Chief Financial Officer

We are seeking to appoint a Chief Financial Officer to provide strategic and operational leadership for all financial and business aspects of the Trust, which currently comprises a primary and secondary academy, both on the same site.

The Chief Financial Officer will be accountable for:

  • The strategic leadership of finance (including strategic financial planning, financial compliance and statutory reporting).

  • Ensuring that the Trust operates as cost-effectively as possible.

  • Line management of the Finance team to ensure their operational effectiveness, and the

    accuracy and timeliness of internal financial processing and reporting.

  • Governance and Board administration functions, including internal audit arrangements.

  • Co-ordinating the work of others in areas of common working, such as procurement and

    health and safety.

  • Supporting the careful management of risk.


The post-holder will be pro-active, enterprising and above all, an effective communicator.

The Chief Financial Officer is accountable to the CEO.

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Please read the information in this pack. If you decide to apply you should include a letter with your application form on no more than two sides of A4, giving your reasons for applying for the post, addressing information you have read in the pack and particularly the person specification, and outline any relevant experience and personal qualities you would bring to Essa Foundation Academies Trust. The application form can be found here

Please do not send a general letter; we really are looking for someone who is prepared to respond to us as an individual. You can be sure we will take time and care in reading your letter; we appreciate how much energy goes into it. Please ensure that you address your application to CEO, EFAT, Lever Edge Lane, Bolton, BL3 3HH. Telephone: 01204 333 222 or E- Mail:


If you have any questions, for example, relating to salary expectations or the financial position of the Trust then please contact Adeel Sahi, Chief Financial Officer via and he will either give you a call back or arrange for you to speak to the CEO. You are, of course, very welcome to arrange a visit.

Closing date: Friday 3rd September 2021 at 08:00am.

W/C 6th September 2021 -Final shortlisting and contact with candidates References will be requested at this stage.

Interviews TBC

Essa Foundation Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.   All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Baring check.