A chance to join CDAT’s Central Team:


Advertisement for a Chief Financial Officer 


Contract Type:  Permanent Contract, starting 1st September 2020

Hours of work:  0.6FTE

Salary: Soulbury Scale (EIP), SCP 13-17 (pro-rata): £50,561 – £55,585

Holidays: 30 days/year (pro-rata) + 8 public holidays          

Job profile: The Chief Financial Officer will provide leadership and management of all aspects of finance, as well as contributing to the strategic direction of the Trust.




The Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) are looking to appoint an outstanding Chief Financial Officer. This is a new, high-profile role within a successful and expanding multi-academy trust. The CFO will be expected to:

  • play an active role in the leadership of the trust, helping to develop and implement strategy and ensuring the trust’s objectives are delivered sustainably and in the public interest;
  • lead the promotion and delivery of good financial management across the trust, ensuring that public money is used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively and securing best value for the trust and its schools;
  • actively support the continued growth and development of the trust, ensuring that the longer-term benefits and risks of business decisions made by the trust are fully considered and fit with the trust’s overall financial strategy;
  • provide effective leadership of the trust’s central Finance Team, support the smooth operation of all the trust’s central functions and ensure that the key financial and reporting responsibilities of an academy are fulfilled.


Our new CFO will be suitably qualified and will have a proven track record of financial management in the public or private sector. Prior experience of working within a multi-academy trust, although useful, is not essential. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, be able to communicate confidently and clearly, and will be both a good team player and a capable leader, willing to make sound strategic decisions in line with the trust’s overall aims and ethos. Working closely with the CEO, they will help to make sure that CDAT makes a positive difference to the lives of its children and their families. This role is initially envisaged to be 0.6FTE; however, this could be extended by negotiation to 0.8FTE for an exceptional candidate.


To apply, please complete the attached application pack and send it to Neil Dixon (CEO):; by noon on Tuesday 16th June. We anticipate that interviews will take place remotely during the following week.


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