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School Business & Finance Manager

The Vanguard School, LambethLambeth

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Since 1962, we’ve been transforming lives, changing attitudes and helping to create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

We transform lives by providing support, guidance and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Autistic people turn to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

We have come a long way but it is not good enough. There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for people on the spectrum. With your help, we can make it happen.

Who we are looking for

We are a forward thinking Autism Specific Specialist Free School seeking to appoint an experienced School Business Manager with proven strong leadership and management skills on a permanent contract to start as soon as possible.   

The successful candidate will be a member of the Senior Leadership team with responsibility for the management, operation and development of administration support especially Finance, HR and Health & Safety.

To be considered for this role you will need to be highly motivated, professional and enthusiastic and possess excellent communication and IT skills, with the ability to build strong relationships across a growing school.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills and accuracy, together with the ability to use their initiative, manage own time and workload effectively and have good problem-solving skills.  

You will also need to have a relevant degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline or proven track record in this area.

What we can offer you:

Pension scheme

25 days annual leave

Excellent induction, training and development programme including training about autism and opportunities to attend our conferences

Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits (cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan)

Access to a 24-hour employee assistance programme

For more information about the role or to request a Job Description and Person Specification, please contact 

The National Autistic Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

If you are committed to making a difference, and would like the opportunity to be part of our developing school and possess the required level of skills, we would love to hear from you!

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