School Business Manager

Job Description

School Business Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our organisation.  This is a key senior leadership role which involves working closely with the headteacher and governors, playing a significant role in ensuring the smooth running of all non-teaching functions. The post provides a tremendous opportunity for someone seeking a new challenging and rewarding role.

The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for effective and efficient finance, personnel, administrative, premises and health and safety leadership and management.

The post is for 30 hours per week, 42 weeks per year, to start in September 2024.

Our large Maintained Nursery School is based on two sites, both with wonderful outdoor spaces.  We are also the Lead Provider for Families First Guildford (family centre and Early Help services) for the borough of Guildford with a site on Park Barn.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Positive and approachable, able to form positive relationships with staff, governors and other stakeholders
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal, leadership and time management skills
  • Able to demonstrate excellent strategic/ organisational/ administrative/ project management and ICT skills
  • Reliable, motivated, flexible and adaptable, able to work with the changing needs of the school and Families First Guildford
  • Keen to make real impact
  • Qualified to degree level or holds a professional qualification in finance or business management


We can offer:

  • The opportunity to further develop your leadership skills
  • A positive, friendly and supportive team of staff and governors
  • A community of learners
  • Great resources and facilities including beautiful gardens
  • Excellent professional development opportunities


Please return completed application forms to:


Starting salary: £43,923 FTE

Actual Salary: £33,911 (based on 30 hours per week)

Salary scale: £43,923 – £47,681


Visits are encouraged for all serious candidates. To make an appointment please call the headteacher, Sally Cave on 01483 566589.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check and references.


We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Closing date: 8:00am on Monday 29 April 2024

Shortlisting: 29 April 2024

Assessments: 2-8 May 2024

Interviews: 20 May 2024