Academy Business Manager
Churchwood Primary Academy

Closing date: 03/07/2022

Job posted date: 20/06/2022

Salary: East Sussex Grade 10 - £30,112 - £32,527

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 30

Academy Business Manager - Term Time plus an additional 3 weeks worked during the school breaks

​​​​​​​Actual Starting Salary (calculated pro rata) - £22,794 per annum + pay award pending

Do you have the confidence to lead the operations of our academy and support the vision to enrich our pupils lives? 

We are looking for an exceptional Business Manager to lead the operational and support functions of our academy. Our pupils need someone who is committed and hardworking to give them the best possible chance of reaching their potential.  
Whilst an experienced Business Manager would be ideal, we are also able to consider enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who are looking for their next career opportunity. The Trust are able to support you in achieving a professional business manager qualification to compliment your practical experience and knowledge.
Our professional service teams will partner with you to offer expert advise and guidance on anything Finance, HR, Health and Safety, Governance and Facilities related. 

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of effective financial management, have experience of leading and managing a team and have the ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines. 
​​​​​​​We are looking for someone who has:

  • Highly developed communication and inter-personal skills, can identify and use appropriate methods of communication to communicate sensitive, complex or difficult information appropriately
  • The ability to work with and build networks with senior colleagues and stakeholders, within and external to the trust
  • Excellent communication, influencing, negotiating, networking and collaborative skills
  • Has high levels of enthusiasm and personal motivation
  • You will support the school in all HR matters including providing the end to end recruitment cycle

This critical role requires someone resilient and dedicated who can lead the operation of our academy. It is fast paced and demanding but your contribution is paramount to the academy delivering its strategy and mission to improve the life chances of it's pupils. 

The role can be challenging with no two days ever the same. The variety coupled with knowing you've made a real difference and valuable contribution to the academy and our pupils is extremely rewarding.  The staff at Churchwood Primary Academy all work tirelessly to ensure the very best outcomes for pupils and are committed to providing an excellent education provision. Working towards the same strategic vision creates a real team spirit and positive working environment. 

    In return for your skills and experience, we can offer you:

    • A happy, caring academy ethos – ‘Everyone Can at Churchwood!’
    • Family friendly policies that are designed to support you with a work-life balance, wellbeing and the financial aspects of life
    • A calm, positive and innovative learning environment
    • Excellent facilities and resources for staff and students
    • A generous public sector pension scheme
    • Continuous personal training and development at all stages of your career with a package that includes:
      An annual personal development day
      Job-related apprenticeships to enhance your skillset
      Open access online training courses
      Scholarships run in collaboration with the University of Brighton

    And when the time is right for you to take the next step in your career, we can help you to find the right opportunity in one of our 15 schools. 

    For further information please download our Candidate Pack and Job Description. To arrange an appointment to tour the academy and have an informal chat with the principal, please contact the academy office at or on 01424 852326.​​​​​​​

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About Churchwood Primary Academy
    Ofsted grade: Good (2017)

    Churchwood Primary Academy is a school for 4 to 11-year olds in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. We are a caring and creative school. With one class in each year group, we are able to guide and support our pupils to achieve their best. Situated in the picturesque setting of Church Wood, our pupils enjoy learning outside the classroom in our forest school, woodland playground and large playing fields. Our speech and language provision is a key strength: we have a Autism Spectrum Disorder unit for Key Stage 2 pupils and a Speech and Language therapist. We also host a nursery for children aged from 2 years. 

    We hold the School Games Gold Award and the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion. ​​​​​​​Visit Churchwood Primary Academy.

    About the University of Brighton Academies Trust
    The University of Brighton Academies Trust is the fifth largest multi-academy trust in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff across East and West Sussex.

    Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us.  We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insights and best practice our schools support each other to improve.  Read more about our vision and values.

    ​​​​​​​The University of Brighton is our sponsor.  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

    Our Commitment
    The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

    We welcome applications from all members of the community. ​​​​​

    ​The Trust is proud to be part of the government’s Disability Confident scheme which underpins our staff recruitment practices.

    Key Dates

    Closing date - 3 July 

    Interview dates - W/C 4 July 2022

    Start date - asap