Director of Finance and Operations – Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls is one of the leading independent girls' day schools in the country.

Situated in the Fallowfield area of Manchester, it is a selective, academic, 4–18 school for almost 1000 pupils. For 147 years, Manchester High School for Girls has taken pride in giving girls an academic education of the highest quality. Founded in 1874, the School has made a pioneering contribution to the development of women’s education and has a long and proud history of educating women who have gone on to change the world.

The Governors are seeking to appoint an outstanding Director of Finance and Operations to support the new Head Mistress in developing and implementing her ambitious plans for Manchester High. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, proactive and dynamic individual to join the Senior Leadership Team and play a pivotal role in the ongoing strategic development of the School.

Reporting to the Head Mistress, the Director of Finance and Operations will provide leadership to a diverse team of support staff and ensure the successful management of the day-to-day non-teaching and commercial operations of the School.

The successful candidate will be an individual of proven senior leadership ability, a strategic thinker and able to establish highly effective, collaborative working relationships with Governors and colleagues at all levels. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, exceptional financial acumen and robust commercial judgement will be essential.

Candidates will have a genuine interest in and empathy for education, but prior school bursar experience is not a requirement.

Interested candidates are warmly invited to contact Nina Lambert (Head of Bursar, Marketing and Development Search) to arrange a confidential discussion.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application. Please click the Apply Now link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to our online portal where you will be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Letters of application should be addressed to Mrs Helen Jeys, Head Mistress and are to be maximum of two pages. Candidates should outline the attraction of this position and why they feel their experience, skills and personal qualities qualify them for the role.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Julia Coffey, Project Coordinator at Julia can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Manchester High School for Girls is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  MHSG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks in accordance with the relevant statutory guidance, including an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references, proof of identity and qualifications and a satisfactory medical report.

Key Dates

Deadline for applications

26/10/2021 10:00am (UK)

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams in the week commencing 1 November 2021

Longlist interviews will take place at the School 15 November 2021

Shortlist interviews will take place at the School on 24 November 2021