Managing Director - Independent School



£90,000 to £95,000

Successfully filled

Canford is one of the UK’s leading independent schools providing an exceptional all-round educational experience for pupils aged from 13 to 18.  Situated in a magnificent 250 acre park, the school combines academic success with a diverse range of sporting and cultural activities.  The school is an HMC co-educational boarding school with 635 pupils, including 420 boarders, and a team of 148 teaching and 312 support staff.  Revenue exceeds £18m per annum and generates consistent surpluses which are used to enhance a high quality educational programme and an ambitious development plan.

Key to the school’s sustained success is the recruitment of a high calibre Managing Director who will report to the Headmaster and support him in the ongoing development and implementation of the school’s vision and strategy.  The successful candidate will hold the most senior support role in the school with overall responsibility for finance, estates, HR, IT and catering and housekeeping operations.   The Managing Director will also have P&L responsibility for the school’s trading subsidiary which generates revenue for the school through the letting of sports facilities and hosting of events.

We are looking for a commercially aware leader who commands respect and demonstrates the highest levels of personal integrity.  Previous experience should have been at board level with input to strategy and responsibility for the successful and effective delivery of a broad base of general management operations.  This should include P&L and cashflow responsibility and experience of leading and motivating a multi-disciplinary team. This experience is most likely to have been gained in a sizeable business or professional services environment, although applications from candidates within the education sector will be welcomed providing they can demonstrate a commercial focus and evidence of generating additional income streams.

It is essential that the successful candidate shares the school’s passion for independent education and can embrace the nuances of working within a school and how this differs to the commercial world.  He or she must be able to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with a diverse range of people and be keen to play an active role in school life.    Candidates must be able to work within a highly regulatory environment with a sound understanding of legal and compliance matters and how these must be implemented.  Excellent project management and time management skills plus a good understanding of, and ability to interpret, financial information are essential.

An attractive package will be negotiated with the successful candidate but is likely to include a salary of £90,000 to £95,000.

The demands of the role will require the Managing Director to live on site or within a short travelling time from the school.

Canford School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to undergo child protection screening.


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