Chief Financial Officer - Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy

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 01 Feb 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.

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