliver the Academy’s estate management plan.

We are slowly exploring MAT formation and are seeking an individual with the ability to lead this area of the Academy now, but with the capacity for further promotion. As a Church of England Academy, who you are is just as important to us as your skills and talents. Our staff are dedicated, compassionate and reflect the Academy vision and values in their day to day lives.

For further information, a confidential conversation and to arrange a visit, please contact our retained consultant Neil Massie at Academicis on 07818 875514 or via

Completed application forms to be returned to by Monday 15th January 2024 at noon.