Orchard Junior School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

                                                                   FINANCE MANAGER

Orchard Junior School is looking to recruit a Finance Manager to join our senior leadership team.  This is a high profile role in the school and we are seeking to appoint a highly motivated and organised individual who wants a job that makes a difference. 

Our school is is a 3 form entry junior school situated in Dibden Purlieu, on the edge of the New Forest near to Hythe.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of leading a team that is committed to providing excellent customer service, and who has a sound understanding of finance, personnel, data protection and health and safety matters. 

Working with the new Headteacher, experienced Senior Leadership Team and supportive Governors, the role will involve leading and delivering the management of school finances, payroll, HR, Premises, Health & Safety and General Administration.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Prepare and manage the school budgets (including strategic 3 year budgeting).
  • Prepare budget reports for Governors and attend resources meetings.
  • Manage day to day finance transactions including the use of school based systems such as IBC, SIMS and TUCASI.
  • Process Payroll transactions and reconcile related reports.
  • Be responsible for HR matters, including managing teams of staff.
  • Manage the school's premises (including risk assessments).
  • Be able to use initiative and demonstrate a ‘can do’ approach to prioritising tasks, solving problems and multi-tasking.
  • Manage contracted services, in liaison with Hampshire County Council.
  • Have responsibility for Health and Safety (including training).
  • Understand the need for confidentiality and discretion and demonstrate very high standards of professionalism at all times.
  • Meet agreed deadlines for all of the above.

Candidates should have a strong knowledge of school financial management.  An Accountancy qualification (or similar) and experience of Project Management would be beneficial.

We can offer you:

  • Friendly and supportive staff who are dedicated to making Orchard Junior School the best it can be.
  • A fabulous working environment with well-behaved children who really want to learn.
  • A positive ethos with dedicated and hardworking Governors.
  • The opportunity to further develop and shape the office team.
  • Support and encouragement for continuous professional development.

Application Procedure

Visits are welcome and greatly encouraged to meet our Headteacher and to see our school. To arrange a visit, or request an application pack, please contact the school office on 023 8084 3162 or email a.halliday@orchard-jun.hants.sch.uk.

Application packs can also be downloaded from the school website - see below.

Please apply for the position using the Hampshire County Council application form. 

Closing date for applications is Monday 28th January (Midday) with shortlisting occurring during the afternoon of 28th January

Interviews to be held on Thursday 31st January 2019 (invites to interview will be sent out by email).


                                    SUPPLY TEACHERS

If you are an experienced teacher looking for supply work, and you are already on Hampshire payroll, 

please contact Mrs Halliday in our school office to discuss your situation.

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