Chief Financial Officer
Spot Salary between £55K-£65K + WRAT Staff Benefits

An exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to join the rapidly improving White Rose Academies Trust on its journey to Outstanding.


Sponsored by the Leeds City College Group, The White Rose Academies Trust consists of three secondary academies – Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy


Executive Principal, Andrew Whitaker, joined the Trust in September 2016, when all three academies were at risk of being placed in ‘Special Measures’. On joining, Andrew made a pledge that all three academies would be judged outstanding by 2020. True to his word, the last two years have seen rapid improvements at all three academies and, following the release of the National League Tables for Secondary Schools in October 2017, the Trust celebrated record-breaking progress across all of its schools.


  • Leeds City Academy was placed as the fourth most improved school in Yorkshire and then secured its best ever GCSE results in Summer 2018.

  • Leeds East Academy is placed in the top 15% of schools nationally for progress and is the most improved school in Yorkshire, the fourth most improved school in the country.

  • Leeds West Academy is one of the most improved schools in the West of Leeds.


All three academies are proud to be featured in 2018 The Parliamentary Review, a publication which aims to share best practice among policy makers and business leaders.


The Role

  • The Chief Financial Officer is a key member of the Multi Academy Trust’s Executive Leadership Team.  They are expected to bring a modern, business-like approach to the leadership of the finance function, running it as a highly competent and efficient service with an emphasis on business partnership across all academies and with devolution of the service where appropriate.

  • The Chief Financial Officer will provide advice on strategic financial issues and be responsible for financial management and for the leadership and management of the financial team.

  • The Chief Financial Officer is accountable for the accuracy and resilience of the Trust accounting practice, systems and data and is directly responsible for providing the required levels of competence and ownership of the financial operation of the Trust in its entirety.

  • They will develop and deliver a proactive, customer-focused service.  The Trust Wide Finance team currently consists of three Academy Business Managers and one Finance Manager.  This team is expected to grow over the next two years.

  • Responsible for all aspects of financial management, including payroll, exchequer services, the management of financial records, resource allocation and budget control, financial planning (strategic and operational), the financial management of projects, funding relationships with the funding body and other agencies and related contractual arrangements with external organisations.

  • The post-holder will ensure that the systems and processes around the financial management and functions relating to this element of the Trust are efficient, reliable and quality assured through internal controls and processes, internal and external audit and remain a key feature of how well the Trust is managed – for both existing academies but also any prospective academies or stakeholders.

  • As a Key Member of the Executive Leadership Team, the CFO will report directly to the Executive Principal, Board of Directors and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the Trust

Equal Opportunities:

  • To promote equal opportunities in Education in Order that all children and families will gain optimum benefit from the service provided.

  • To promote and ensure that all students and young people are happy, healthy, safe, successful and achieve economic well being.


Generic Staff Requirements:

  • Uphold the professional standards expected of every member of Academy staff in all dealings with colleagues, students, parents / carers and the wider community.

  • Adhere to the principles expressed in the aims of the Academy and its mission statement.

  • Actively contribute to the continued development of the Academy by attending training, participating in relevant meetings, and putting forward ideas for improvement.

  • Be a positive, collaborative team member.

  • Apply Academy policies in all aspects of the role.

  • Keep up to date with all aspects of the safeguarding children policy as it applies to the post.

  • The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an enhanced DBS check.



We're securing our 2020 vision for Outstanding by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire.


We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society

The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs over 370 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.

We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College Group, which is one of the largest and most successful FE/HE College Groups in the UK.   Our sponsor provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our Academies.  They also share our vision of creating a truly Outstanding Trust.


For more information or to apply for this role, please visit the Careers page of our website at  If you would like to visit any of the academies prior to making an application, please contact Yvonne Hare, Head of Communications and Projects at or by telephone 07906699942.


Closing date:  Monday 22nd October 2018 at 12 noon

Shortlisting: W/C 22nd October 2018

Interviews: W/C 5th November 2018

Start Date: ASAP

All post holders are accountable through The White Rose Academies Trust Performance Management Policy. 


The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and a DBS check.


We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.  Applications are welcome from all, irrespective of sex, sexuality, race, religion, marital status, age or disability.

The White Rose Academies Trust offers a wide range of benefits for all of its employees click here to find out more about whats available

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