• Alisdair Low

School Business Manager 34k - South Gloucestershire

This new school is 35 minutes north of Bristol

40 hours a week - 52 weeks a year


This is a bespoke new school (part of a large group of SEMH schools) opening in September 2021 for 11-16 year olds with SEMH needs, having taken the best elements of a mainstream school and the best elements of a special school to create an environment where young people can achieve their own goals and thrive - be that with GSCEs or a vocational route.


Be part of something new, the school is looking for a team of people interested in the reward task of shaping this exciting new provision right from the very start.

The main purpose of the role:



The Business Manager is part of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for the Finance, Health & Safety, HR, Premises and administration whilst supporting the site lead with lead. The supervision and development of support services teams to ensure an efficient, safe, healthy, clean, attractive and comfortable environment is provided within budget whilst business aims and objectives are met as a minimum and exceeded where possible.

Key duties:

  • Take delegated responsibility as appropriate for specific time periods and areas such as financial and other relevant decisions and actions.

  • Line manage the team leads of each of the Support Services ensuring the development and effective performance management of all members of the teams.

  • Ensure clear direction for each support team function providing regular feedback through informal one to one meetings and formal appraisal or performance management processes

  • Support the annual budgeting process ensuring all relevant parties at site are included so that budgets are realistic and cover all likely expenditure and highlight any new or expected expenditure.

  • Communicate agreed budgets to budget holders educating as necessary to allow for regular accurate reporting on budget.

  • In liaison with central functions and operating within processes and procedures work with SLT to prioritise and adjust expenditure throughout the year to keep within allocated budgets, e.g. major repairs and capital expenditure.

  • In liaison with central HR function, oversee all local HR related procedures including maintenance of accurate and safe employment records and ensure that all HR processes, including safer recruitment are followed, are compliant and in line with the requirements of the regulatory bodies and company procedures and policies.

  • Liaise closely with the Director of Estates and others on larger projects to ensure that local teams and resources are appropriately deployed to balance Opex and Capex requirements.

  • Ensure that all property, fixture and fittings, grounds and other facilities are maintained to high standards of safety and security.

Duties will vary, you must expect to diversify and lend a hand wherever is required.

Successful candidate qualities:

  • A Management or Professional qualification in related area to role e.g. Management Diploma or Finance qualification is desirable.

  • Relevant regulations and standards for education and care.

  • Current inspection frameworks used by regulatory and statutory bodies.

  • Safeguarding and legislative procedures when working with children and vulnerable adults.

  • Management and knowledge of EBITDA, financial systems, processes and budget preparation.

  • Excellent communication skills with a range of internal and external people, verbally and in writing

  • Ability to form & promote positive relationships with and between young people, employees, parents and representatives of outside agencies

What’s on offer?

  • Full training and continued support

  • Life assurance and pension

  • Health cash back plan

  • Car lease scheme

  • Bike to work scheme

  • Perk box

  • Free parking

Integritas Education Recruitment Ltd is acting as an employment business for this position. If you are successful, Integritas is required to see evidence of your Right to Work in the UK; in addition to you applying for an enhanced DBS Certificate should you not already hold a suitable certificate registered on the DBS Update Service. The position is subject to agreement to Terms and Conditions and suitable application and reference process. As a result of the volume of applications we are currently receiving we regret that we may be unable to respond with individual feedback. If we have not contacted you within two weeks of your application being received then regretfully your application will not be taken forward on this occasion.