Director of Finance and Operations – St Helen and St Katharine

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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St Helen and St Katharine is a thriving independent day school for over 700 girls aged 9 to 18 years.

The School is located on a single campus-style site of beautiful Edwardian and contemporary buildings set in 22 acres of grounds, on the outskirts of Abingdon, some six miles from Oxford.

St Helen’s offers students an outstanding academic education and a rich and varied life beyond the classroom, including excellence in sport, the creative and performing arts and a superb range of extracurricular clubs and societies. The School is in a strong financial position and has invested over £20 million in the development of its facilities in the last ten years, with a major new Sixth Form Centre due to open in autumn 2022.

The Headmistress and Governors are seeking to appoint an ambitious, highly-motivated and dynamic individual to become the new Director of Finance and Operations. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role, in partnership with the Headmistress, wider leadership group and board of governors, in shaping the future strategy for St Helen and St Katharine.

Reporting to the Headmistress, 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-educational and commercial operations of the School.

The successful candidate will be a bright, creative and visionary leader with outstanding financial acumen, the ability to develop and empower others, and to work as part of a team to ensure the continuing success of the School. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and robust commercial judgement will be essential.

Prior experience of the education sector is not a requirement, but candidates will be expected to be supportive of independent education in general and the St Helen’s ethos in particular.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion about the role: Nina Lambert:

Closing date for applications is 10.00am on Thursday 23rd September 2021.

To submit your application, please click the Apply Now link. You will be taken to our online application portal where you will also be able to download an application form. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Should you have any queries related to submitting to your application, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at: Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head Office on 01858 383174.

St Helen and St Katharine is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Deadline for applications

23/09/2021 10:00am (UK)

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams in the week commencing 27 September 2021

Longlist interviews will take place on 8 October 2021

Shortlist interviews will take place on 15 October 2021