Salary: up to £60,000 pa

(Subject to Experience     |     A Relocation Package may also be available if needed)

We are looking for a qualified accountant, ideally with experience in Education OR a similar sector e.g., Charity, Local Authority, the NHS, the Prison Service, Private Hospitals, Hotels etc. to lead our Finance functions and staff across our close-knit Multi-Academy Trust of three Academies in Tameside, Greater Manchester. We are seeking someone with high levels of technical accountancy competence and the personal skills to communicate complexity clearly and to lead and manage teams of staff who work in different schools and locations. The Trust’s finances are robust, and we are seeking a capable Finance Director/ Manager to ensure all financial systems, structures, budgeting, reporting, and funding claims made are accurate and of a high standard, meeting both the MAT’s requirements and all legal stipulations. 

As a local Multi-Academy Trust, we are agile and responsive to our Academies and their communities and can offer the post holder considerable professional autonomy in their work. You will enjoy ample opportunity to design, improve and transform our financial systems to ensure our finances remain strong, the Trust operates within its budgets, funding opportunities are maximised and claims accurately submitted, management reporting is timely, accurate and useful, our procurement offers excellent value for money, and so the quality of education Stamford Park Trust provides can be offered to even more young people across Tameside and Greater Manchester.

Working directly for the Chief Operations Officer (COO), the Group Finance Manager has the primary responsibility for the accurate financial management of the Trust and its three Academies, for compiling the Trust Accounts, and for supporting the Chief Operations Officer and CEO in the strategic development and operation of the MAT.

You will play a pivotal role in continuing to build, refine and deliver the shared vision of the aims, values, and culture of the Trust



"Leaders and governors are highly ambitious for their students. They are committed to providing the highest-quality education to help students achieve their best possible outcome. Leaders and governors promote exceptionally high standards and pursue excellence in teaching, learning and assessment across all areas of the college. Leaders accurately identify best practice and areas for improvement. They use this to inform teachers’ staff development. Governors consistently hold senior leaders to account to sustain high-quality provision for all students. As a result, staff at all levels have a shared vision for ensuring the best possible education for their students."

OFSTED, 2020, Ashton Sixth Form College

About the role

The Group Finance Manager is a new position, and will be directly responsible to the COO. In turn, the Chief Operations Officer reports directly to our CEO, Anton McGrath, who is the accounting officer for the MAT and ultimately responsible for its proper financial conduct.

The Group Finance Manager will provide high quality leadership and management of the Trust’s finances, financial reporting, and financial functions including compiling the three-monthly and annual accounts, budgeting and forecasting, giving well-founded and timely reporting on all relevant strategic financial issues to the COO.

On a day-to-day basis, what will the role be like?

The  Group Finance Manager will lead and line manage the Finance Teams centrally and across the three academies, ensuring we maintain, an up-to-date, professional and business-focused Trust  finance function.

The Group Finance Manager will compile the quarterly accounts, and 3 year financial forecasts for the Trust, the CEO, the COO, the Executive Principal of Secondary Education, the Academy Headteachers and the Trustees.

The Group Finance Manager will maintain and update the risk register in accordance with legislation and the Executive Team and Trust Board's approach to risk management, ensuring regular reporting to the Executive Team and the Trust Board.

The Group Finance Manager will oversee the preparation of monthly cash flow forecasts and statements, and will oversee production of the Academy budgets and produce the Trust’s budget, monitoring spend and reporting regularly on variances to the COO, CEO and Trustees. The Group Finance Manager will liaise with Academy headteachers so as to achieve best value in commissioning, and procurement of goods and services.

The Group Finance Manager ensures that all the Trust’s Academies are compliant with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook and Companies House and that the Trust operates under appropriate schemes of delegation.

The Group Finance Manager leads the Payroll staff in ensuring that payroll operates smoothly, to budget, and that exceptions are reported, explained and approved according to documented procedure.

What are we looking for in our Group Finance Manager?

We are looking for a qualified accountant ,who is motivated and motivating, and is confident in their professional ability.  Experience in Education, OR a similar sector e.g., Charity, Local Authority, the NHS, the Prison Service, Private Hospitals, Hotels etc., would be a benefit but for the right person is not essential.

We are definitely looking for someone who knows how finance function can contribute to organisational performance on both sides of the revenue and expenditure sheet  - someone with an analytical mind, accurate and fastidious, but who does not lose sight of the overall goal when surrounded by details. Our Group Finance Manager will have the intellect and experience to discern what is important amidst the noise, and will communicate issues and options accurately to facilitate better decision making.

Who will the role suit?

