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Chief Finance Officer (CFO) - job post

Red Apple Education
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£60,285 - £66,860 a year - Full-time

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  • Monday to Friday



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  • Company pension
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CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER (Re-advertisement)

*£60,285 - £66,860 (NJC PO10 SCP 54- PO12 SCP 59) 37 hours per week/52 weeks p.a.

**Holidays: 22 + 8 (bank holidays) plus two extra statutory days.

The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) is a world-renowned brand and brings with it an outstanding reputation in the school and arts community.

LIPA Mult Academy Trust is a growing, values-driven multi-academy trust, rich in cultural and social diversity. The Trust is made up of an ‘all through school’ 4-16 and a Sixth Form College, based in Liverpool. The Trust was set up to innovate through adversity and to challenge the conventional boundaries of what is possible for children and students. Motivated and inspired by the success, our ambition goes beyond textbooks and whiteboards, we are proud to work with the children, students and families of Liverpool enshrined by our values of Respect, Inclusion and Creativity.

This role will be based at our offices in Federation House, central Liverpool. You will be joining our growing central team whose sole aim is to ensure that all children and students get the very best support, care and guidance that enables them to achieve their very best.


Our Trust is a place of possibility and we never underestimate the impact inspirational staff can have on the life chances of our children and students. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced finance leader with a proven track record to control the trust’s accounting, develop the Trust’s vision for effective financial management and support the central finance and schools/college teams ensuring compliance with statutory legal and financial regulations in addition to the Trust’s financial policies and procedures.

The main responsibilities of the role will be:

  • To provide leadership and management of all aspects of business and finance, so that the Trust and its schools can run smoothly, effectively and efficiently in the delivery of the core aims.
  • To ensure sound and appropriate financial governance and financial risk management arrangements and actively contribute to the work of the Trust and central executive team.
  • To provide senior financial leadership and play a key role in the raising of standards.
  • To be a role model for others in the quality of their own work.
  • To support the professional development of colleagues.
  • To be responsible for the operational line management of the business and finance function and managing all the financial accounting and transactional finance for the Trust ensuring all systems are up-to-date and reporting is timely and in line with required annual financial returns.
  • To monitor financial performance and have a detailed understanding of the financial performance of the Trust and its schools.
  • To drive change within the finance operation of the Trust bringing greater efficiency in the way the Trust carries out its business.

The successful candidate should be committed to improving the lives of children and students at LIPA Multi Academy Trust.


The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant learning community. The Trust works collaboratively with leaders to ensure our Values are promoted, embodied, and celebrated by all the staff and children.

You will:

  • Be given the opportunity to engage with cross-trust activities that connect children, students and staff to their wider family of schools/peers across the trust.
  • Be provided with a provision of support and training to foster a positive culture of wellbeing for all.

We place a strong emphasis on supporting and encouraging personal development, which includes:

  • A CPD strategy that is designed to support the career aspirations of all staff to help them realise their potential.
  • Access to experienced financial experts who have a strong track record of developing staff.

This is an exciting time to join the trust. We have a well-established outward facing and forward-thinking ethos guided by a vision underpinned by optimism, ambition and oneness.


For further information about this exciting opportunity, or an informal discussion please contact Adrian Pembroke Tallett, Chief Operating Officer by email

For a copy of the job description and personal specification and/or an application form please contact Jamie Sheils (Red Apple Education) by email

To apply for this role please submit your LIPA MAT Application Form to

Only those applicants submitting a LIPA MAT Application Form will be considered. Please note that we do not accept CVs.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

LIPA MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services) Check is required for all successful applicants.

LIPA MAT is committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination, and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are an Equal Opportunities and Living Wage employer.

Please note that as part of the trust’s safer recruitment policy the trust does not consider a satisfactory reference to be a letter simply confirming the employee's role and start and end dates - colloquially referred to as a “tombstone reference.”

* Starting salary
** increases to 25 days after 5 years continuous service.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: £60,285.00-£66,860.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (preferred)


  • Finance: 5 years (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 22/09/2023

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