Director of Finance and Operations – The Manor Preparatory School

Abingdon

An exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in the continued success and development of The Manor.

The Manor is a thriving independent co-educational day school for 380 pupils aged 2-11 years.  The School is situated on a nine acre site in Shippon, on the outskirts of Abingdon, about nine miles south of Oxford. Highly regarded locally, the warm, family-centred School serves a wide catchment area and the pupil roll currently stands higher than ever.

The Governors and Head are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, financially astute and commercially driven individual to become the new Director of Finance and Operations (DFO).  The post holder will also fulfil the role of Clerk to the Governors.  With a new Head starting in September 2024, this is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in the continued success and development of a vibrant independent school. 

Reporting to the Head on day-to-day operations, the DFO is a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team and will help shape and deliver The Manor’s strategic vision.  The DFO will lead a diverse team of finance and operations staff and ensure the effective and efficient delivery of support services at The Manor. Areas of responsibility include finance, buildings and facilities, health and safety, IT, and commercial operations. 

The successful candidate will be a visible and agile leader; a strategic thinker who possesses excellent relationship-building and communication skills as well as exceptional financial and commercial acumen. A strong skill set including finance, strategic planning and execution and operational delivery is required. Prior experience in the education sector is not a prerequisite and applications are welcomed from candidates with commercial, charitable and private-sector backgrounds. 

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics in the first instance to arrange an informal and confidential discussion with:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Monday 3rd June 2024.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right side of this webpage and upload your documents according to the instructions provided.

You should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to the Head Elect, Mrs Rachel Hamlyn. The letter should be a maximum of two pages and should explain your reasons for applying and outline your suitability for the role.

If you have any questions about uploading your documents please contact Laura Beacon, Project Coordinator (Appointments), at applications@rsacademics.com. Laura can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

  • The Manor preparatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.
  • This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.
  • The safeguarding responsibilities of this post are detailed in the candidate information brochure.
  • RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

03/06/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams w/c Monday 10 June 2024

Long list interviews will take place at the School w/c Monday 17 June 2024

Short list interviews will take place at the School w/c Monday 25 June 2024.