Chief Finance and Operations Officer – Woodland Academy Trust

Location: Erith, Kent

Salary: £63,027 - £73,755

Job Start Date: 1 August 2023

Job Term: Permanent

Closing Date: 28 March 2023

Job Description


We are seeking to appoint a Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO) as part of the Central Trust Executive Team who will work in close collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Education. The CFOO will provide financial and operational leadership; strategy; guidance and oversight to the Board of Trustees, Headteachers and other central Trust teams.

The CFOO will be directly responsible for financial management, budget control and operational best practice and efficiencies that enable the Trust as a going concern to deliver educational aspirations and outcomes.

This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate who is committed to systems-leadership, developing and empowering others with a logical and evidence-based approach. The core purpose of the CFOO is to lead on developing and maintaining secure, compliant and efficient financial and operational functions that enables the to deliver educational aspirations and outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have experience of leading at a senior level, overseeing a range of teams and areas.

What you will need to succeed:

  • A passion for working in the education sector and commitment to our vision
  • Ability to think strategically as well as have a good understanding of the wider context beyond education
  • Lead with integrity and ethically
  • Ability to inspire confidence and think creatively
  • A commitment to lead through others and empower teams
  • Ability to problem-solve with good organisation and prioritisation skills
  • A drive to contribute more widely to securing excellence educational outcomes across our Trust.

The successful candidate will be required to travel to all our schools within the Trust and will have the opportunity for some home working.

We are a family friendly employer and start and finish times will be discussed at interview.

We want to ensure that our recruitment process is accessible to all. If you would prefer the application form and material in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please do contact us.

Application Deadline: 28th March 2023

Interviews: 5th and 6th April 2023

Suitable candidates are invited to discuss this role in the first instance with members of the Trust Executive Team either in person or via telephone call. This can be arranged by contacting us.

For more information, and for an application pack, please visit:

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close this position early should a suitable candidate be found. Therefore, early application is advised.