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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

The Pennine TrustLancashire

Chief Financial Officer

(Full Time, Full Year & Permanent)

Starting salary: £52,000 (depending on experience - this has the potential to be reviewed for an exceptional candidate)

We are seeking to appoint a Chief Financial Officer who already has an excellent  experience of financial management and accountancy.  The successful candidate will act as a key member of the Executive Team and play an important part in setting the direction of strategic development of our Trust. This will include regular reporting to the Trust Board and the production of high quality reports to enable them to make informed decisions. 

This post offers an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic professional to join our Trust. 

Purpose of the Job

The Chief Financial Officer will be directly responsible to the CEO who is the statutory ‘Accounting Officer’ for the academy trust and is ultimately responsible for the proper financial conduct of the institution.

The Chief Financial Officer will provide advice on strategic financial issues and drive a culture of transparency, integrity and securing value for money. They will be responsible for financial management and for the leadership and management of the growing central team and Business / Operations Managers. 

Provide sound financial advice to the PENNiNE Trust Trustees, Members, CEO, Headteachers and Business/Operations Managers.

The Chief Financial Officer will lead the finance function, running it as a highly competent and efficient service with an emphasis on business partnership across the Trust and with devolution of the service where appropriate, developing a proactive, customer-focused service.

In addition to responsibility for financial management across the Trust, the Chief Financial Officer will contribute to strategy and policy development to support the Trust’s aims and objectives.

What we can offer you 

We recognise that successful people place value on a range of benefits associated with their careers including being given professional development opportunities, job satisfaction, opportunity to innovate and a balanced approach to work and personal time. As your future employer we will provide: 

  • Starting salary: £52,000 
  • Competitive pension scheme: Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days following 5 years service)
  • Access to continuous professional development opportunities 
  • Established links with existing partnerships and networks 
  • A dedicated team of school business managers who regularly meet to ensure financial consistencies exist across the Trust
  • A strong and supportive Central Team
  • Friendly and supportive colleagues, who go the extra mile

The PENNiNE Trust is committed to the welfare and safeguarding of children.

Closing date is noon on  Thursday 4th March 2021.

Application packs can be downloaded from

Electronic applications should be emailed to - further information about the application process is in the application advice section of this booklet or contact Miss Dobney (Head of HR & Payroll) on   

The Trust welcomes visits from interested parties, please email to arrange a visit.

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