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Director of Finance and Operations

The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools TrustEssex

The Vine Schools Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) set up by the Diocese of Chelmsford consisting of 23 Church of England Primary Schools. Their schools stretch across much of Essex from Harlow to Harwich and from Belchamps to Basildon throughout the Diocese of Chelmsford. Their vision is to serve their local communities by providing excellent education rooted in their Christian values.

The Vine Schools Trust are entering an exciting phase in their development as a MAT, and part of their growth plan involves the development of the operational, non-educational aspects of the Trust. The role of Director of Finance & Operations (DFO) will be crucial to the Trust’s evolution and offers considerable scope for the post holder to play a key role in developing and delivering the Trust’s strategy, driving performance improvement, and contributing to the successful implementation of their planned growth.

The Vine Schools Trust are looking to recruit an outstanding individual who will lead the group’s financial planning, as well as ensuring an ongoing focus on delivering robust and effective operations across The Vine’s non-academic functions. The DFO will support the CEO at executive level and the Trust board to support the Vine’s growth ambitions and will provide strategic input into other areas determined by the Board with the aim of the MAT to become a benchmark of excellence for education in Essex and the surrounding area. The post holder will lead on all matters relating to finance and operations at all levels, working with Head Office, and existing and future schools, to deliver successful outcomes. The successful candidate will be more than ‘Group Finance Director’: they will be a key member of the management team taking the Vine into the future.

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact our recruitment partner Caroline Olsen whose details you will find on the last page of the candidate pack.

In addition, you will need to submit a supporting statement, detailing your track record, relevant experience, skills and competencies.

If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity and arrange a confidential conversation, please refer to the supporting documentation for contact details.

Closing date: noon on 22nd March 2021

Shortlisting: 23rd March 2021

Interviews: w/c 29th March 2021

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