Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Posted 14 June by Ivy Rock Partners Ltd
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Ivy Rock Partners is incredibly proud to be recruiting a new Chief Finance and Operations Officer for the Harris Federation. This is an amazing opportunity for a passionate finance leader who is looking to work within an organisation impacting children across London and the south east. Market leading salary and benefits on offer.

We welcome applications from all sectors, particularly applicants who have operated in highly regulated environments, and have led on ERP implementation projects.

Harris Federation seek to operate in areas with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage. In these places a high quality education is fundamental to the future success of the children they serve. They aim to disrupt the status quo, and free-up our teachers and leaders to focus on one thing and one thing only, providing an exceptional education for every child, where all children thrive and learn through engagement with an exciting, ambitious curriculum underpinned by excellent teaching.

Job Purpose


• To lead and manage the Harris Federation finance function so that Harris delivers its educational aims and objectives as well as meets all DfE and EFSA requirements.

• To be responsible for the financial sustainability and development of Harris Federation and for the financial probity of the organisation

• To ensure the provision of an efficient, responsive, reliable, and effective financial service to the Harris Federation.

• To support the CEO in his role as Accounting Officer in line with the Academy Finance Handbook

• To provide strong leadership and direction to an established central finance team consisting of 35 staff), this being the led by a strong Financial Controller and the business partnering team led by a strong Head of Business Partnering

• To manage the Financial Controller and oversee the operational finance and accounts team

• To manage the Head of Finance Business Partnering and oversee relationships with key stakeholders across the academy network


• To work alongside the CEO and Directors to continue the development of an effective and efficient business model for the Harris Federation central

• This will align with the Oracle roll out where the current operating model will require business change that will drive the efficiencies and benefits a new and sophisticated system like Oracle can bring.

• To give strong leadership and direction to the central systems team (circa 6 staff), this team currently supporting the roll out of the Oracle system across HR, Payroll and Finance.

• To ensure the provision of an efficient, responsive, reliable and effective systems support and development service to the Harris Federation

Required skills

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Senior Management

Reference: 52659553

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