Finance & HR Lead, Reading

Closing date:Expiring soon

John Madejski AcademyReading

Date posted:
Start date: asap
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £30,754-£40,680
Contract term: Permanent

About the opportunity:

Do you have experience in HR and Finance?

Are you looking for a varied role in education where you can make a difference?

Would you like to work for a growing organisation committed to creating the best possible outcomes for its children?

If the answer to these questions is yes and this sounds like the place for you, please read on to find out more about a fantastic opportunity we have within one of our Secondary Schools.

The White Horse Federation (TWHF) is a growing Multi-Academy Trust of schools. We are seeking an organised and enthusiastic Finance and HR Lead, to work within John Madejski Academy, a secondary school based in Reading.

As Finance and HR Lead for this school, you will be working in close collaboration with the School Principal as well as the wider HR and Finance teams within the White Horse Federation and will be responsible for providing financial administration services, budget monitoring and management as well as HR duties including recruitment, pay and absence monitoring.

We are looking for someone with HR and finance experience, ideally within a school environment. This is a great opportunity to join a welcoming and busy school with fantastic plans for the future.

Key responsibilities include:

Budget management and monitoring

Monitoring school income

Coordination and management of trip finances

Management of Parentpay

Recruitment administration

 Dealing with pay queries, additional hours and absence returns

 Absence recording and monitoring

 Processing new starters and leavers

 Assisting with employee relations cases

 Ensuring the SCR is up to date and compliant

Our ideal candidate will have:

Relevant generalist HR experience and/or Associate Membership of the CIPD

Relevant experience in a School Business Finance role and/or financial business qualification

Full working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook and Excel 

A positive, solutions-focused approach

The ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines


Well-developed interpersonal skills to establish working relationships quickly and effectively


Ability and means to travel to other sites and external meetings as required

This is a fantastic opportunity to join us at a really exciting time. If you would like to discuss this post further, please contact our Recruitment Specialist, Kathryn Twine on 01793 818605.

More information on the Trust can be found at

We can offer you:

An attractive working environment with excellent facilities

A committed, hardworking and supportive team

An exciting role amidst growth of the Federation

100% focus on improving outcomes for the children in our schools


We know that your role requires you to put a lot of time and effort into it and because of this we believe you should be rewarded. As a White Horse Federation employee you will have access to the benefits listed below.

Some benefits are accessible by all staff irrespective of their contract type (T). Some are only eligible to permanent staff following a successful probation period (P):

Car Purchase scheme (P)

Reward Gateway discounts (P&T)

Cashback healthcare plan (P)

Discounted gym membership scheme (P&T)

Hire purchase Cycle to Work scheme (P)

Free and confidential advice, information and counselling service (P&T)

Excellent pension scheme (P&T)

 Why work with us?

The White Horse Federation is a Multi-Academy Trust which supports Primary, Secondary and Special schools in the South of England. At its heart is a belief that we want to develop the type of schools that we would be proud to send our own children to. We do this with a relentless drive for academic excellence blended with a shared moral purpose and shared values but also with an awful lot of fun and happiness in our schools. We genuinely believe in partnership working with our schools, the pupils and their parents and the wider community each serves to create the best possible outcomes for our children.

We also believe that our colleagues are among the finest in the country and we are proud to empower them through support, training and career opportunities. With such outstanding staff we are able to ensure every student achieves all that they are capable of and more, regardless of background, culture, heritage or ability.

The White Horse Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful in being offered this position you will be expected to apply for a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service before appointment is confirmed. References will be sough on shortlisted candidates before interview.

More about John Madejski Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Hartland Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 8AF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 9370200
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