Director of Finance & Operations

Closing date:
West Buckland School
West Buckland School
West Buckland
EX32 0SX

Job description



August 2020 or before by negotiation

Set in 100 acres of idyllic countryside on the edge of Exmoor, West Buckland School is a hidden gem, an impressive all-rounder school with excellent facilities, great teaching and a real sense of community. This is a once in a career opportunity for a highly motivated, energetic and forward thinking individual to make a unique life style move to join a successful school with ambition and a clear sighted strategy.

The Governors are seeking a successor to the current Director of Finance and Operations and Clerk to the Governors who is retiring in August 2020. The successful candidate will provide inspirational leadership to the business support team and ensure the successful management of the day to day operations of the School.

The Director of Finance and Operations is a critical member of the Senior Executive Team and he/she also acts as Clerk to the Governors.  The role holder will be expected to manage the commercial and business aspects of the School and establish highly effective, collaborative relationships with Governors and colleagues at all levels.

The ideal candidate will be an individual of proven leadership ability, a strategic thinker and able to turn vision into reality in partnership with the Senior Executive Team and Governors. Financial literacy and robust commercial judgement will be essential. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and inspiring individual, who will be working with talented senior leaders, a committed staff, and supportive Governors who are ambitious and have a clear strategic vision for the School.  Previous experience in the education sector is desirable but not essential.

The importance of the post is recognised in an attractive remuneration package.

Further information about the role and details of how to apply can be found at

Interested candidates are invited to contact Peter Lockhart to arrange a confidential discussion about the role: 

Peter or call him on 07876 354185 

The closing date for applications is 10:00am on Tuesday 10th December 2019

West Buckland School is actively committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

How to apply

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with the search consultant handling this appointment, Peter Lockhart or 07876 354185.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am, Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter, which should be addressed to the Chairman explaining their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and letter, both as PDF files please, to our Project Co-ordinator, Hilary Battye, at:   

Hilary can also be reached by calling our Head Office on 01858 383163.

The process is as follows:

All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you have not received acknowledgement that your application has been received within two working days of sending it, please contact our Head Office by telephone.

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics Ltd on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th January 2020.

Long List interviews will take place at West Buckland School on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

Short List interviews will take place at West Buckland School on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

The appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks in accordance with DfES guidance, to satisfactory references, enhanced level clearance from the DBS, proof of identity and qualifications, right to work in the UK and confirmation of fitness to undertake the role via a medical declaration.