Chief Operating Officer

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Type of Position:Support staff - Permanent
School:Twynham Learning Core Services
Salary:£59,214 to £66,621 per annum (FTE)
Start Date:1 September 2023
Closing Date: 5th June 2023 at 8am

Start date

1 September 2023 (subject to pre-start checks)

Contract term


Working hours

37 hours per week

Our standard office hours are 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs, 8.30am-4pm Friday. The work pattern for this post is negotiable

Weeks per year

Preferably, a year-round contract, however, term-time plus a number of weeks of school holidays working may be negotiable



Salary range

(per annum)

Support staff salary points 53 – 59

£59,214 to £66,621 (FTE)


Twynham Learning Core Services Offices at The Grange School, Christchurch

Reports to



About the Post

We are looking to appoint a Chief Operating Officer to join our Twynham Learning Core Services team. This vacancy has been created following the resignation of our existing Director of Operations, and it is a rare and exciting opportunity to join us at an important stage of our trust’s development. Please take a look at our Candidate Information Pack for full details about the vacancy and Twynham Learning.

We are looking for an outstanding individual who will:

  • be a member of our Trust Executive Team
  • be the Chief Financial Officer for our trust, including leading on our work with ESFA and audit functions
  • be the principal MAT Risk Officer
  • be accountable to our Trust Board’s Resources and Audit Committees
  • lead and manage our Core Services Team to deliver education support services our schools
  • ensure a culture of corporate compliance is developed, ensuring fidelity to our operating model
  • demonstrate exemplary professional conduct as an ambassador of Twynham Learning
  • promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in accordance with our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies.

What we can offer you

  • 31 days’ annual holiday entitlement per year, increasing to 34 days with service (FTE)
  • Automatic membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • The opportunity to work within Twynham Learning; a progressive multi-academy trust
  • The opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful areas of the South Coast

Who we are looking for

We would love to hear from you if you have:

  • professional qualification(s) in accountancy – CCAB qualified with a minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification experience
  • a degree or equivalent graduate qualification
  • experience of delivering financial strategy and planning as a core responsibility (i.e. financial management at director/senior management level)
  • experience of managing a large team within an organisation as the accountable manager/director, with evidential impact of your leadership skills
  • worked within a management team at a senior level (managing a portfolio alongside other leaders/decision makers)

You will also be keen to live our Twynham Learning employee values which are:

  • Aim high
  • Keep improving
  • Don’t leave anyone behind
  • See the bigger picture

Any questions?

We encourage you to visit us or talk with our CEO to get a further understanding of the role and future direction of the trust. You can arrange this with Laura Harris (HR Officer) on 01202 878073 (option 3) or email us at

How to apply

To apply for this vacancy, please submit a Job Application Form, Diversity Questionnaire and covering letter (maximum 2-sides of A4) by email to:  

Only our own official application form will be accepted. You can download the form and questionnaire here:

The closing date for applications is Monday 5th June 2023 at 8am. Interviews and selection activities will be held on Friday 9th June 2023.


Twynham Learning values diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote diversity throughout our whole workforce. We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of our community, so we give equal opportunities to all job applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability status, gender reassignment, marital/partnership status, pregnancy/maternity, race/colour/national origin, religion/belief, sex or sexual orientation. Only people who can evidence their right to work in the UK will be considered for this vacancy. We are committed to robust Safer Recruitment processes as part of our strong commitment to safeguard children and young people. An enhanced criminal records check will be undertaken on the successful candidate. Candidates must disclose all unprotected spent and unspent cautions and convictions. It is an offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity with children.

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