Trainee School Business Managers

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£28,224 to £36,936 per annum (subject to experie
The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London
Job Type
Full Time

The role

Trainee School Business Managers (2x)
Salary from £28,224 - £36,936 per annum
Fixed Term (2 years)
Full Time (36 hours)

Do you have a degree in business studies, finance, HR, or experience working in a varied office administration or finance role? As a School Business Manager, your role is essential to the successful “behind the scenes” running of the school, including managing important non curriculum school functions such as finance, procurement, purchasing, marketing, HR, and facilities management. Can you help staff to create a nurturing school environment where children can thrive whilst meeting the Council’s safeguarding responsibilities?

About the role:

Training: You will complete a full induction and training programme undertaking the Level 4 School Business Professional qualification, recognised by the Institute of School Business Professionals ( You will have protected time to complete the qualification during your working hours.

Regulatory Compliance: You need to demonstrate a good understanding of the role of local authorities in schools, ensuring strict adherence to safeguarding practices.

Finance: As part of the Schools Financial Services Team, you will have experience of undertaking general accountancy and book-keeping duties with an understanding of transactions and accurate record keeping.

Operations: Reporting to the Senior Management Team, you will ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day operations of school, including procurement, purchasing, marketing, HR and facilities management.

Stakeholder Management: You will have excellent customer service skills and be adept at developing effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels including senior managers. You will be working with and supported by Senior Financial Advisers and other specialist advisers within the Council such as HR, ICT, Procurement Teams, and School Business Managers.

Leadership: Understanding the key factors in the Council’s Equal Opportunities policy, you will lead staff with confidence providing them with the tools to work effectively. You will lead by example with the ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines whilst demonstrating good organisation and administrative skills.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • You lived in the UK for the last 3 years (due to the funding rules for the qualification).
  • You have a relevant degree such as business studies, finance, HR and / or
  • Experience working in a varied office administration or finance role.
  • You are highly motivated, organised, flexible, adaptable and solution focused.
  • Have intermediate level of ICT and communication skills to work with a range of professionals.
  • Ability to travel around the borough of Wandsworth.

The School Business Manager is a rapidly growing occupation, providing opportunities for professional growth and development. If you are ready to take on this challenging yet rewarding role, take the first step in building a highly successful career as a School Business Manager and submit your application addressing the Person Specification of the Job Profile.

Contact details

For an informal discussion about the role please contact

Closing Date: Sunday 26th May 2024
Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 27th May 2024
Interview Date: Week commencing 3rd June 2024

Please note, if you applied in the last 6 months there is no need to apply again. 

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. 

We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts may be exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to these posts will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan. 

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