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Director of Finance and Operations

University of Chichester (Multi) Academy TrustWest Sussex

The University of Chichester Academy Trust has an annual turnover of £30m and due to retirement, we are seeking a Director of Finance and Operations who has the qualities of an inspiring leader and the skills and experience to ensure continued financial sustainability and development of the Trust. 

As a qualified accountant you will understand the legal and financial regulations and procedures relevant to the academy sector, including consolidated accounts, whilst having the skills and attributes to be an inspiring leader and part of the Trust’s leadership team. The Director of Finance and Operations in addition to the focus on Finance, will enjoy wider responsibilities, bringing an opportunity for you to have a rewarding job where you can make a significant contribution to the overall leadership, strategic planning and management of the Trust. 

The University of Chichester Academy Trust, is an innovative Trust, comprising 15 academies across Hampshire, Portsmouth and West Sussex, with a shared approach to delivery and a growth plan to c25-30; we have built a strong reputation providing support to over 5,000 pupils and 900+ staff. Believing we are all on a continuous journey of discovery and learning, we can offer you a Trust with an infectious energy and enthusiasm to make a difference; with staff benefits you would expect from an organisation that places importance on being an employer of choice. 

If you are ready for the next chapter in your career and would like to make a real difference to the life chances of children and young people, we have produced an Information Pack about the role of Director of Finance and Operations and the University of Chichester Academy Trust. For an informal discussion with the Trust’s CEO, Sue Samson MBE, contact Louise Birch, HR Manager in the first instance at

Applications should be submitted by: 12 April 2021 at 9am.    

Assessment/Interview Date: 19 – 20 April 2021

To apply for this post please visit the University of Chichester Academy Trust at to download an application form and learn more about the Trust.  

We are an inclusive organisation and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of all relevant pre-employment checks. 

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