Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO)

Chief Financial and Operations Office (CFOO)

Easter 2024 start 

Job Title:                     Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO)

Hours:                          Full time (but open to considering part time options)

Actual Salary               £46,600 – £50,500 (cost of living increase due in April 2024 + LGPS Pension)

Grade/Salary:             Scale 11 with annual progression within the scale

Responsible to:          Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Board of Trustees

Liaison with:               CEO, Trustees, Local Governing Bodies (LGBs), SLT, Finance & HR Teams

Based at:                       Sweyne Park School with visits to Glebe Primary School

Who we Are:

We are the Rayleigh Schools Trust, and we believe every child is entitled to an outstanding education.

Overseeing Sweyne Park School and Glebe Primary School, a strong ethos of respect in everything we set out to achieve, underpinned with our inclusive approach – we ensure each individual child can flourish and succeed.

The Job:

Envision yourself as the strategic force steering our Multi Academy Trust’s (MAT) financial matters, working in tandem with the CEO and Board of Trustees to ensure that we have sound analytical data to make the key decisions that best support the positive outcomes for the Trust, and all its pupils.

You’re not just keeping the ship steady; you’re charting new courses for financial efficiency and effectiveness. And as for deadlines? You’re the one ensuring that every financial commitment and report is delivered with precision and on time.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Strategy & Change:

You’ll work closely with the CEO and the leadership team, bringing to life our 3-year plans and making sure we’re hitting our goals. Plus, you’ll be a big part of managing changes across our academies.

Business Planning & Performance:

You’re the mastermind behind our strategic plans and budgets, ensuring our finances are solid and we’re always on the right track.

Running the Show:

Risk management is a key part of the role. Collaboration with finance, HR, and legal teams is essential. Additionally, a proactive approach to driving efficiency and keeping abreast of educational trends is crucial.

Financial Oversight & Compliance:

In this role, you’ll manage all financial aspects, ensuring full compliance with regulatory standards and providing transparent financial reporting to senior management.

HR and People:

With the day-to-day people function support from the HR Manager, you’ll make sure we’re on top of our HR game, from absence management, to policies, staff development and everything in between.


You’ll be a key player in our Trustee Board meetings, keeping everyone in the loop and making sure we’re ticking all the right boxes, picking out the trends and ensuring these can be challenged to drive effective decision making.


Help shout about how great we are, amplifying our accomplishments on social media and fostering engagement with other schools to create extraordinary outcomes.

Who We’re Looking For:


Got a finance or related degree? Perfect. We’re talking ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, MAAT, or something similar.


Your experience in managing finances and leading teams is well-established. If you know your way around academies, even better.


We need a strategic thinker who’s good with numbers and people. If analysing financial data to create strategic and informed decisions and keeping cool under pressure comes naturally to you, then you’re our kind of person!


You need to be collaborative and a strong team player, with the ability to lead and motivate others, while also being adaptable to the changing demands of the role.

You’re a confident communicator with a knack for multitasking numerous high-level projects at once, with a methodical approach to problem-solving.


Reporting to the CEO, you’ll be overseeing the Estates, Accounts, and HR Managers.

If you would like further information, or to arrange to speak to a member of our team, please contact Kerry Wilby on, or call us on 01268 784721.

The Rayleigh Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant’s appointment will be subject to satisfactory enhanced clearance by the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Closing date: 14th February 2024

We reserve the right to close applications early in the event that a suitable candidate is identified.