Chief Financial Officer

Pontefract Academies Trust are seeking to appoint a Chief Financial Officer.

The Trust is made up of six primary and two secondary schools with a mission of running top quality, high achieving schools that give children and young people the chance in life they deserve. The Trusts vision is to ensure that every child and young person makes outstanding progress through their school journey.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will have responsibility for all aspects of Trust finance. Delivering operational rigour and strategic direction, the CFO will play an integral role in supporting the growth and development of Pontefract Academies Trust and ensure it continues to be financially sustainable. The CFO will lead strategically and operationally to provide excellent financial leadership, guidance and stewardship as the Trust develops into the future. Not only will this role own the day to day numbers and provide insight to commercial decision making, the CFO will continue to build upon and embed a culture focussed on working as a pro-active member of the executive team across the Trust, driving internal excellence.

You will need significant senior financial management and strategic leadership either in the public or private sector with accountability for a complex resource base.

Alongside exceptional technical ability, you will be a strategic thinker with experience of building and empowering strong, agile teams that engenders a positive collaborative and collegiate culture, sustaining high performing teams that engage with colleagues across the Trust.

You will require diplomacy, openness, approachability and a personable style of strategic leadership and resource management, as well as the ability to converse with internal and external stakeholders with integrity.

For further details or to be considered for this role, please visit the following website ( or contact Paula Barber (0114 399 0590, and supply the following:

  • An up-to-date CV, setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, details of your current salary and benefits and preferred contact details.
  • Details of two referees (from your employer). Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
  • Proof of your eligibility to work in the UK.

We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from everyone. The Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to a receipt of satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Successful applicants will also be asked to provide criminal conviction information.

Salary: £70,000 - £80,000 per annum (negotiable for exceptional candidates)
Role Level: Leadership
Location: Pontefract Academies Trust
Closing Date: Sunday 27th September 10AM
Interview Date: Mid-October
Applicant Pack: Download
Letter from the CEO: Download