Chief Financial Officer

PLEASE NOTE: The application form and supporting documents can be found at the bottom of this page.

Salary: £80,383 – £86,313 per annum, pro rata

Closing date: 9am, Friday 21st June 2024

Interview Date: Tuesday 25th June. (Shortlisted candidates will be contacted on Friday 21st June)

Part-time (0.4fte – 0.6fte) 

The Potteries Educational Trust is a growing Multi Academy Trust, working collaboratively with educational institutions from across Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and beyond, seeking to improve outcomes for all children and young people in the region. The Trust is a vibrant Learning Community working to maintain and develop excellent and innovative teaching and learning.  The Trust seeks to deliver high quality parental engagement, pastoral support and the pooling of resources and expertise to achieve an Outstanding learning experience and outcomes for all our children and young people.  Institutions work together to foster high quality academic and pastoral support, utilising the best elements of educational research in moving existing strong practice to outstanding in every sense.

We are seeking a highly skilled, inspirational finance professional, who is adept at building strong positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders, and has the ability to foster respect and trust easily.  You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to win support for new ideas and concepts through effective advocacy skills.

The Chief Financial Officer will provide strategic leadership to the CEO and Trust on all finance matters, including financial audit, compliance and risk management.  The post holder will maintain the excellence of our Finance Team as the Trust grows and will have excellent knowledge of the principles and methods of financial control and reporting, excellent leadership skills, and the ability to demonstrate strategic financial planning and management.

The post holder will assist the Board in their wide responsibilities ensuring compliance in accordance with statutory and legal requirements, as well as being responsible for managing the efficient and effective provision of operational, business and support management activities within the Potteries Educational Trust.

As a key member of the central team, the CFO will play an important part in setting and achieving the PET strategy. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Trustees, the CFO will work closely with the other members of our central team, to ensure effective Trust leadership that best serves the children and young people in our communities.

The Trust is committed to offering flexible employment practices enabling staff to strike a sensible balance between home and work life. For this role we are open to discussing the possibility of a range of flexible working patterns, e.g reduced/compressed hours; remote working; flexible start and finish times.  Please feel free to discuss this at the selection stage and we can explore what is possible for the role whilst ensuring we meet the business needs of the Trust. 

If we receive a high volume of applications, we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

For further details and an application form please visit the Trust’s website:, or email  Alternatively, telephone Human Resources on (01782) 854210.

The Trust is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education, an online search will be conducted as part of our due diligence checks on all short-listed candidates. An enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required prior to taking up an appointment with the Trust.