APPOINTED! : Chief Financial Officer - Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy

APPOINTED! : Chief Financial Officer - Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy - Staffordshire

c£70,000 - c£80,000 + Highly rated pension - Catholic - SBM/CFO
Ref: 135 Date Posted: Thursday 02 May 2024

Chief Financial Officer

Salary: c£70,0000 -c£80,000 + Highly rated pension
Location: South Birmingham (agile working from home and office)
Contract Type: Full Time (Part-Time considered for an exceptional candidate)
Start Date: Negotiable

Lumen Christi Multi Academy is a company limited by guarantee which serves the Catholic school population in the South West area of Birmingham. Our Multi Academy currently consists of one secondary and seven primary schools (c£25M turnover) and growing.

We are an ambitious and thriving partnership of inclusive Catholic schools, serving our communities, providing an exceptional experience in education for the holistic formation of our children and young people aged 3 – 19.

It is envisaged that Lumen Christi will continue its expansion, becoming 23 schools (2 secondaries, 19 primaries) by September 2027, with a c£50M Turnover.

Reporting directly to the CEO, this is a unique opportunity for the right CFO to lead the Multi Academy day-to-day finance and operations activities, improve operating procedures to increase efficiency and implement agreed strategies with the Board of Trustees and the CEO.

As CFO you will take full responsibility for the financial and operational management of this growing Multi Academy, delivering on its financial strategy - offering significant exposure to a range of both demanding and diverse stakeholders, including the DfE, ESFA, Board of Trustees, School Governors and Principals.

To take on this exciting role you must be a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA) with experience of senior financial management and strategic leadership gained in either the public or private sector. The ability to present complex information with knowledge and confidence to meet the needs of wide stakeholder groups from diverse backgrounds is an essential requirement.

Now is a moment of real opportunity to be closely involved in the financial leadership of a rapidly changing Multi Academy with a clear vision and demonstrable values of Compassion, Integrity and Service to others, making this post an extremely attractive and rewarding career opportunity.

Closing Date: Monday 4 March at 12 Noon

Interviews: Tuesday 12 and/or Wednesday 13 March

Whilst this post is advertised as full-time, a permanent part-time appointment (no less than 3 days) would be considered for an exceptional candidate.

Your early application is recommended. We may interview before the closing date if sufficiently strong applicants apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake agile working comprising Home, Office and school visits as necessary. 

For an initial informal chat (in complete confidence) please call Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Advising Consultant, on 01737 652 043 or email him at in the first instance. DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

Our Multi Academy is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. DBS check required.

"I have personal experience of the quality of service Emmaus provides, when I successfully applied for a Headship position through them. I always felt I could call up, get the ‘inside take’ on the school and ask any questions in complete confidence. The support and expert advice I received made the application process far less daunting and I would thoroughly recommend Emmaus to any Church School looking to appoint a key Leadership position."

Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

"We considered TES, but the critical factor for us was that Emmaus are not only specialists in recruiting Headteachers, they are Christians focused exclusively on recruiting for Church Schools."

Canon Bob Baker, Chair of Governors,The Bishop’s CE School - Thetford

"We tried going it alone to find a CEO for our MAT but had only 2 applicants who didn't meet our requirements. We approached Emmaus and from the start their professionalism was reassuring."

Barry Leyland, Chair - Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

"We had been cold called by a few other companies but chose Emmaus as it specialised in Church schools. We were impressed by Liam and his team coming to the school and burrowing in to what the school wanted and needed. He asked searching questions and we were satisfied this was the way forward. I had not been a fan of head hunters before, but I have to say this process and its result was a hugely better experience than going out on our own and was totally professional throughout."

Bridget Prentice, Chair of Governors - Trinity School, Lewisham

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school which is seeking to appoint a Christian Head. My only regret is that we did not go to them for the first round of interviews that proved unsuccessful. It is an expensive option, but in the long run they are more than value for money. I am very thankful to God for the ministry of Emmaus, and I warmly commend them to you. In OFSTED terms, they are outstanding."

The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"We are delighted with the appointment we made and I have reported to the whole community that we could not have been more thorough in the search or more rigorous in the selection process. Thank you Emmaus Leadership."

Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

"Having previously struggled to recruit two Headteachers - for both a Primary and a Secondary school - Emmaus came to the rescue. Their expert advice and deep understanding of recruiting Headship positions in Catholic schools is invaluable, and I have no hesitation in recommending their knowhow and their values."

Fr David Gibbons, Chair of Governors & Parish Priest, Archdiocese of Southwark

"Emmaus brings a level of professionalism, seen in other industry sectors, to church schools’ recruitment."

The Rt Rev Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

"I cannot imagine a better service to fulfil the requirement of helping a Catholic school find a Head. I was impressed with the number and high quality of candidates sourced by Emmaus Leadership."

Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

"…we also considered other external recruiters, but Emmaus were clear favourites in terms of their recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the catholic school’s sector."

Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese



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