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Job Ref No. ECC163-42S Position Type: Administration Pay Range: Competitive
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 03/05/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: TBC  

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SWECET (South West Essex Community Education Trust) is a Multi Academy Trust of six schools with aspirations to grow and is in a strong financial position. The Chief Financial Officer will be based in the Trust's central Finance & Business Team, currently based at William Edwards School in Thurrock, with regular visits to our schools across Thurrock and Havering.

We are seeking to appoint an excellent, experienced Chief Financial Officer to join the team. This role is 37 hours per week, term time plus 5 weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to our pupils' lives by supporting our schools to manage, monitor and control their budgets and ensure they provide the best value education available. You will work with senior leaders including our Executive Team and Head Teachers, providing financial data that shape and inform key decision making and ensure up to date and accurate forecasting. You will be responsible for ensuring all income, staffing and other expenditure is correctly accounted for and will need excellent analytical and numerical abilities, alongside a keen eye for detail and good oral and written communication skills

Successful candidates will have:

· Previous experience working within education finance is essential;

· Proven experience of effective line management that aligns to the values and vision of the Trust;

Proven experience of preparing and presenting financial and management accounts, reports, and data;
High expectations of performance;
The ability to support others and work as part of a team; and
A formal accountancy qualification and education to degree level is desirable.


At South West Essex Community Education Trust, we are passionate about providing the best start in life for our pupils. We are united in the belief that every young person needs and deserves an education that will maximise their future life chances.

We place our pupils' needs at the heart of everything we do and support our colleagues in delivering high-quality education. Our vision is to establish a national reputation for the quality of education we provide.

Our academies are united by the things that make us both similar and unique - the DNA that ties us all together. The SWECET DNA is made up of the following components: Developing our people, Nurturing our differences, and Aspiring for excellence.

We believe that our colleagues are our most precious resource to provide high-quality learning experiences for all our pupils. Our colleagues work hard to support teams in their own schools and across the Trust and in return, the SWECET Wellbeing Charter sets out our actions to support our colleagues.

If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. Visits from prospective candidates are warmly welcomed and encouraged. To arrange a visit, please email

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Recruitment Team
c/o William Edwards School
Stifford Clays Road, Grays
Essex, RM16 3NJ
Telephone: 01375 486000

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