Business Manager
Leigh Academies Trust

Job reference: 001759

Location: Leigh Academies Trust

Closing date: 31/01/2019

Salary: £29,353 per annum (starting salary) + 25 days annual leave

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Business Operations

Hours per week: 37 hours per week, full year

Start Date: As soon as possible

Are you an experienced Business Manager keen to be part of a bigger team?  Perhaps you're at an earlier stage in your career and would thrive in our supportive environment?  Leigh Academies Trust has a fantastic opportunity for a Business Manager to join us, working at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester.  This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a candidate looking to be part of our well-established and experienced central Business Department who operate across the Trust.  Reporting directly into the Business Director for the Trust, we can offer progression and excellent mentoring support to ensure that you exceed in this role and expand on your existing knowledge and experience.  

The role will include the management and development of the site, ensuring best value, and tendering for local contracts.  You will also provide leadership and support for all members of the Site/Premises Teams.  On a daily basis, you'll work harmoniously with the Principal at SJWMS as well as the central Business Department.  Key areas of responsibilities include the following;

  • Health, safety and regulatory compliance
  • Premises management and development
  • Contract management
  • Budget management and efficiencies
  • Environmental management
  • Travel, and vehicle management
  • Team management
  • Admission Appeals


This is a challenging yet equally rewarding position for someone who is self-motivated, an excellent communicator and has an understanding of community both in terms of externally and within academies.  The post holder is responsible for budget monitoring within their designated areas of responsibility only as there is a Finance Manager responsible for academy finances.  For more information, please consult the Job Description and Person Specification by clicking here.  Our successful candidate will be entitled to 25 days annual leave per annum which increases based on length of service, in addition to bank holidays.

Working with Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School:  Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School is a boys’ grammar school with 1,350 students on roll that admits girls in the sixth form. The school is very popular and is regularly oversubscribed. On 1st January 2019, the Williamson Trust merged into the Leigh Academies Trust, providing a stronger and more developed central infrastructure to further improve the school.  Click here for information on our highly successful school.  

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust:  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 11 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open in September 2020.  In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. 

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to - click here to view what you’d receive as a member of staff with Leigh Academies Trust.

What are we looking for in you?  As a Trust, we seek to recruit talented individuals that can not only help to build the success of our academies but also people that are engaging and passionate about what they do. We are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust. 


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