Assistant Chief Financial Officer

Pay Range: Competitive Salary
Start Date: As soon as possible
Contract Type: 37 hours a week, 43 working weeks a year
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 24/04/2023

SWECET is a Multi Academy Trust of six schools with aspirations to grow and is in a strong financial position. The Assistant Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for the Trust’s central Finance & Business Team.

We are seeking to appoint an excellent, motivated and skilled professional to lead the team. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to our pupils’ lives by supporting our schools to manage, monitor and control their budgets and ensure they provide the best value education available. You will work with the Trust’s senior leaders including our talented Head Teachers, providing financial data that shape and inform key decision making and ensure up to date and accurate forecasting. You will be responsible for ensuring all income, staffing and other expenditure is correctly accounted for and will need excellent analytical and numerical abilities, alongside a keen eye for detail and good oral and written communication skills.

The post holder will also lead on wider business matters for the Trust, working closely with the Chief Financial/Operating Officer.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Previous experience working within education finance would be desirable;
  • Proven experience of effective line management that aligns to the values and vision of the Trust;
  • Proven experience of preparing and presenting financial and management accounts, reports and data;
  • High expectations of performance;
  • The ability to support others and work as part of a team; and

A formal accountancy qualification and education to degree level is desirable.



At South West Essex Community Education Trust, we are passionate about providing the best start in life for our pupils. We are united in the belief that every young person needs and deserves an education that will maximise their future life chances.

We place our pupils’ needs at the heart of everything we do and support our colleagues in delivering high-quality education. Our vision is to establish a national reputation for the quality of education we provide.

Our academies are united by the things that make us both similar and unique – the DNA that ties us all together. The SWECET DNA is made up of the following components: Developing our people, Nurturing our differences, and Aspiring for excellence.

We believe that our colleagues are our most precious resource to provide high-quality learning experiences for all our pupils. Our colleagues work hard to support teams in their own schools and across the Trust and in return, the SWECET Wellbeing Charter sets out our actions to support our colleagues.

If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. Visits from prospective candidates are warmly welcomed and encouraged. To arrange a visit, please email [email protected].


Please return your letter of application and completed form to HR Department, SWECET c/o William Edwards School, Stifford Clays Road, Grays, Essex, RM16 3NJ or email [email protected].


South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers, online checks and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring Service.