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Organisation:LEARNERs’ Trust 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:£70,309 - £76,309 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:LEARNERs’ Trust, Eckington Business Centre II, Gosber Street, Eckington, Sheffield, S21 4DA 


Closing date:15 August 2021 at midnight 

Contract Type: Permanent
Salary Details: £70,309 - £76,309
Working Hours: 37 hours per week
We are looking for a qualified chartered accountant who can lead the team of Trust Business Managers, Business Managers and School Administrators, in both strategic and operational performance. Working in line with our clearly defined culture, the successful candidate will be able to manage and lead the Trust’s financial strategy, inspire high standards and be able to support and challenge colleagues at all levels.
The LEARNERs’ Trust was formed in June 2016 as the result of a successful collaboration across three Rotherham primary schools under executive leadership. Since that time the Trust has grown to 18 schools comprising 17 primary phase schools and 1 special school. The Trust’s mission ‘to create choices and enrich lives by enabling the best learning experiences possible, provided through the best possible teaching’ is at the forefront of our actions at all levels.
The Trust is looking for a candidate that can help consolidate and improve our financial strategy. 
We can offer you:
  • Good ratios of support for schools, helping to maintain connections and relationships across the Trust for all services
  • A strong staff team, including; a Chief Operations Officer, Human Resources Officer, Central Administrator, 3 Trust Business Managers, 3 Trust IT technicians and supportive CEO.
  • Incredibly supportive colleagues and Board of Trustees
  • The freedom to manage your own time and working patterns, trusting your commitment to the Trust’s mission to drive high standards and levels of motivation
  • Clear, centralised systems used consistently across the Trust supporting the effective implementation of strategy and operations
  • A key role in supporting the future growth of the Trust
  • The encouragement of using ‘compassionate candour’ to help the Trust improve through open and honest feedback
Additionally, we can offer the following benefits;
  • Employee benefits and well-being scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous holidays and flexible working approach
What we are looking for:
  • A fantastic team player and a positive addition to the central team
  • The ability to communicate effectively with all members of the school community
  • A commitment to working in partnership between the Trust Board, central team and school’s community by building strong relationships
  • A willingness to roll up your sleeves up and get stuck in
  • A proven track record of delivering the highest standards of developing and implementing financial strategy
  • A transparent, efficient and organised approach to leading a complex element of a complex organisation
  • A deep knowledge and understanding of the current educational climate
  • A forward-thinking practitioner who is able to ensure that we are always looking for opportunities to innovate and improve
  • An individual who can get the best from others, expertly balancing support and challenge
  • A commitment to self-reflection and professional learning
  • Flexible and willing to respond to new challenges
  • A relentless drive to deliver the best possible opportunities for every child
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to the satisfactory completion of an enhanced DBS check, Barred List check, the receipt of satisfactory references and any other statutory checks that are required for the post. 
We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applicants. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. 
When joining the LEARNERs’ Trust, candidates must be able to align their own personal vision and values with our ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’. Before you apply, make sure you can – we really mean it! To find out more, follow this link.
Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 15th August 2021     
Shortlisting and reference requests: w/b 16th August 2021
Interview date: w/b 30th August 2021
If you would like an informal discussion with the CEO to learn more about the LEARNERs’ Trust and the advertised role, please contact to arrange a suitable time.
To apply for this role please visit our website.

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