Kensington, Lancashire Cognita Schools

Cognita is a global leader in independent education. Founded in 2004, we are a growing community of 100+ schools in 16 countries - in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East - serving more than 85,000 students. Each of our schools are proudly unique, however our collective purpose is to create an environment where everyone can, 'Thrive in a rapidly evolving world'.

Southbank International School is London's leading IB world school which focuses on academic excellence and developing students who make a positive difference to the world. Southbank is an all through school for 2 to 18-year-olds, with students from over 70 countries. The school has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Head of Finance to join our fantastic team. This is a school-based role, and you will be expected to travel across all 3 campuses (Kensington, Hampstead, and Westminster) located across five sites.

This is a key role in the School Senior Leadership Team of one of the largest schools in our European Portfolio. The Head of Finance will report to the Executive Principal for the school, the role will combine running a strong finance function with aiding the leadership team in making decisions about the strategic direction and growth of the school.

The individual will therefore require a technically astute accountant, able to lead and manage the team. However, they will also need to be commercially aware, able to build strong and trusted relationships allowing them to challenge and drive the business forward.

Please see attached JDPS for more information.

Who we are looking for:

  • CIMA/ACA/ACCA qualified or equivalent.
  • Strong commercial awareness and experience of working in a commercial role at a Senior Level.
  • Stakeholder engagement across multiple functions and ability to work well across global teams with a proven ability to manage demanding stakeholders.
  • Successful track record of leading teams and developing individuals.
  • Experience of payroll management.
  • Ability to balance ongoing day to day duties with strategic opportunities.
How to Apply

All applications should be submitted to our Senior Talent Manager Kamini Chouhan by email, and must be received by 5.00pm - Monday 15th April 2024.

Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and Cognita Schools is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

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