Finance Manager - The Constellation Trust

Salary Range: Grade 10 NJC Points 34-37 £38,553 - £41,591 (this could be reviewed for exceptional candidates)
Closing Date: Friday 21st April 2022, 12.00 Noon
Hours: Full Time, 37 hours a week over 52 weeks a year
Start Date: ASAP

The Finance Manager will work as part of the central finance team, led by the Director of Finance & Business, to deliver an expert service to our schools. We are looking for an exceptional individual to provide high level operational support and expertise to the Director of Finance & Business in relation to school budgets, as well as undertake direct line management of the trust finance team. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to provide ad-hoc support when needed by the Director of Finance & Business, and will oversee tasks including:

  • Managing the delivery of the monthly management reports
  • Overseeing transactional processing within the academies
  • Preparing for and being the lead contact for Internal Scrutiny visits and the year end Auditors
  • Liaising with school-based colleagues as required
  • Acting as Line Manager for the central trust finance team, and oversee their CPD and general development at the Trust
  • Act as the senior finance contact and main support for the admin and business managers in the Trust
  • Alongside the Director of Finance & Business, help prepare and feed into the annual budget setting process

The Trust continues to look to develop its talent and for the right candidate, further future senior opportunities for progression are expected in the future.

What we are looking for

  • A finance person, who as a minimum, is AAT Qualified with significant relevant experience
  • Someone who is looking to progress further, in both skills and qualifications (fully funded)
  • Leadership and development of staff experience
  • Experience of producing management accounts and monthly reports using financial systems
  • Ideally experience of working within the education, public or charity sector
  • Experience of producing regular forecasts
  • Thrive in a career at The Constellation Trust

The Constellation Trust is a dynamic, forward thinking Academy Trust with many career opportunities for new and existing staff. Each school in our Trust has its own individual identity, while benefiting from the expertise that comes from dedicated and experienced central Trust teams. Our schools serve to meet the needs of its own local community, yet all are united in their core purpose of providing an outstanding educational experience.

The Package

The Constellation Trust has a generous employment offer, Our offer includes:

  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Work life and family friendly policies
  • Flexible Working
  • Career Pathways and Talent Management
  • Staff Benefits
  • All support staff at The Constellation Trust are enrolled in the Local Government Pension Scheme, a defined benefit pension scheme.

Interview Date: w/c 25th April 2022

Full job description here.

Please ensure that the Job application and the Equal Opportunities forms are completed and sent to the email addresses indicated on the documents.

Application Form Equal Opportunities Form

Please return completed application form directly to Mrs A Young, PA to the Executive Head/CEO at

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