• A Finance Manager or accountancy-qualified School Business Manager within a School, General Further Education College, Sixth Form College, or Multi-Academy Trust.

• A Finance Manager, Audit Professional, Finance Director or Qualified Accountant in a public sector or charitable undertaking, working in the NHS or perhaps in a private hospital, the Prison Service or a large Hotel, or for a Local Authority, and who would like the challenge of working for a Multi-Academy Trust

• An exceptional and talented qualified accountant, confident in their technical ability and people-leadership skills who works in a different setting, but understands the operation of a governmentally-funded organisation and wants to transition to the educational sector rapidly acquiring knowledge of the various funding models and reporting requirements that apply.


Longdendale High School:
'Leaders' efforts to improve the quality of education are beginning to pay off...
Within each subject, clear plans ensure that all pupils learn the same topics in the same order. This helps to ensure consistency... Middle leaders, many of whom have been recently appointed, possess good subject knowledge. They have introduced new systems which are beginning to help pupils to remember what they have learned'
Ofsted, 2020.

About Stamford Park Trust

Stamford Park Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust created in February 2019. Our aim is to create a collaborative partnership with a range of local and regional educational providers in order to share expertise across our members and to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning which can be shared to the benefit of all.

Our founding academy is  the Ofsted 'Outstanding' Ashton Sixth Form College, and each school joining us will have opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of resources, to ensure that all learners in the Trust receive the best possible education at every stage of their learning.

In 2020, following disappointing Ofsted judgments, Longdendale High School and Rayner Stephens High School were given the green light by the Regional Schools Commissioner to join Stamford Park Trust.  Ofsted noted that Longdendale High School needed particular improvement regarding student behaviour and in developing leadership capacity.  The English, art and drama departments in Longdendale were singled out for praise, with Ofsted saying: “pupils reach high standards because the curriculum is ambitious, and teachers are skilled.”  At Rayner Stephens High School, educational outcomes were described as in need of particular improvement. The academy was, however, rated as “Good” in Leadership and Management, with the report praising the school’s changing culture, saying that “pupils feel happy and valued” and that “pupils are more tolerant of each other and of difference.” Both schools are now firmly established on steadily improving trajectories and are on course to deliver an excellent education in a relatively short time.

Finances across the trust are robust and will, with careful management, underpin the sharing of resources and continuous improvements planned.

Rayner Stephens High School:
Leaders have ... been successful in making much needed improvements to
pupils behaviour and their attitudes to learning. In doing so, leaders have
established the bedrock for future improvement .

The Application Process

To apply, please complete the Application Form in the pack (In the education sector, CV's are not normally accepted).

You'll need to download your pack by clicking the button below and then completing the form, which is  of course confidential in accordance with our privacy and GDPR policy. You can then download everything you need instantly from this site, or by calling ASDTi on 07736 775776 (daytime, evenings and weekends).

When you've completed your application form, please send it, with any letter of application you'd like us to read, by e-mail to ASDTi (not the Trust) by 8pm, Thursday 30th June 2022

Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 4th July 2022 - do let us know if this would cause you difficulty..

It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible,  subject to notice periods, however this is fully negotiable.

"It is a privilege to be the founding CEO of the Trust. Stamford Park Trust has been incorporated with the aim of providing the very best education can offer to the young people of Tameside. We hope to develop close and fruitful relationships with schools in the Tameside family to realise our ambition for the future." 

Anton McGrath, CEO, Stamford Park Trust

Our Locations

Stamford Park Trust (and therefore the Group Finance Manager role) is based at Ashton Sixth Form College, located on a large site close to the Ashton-Stalybridge border, near to Stamford Park, one of Tameside's fantastic leisure facilities, and on the fringe of beautiful Pennine towns and countryside. The Trust's central office is still an easy commute from the towns and cities of Tameside, Oldham, Bolton, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, and parts of North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

Rayner Stephens High School is only some two miles away, in Dukinfield, on the way towards Hyde.

Longdendale High School is just five miles away on the border between Tameside, North Derbyshire (Glossop) and South Yorkshire.

The Trust is near to the culture and bustle of town and city life, but lies close to some of the North and North West's finest countryside.

For those who would need to relocate to the Manchester or North Western Area to take up this role, assistance with relocation may be available up to Inland Revenue limits - please ask ASDTi for details if this would be of interest to you.

Map One: Stamford Park Trust Central and Registered Office: Ashton Sixth Form College

Map Two: Longdendale High School, less than 5 miles from the Trust Central Office.

Map Three: Rayner Stephens High School, just 2 miles from the Trust Central Office