Head of Trust Operations and Finance – Herts for Learning

Head of Trust Operations and Finance – Herts for Learning



Date Ending

April 29, 2022


Contract: Permanent, full-time at 37hours per week – flexible working considered – competitive salary plus benefits

Salary: Band 6 – competitive salary plus benefits


Location: Hybrid working with flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties and for occasional visits to office based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.


Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.


At Herts for Learning, we’re proud of our core purpose. We believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live, their background or circumstances. You can find out more about us here.


Our work with schools, settings and trusts as a social enterprise is well known across our network. And now, we’re looking to build a new team – focused specifically on the operational and infrastructure needs of Multi Academy Trusts.


Are you looking to achieve impact on a larger scale in the sector?

Can you develop a successful trusts portfolio with real impact for clients?

Our new Head of Trust Operations and Finance will lead a vision to develop and deliver traded products and services that optimise the performance of people, finance, procurement, infrastructure, and buildings in trusts.

The suite of services and products you develop will add strategic value to the trusts and academies you work with. This means adding value to some of the best Business Management Professionals in the country. We already have an established Academy Finance offer, with a fully qualified team, who do just this – so our journey has already begun ready for you to take forward.

You are an established leader with a real understanding of operations and finances in the educational trust sector. You have insights into the sector landscape, deducing client needs, anticipating challenges and showing excellent people and presentation skills to inspire and engage others with your vision and solutions.

You are a self-starter with experience in leading diverse teams to achieve sustainable results. You are likely to have experience within a Multi-Academy Trust environment, as a Chief Operating Officer or as a Director of Business. Equally, you may be in a senior consultancy role advising schools, or as a senior leader with commercial accountability in an educational supplier organisation.

In return, we offer a competitive senior salary, together with a range of benefits including a generous employer pension contribution, life assurance, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years), company performance bonus, benefits schemes, professional development opportunities, family-friendly policies and hybrid working.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. Also as there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.


This is a great opportunity to join a diverse and successful team and have a significant impact on the quality of business management across trusts.

If you believe you can set the direction, build the business case for investment and deliver your vision, we would love to hear from you.


Job Outline – Head of Trust Operations and Finance

How to Apply

This advert closes on Friday 29th April at 9am.


Interviews will take place Week commencing 16th May 2022 in Stevenage.


Full role details and the criteria for applying are on our website and you can contact our team at hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk.


If you feel this reflects your next opportunity but would like an informal discussion to find out more, you can also contact Catherine Tallis on 07771 912401


If you’re ready to apply, download and complete the HfL Application Forms along with the supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the job outline, and the equal opportunities form. Once completed, please submit the forms to hfl.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the hfl.recruitment email address above.

We would love to hear from you.

HfL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HfL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Black Lives Matter statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HfL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.