School Business Manager

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: £48,818 - £51,837
Location: George Mitchell All-Through School
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 19/04/2021 at 12:00 PM
Reference: SCH/21/147681

George Mitchell School is a 3-16 co-educational multicultural community school. The governors of George Mitchell School wish to appoint a proactive and forward-looking School Business Manager to join the Senior Leadership Team, taking responsibility for the strategic leadership and management of Finance and Human Resources at the school.


We are looking for a highly motivated and inspiring candidate to effectively manage and lead the Finance, HR and Premises teams at the school. The successful candidate will have strategic responsibility for all aspects of Financial management, working closely with the Executive Headteacher, governors and the trust to effectively manage the school’s finances and procurement. We are looking to appoint someone with experience of working within a financial setting but any school-based experience may be a bonus.

Committed and positive, you will:

·     be educated to degree level and have a recognised Accountancy or School Business Management qualification

·     have good leadership and communication skills, with an ability to motivate and inspire staff at all levels

·     have experience of managing a range of teams and responsibilities with a proven track record at a senior level

·     be able to manage your own time and resources well and cope with the pressures of the role


Every adult is important and as such, staff wellbeing is a priority at George Mitchell School. We are proud of the initiatives we have in place to support our staff body. Alongside ‘Impact Fridays’ which mean teaching staff have an early finish to the school week we also offer:


o   Non-meetings weeks throughout the year to support with reducing workload

o   Well-being surgeries – allowing staff to unload and suggest improvements

o   Staff yoga, staff badminton and other opportunities to learn new skills

o   School theatre trips with free teacher tickets

o   New catering facility with a variety of healthy meals discounted for staff

o   Personalised CPD programme

o   Team building whole staff sessions

o   A Bike to work scheme

o   An appraisal system offering opportunities to develop your own career progression


We warmly welcome an informal visit or a conversation prior to application.


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Offer of a position is subject to receiving satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS Clearance


For more information and an application pack please see our website or contact Adeel Hussain, HR Manager on 020 9539 6198 or e-mail


Completed application forms should be returned or e-mailed to Adeel Hussain by 12 pm on Monday 19th April 2021.  Interviews will be held shortly after.



Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting.

The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

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