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School Business Manager


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Join Our Team as a School Business Manager

Are you a dynamic professional looking to make a meaningful impact in education? Are you passionate about finance, organization, and creating an environment where students can thrive? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

About Us:

We are a vibrant and innovative day school providing exceptional learning experiences for children and young people from 3-19 with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), many with additional sensory impairments, physical difficulties or challenging behaviour. 

The school has recently been inspected by Ofsted (May 2023) and received a GOOD rating overall.

Nestled in the fast-growing Deepcut/Mindenhurst village, our school is dedicated to fostering inclusivity, empathy and collaboration across the whole school community.

Role overview:

As our School Business Manager, and a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the efficient and effective operation of our school. You will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the school, as well as managing administrative functions to support our educational mission. This includes budgeting, financial planning, procurement, human resources, facilities management, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

The work pattern is 36 hours per week Monday to Friday, term time only plus 2 additional weeks per year (41 weeks).

Key Responsibilities:

- Develop and manage the school's annual budget, working closely with leadership as part of the Senior Leadership Team to allocate resources effectively and measure impact.

- Monitor financial performance and provide regular reports to stakeholders, identifying areas for improvement and cost-saving opportunities.

- Oversee procurement processes, ensuring compliance with procurement policies and seeking opportunities for strategic partnerships.

- Manage human resources functions, including recruitment, onboarding, payroll, and benefits administration.

- Coordinate facilities management, maintenance, and safety protocols to provide a safe and conducive learning environment for students and staff.

- Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and policies, staying abreast of changes and implementing necessary adjustments.


- Relevant degree or professional qualification in finance, business management or related field

- Level 4 diploma in School Business Management (previously known as CSBM or DSBM) or equivalent.

- Proven experience in financial management, budgeting, and accounting, preferably in an educational setting.

- Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate others towards achieving common goals.

- Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities, with a keen attention to detail.

- Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate across departments and engage with diverse stakeholders.

- Knowledge of relevant legal and regulatory frameworks governing educational institutions.

Why Join Us:

- Opportunity to make a meaningful impact in education and contribute to the success of our students.

- Supportive and collaborative work environment where your ideas and contributions are valued.

- Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications.

- Professional development opportunities to enhance your skills and advance your career in education management.

Salary & Benefits

Surrey Pay PS10 (SCC proposed value for 2024/25)

Minimum £45,680 Maximum £49,588 FTE 

pro-rata 41 weeks £41,313 - £44,848

Scale point will be commensurate with qualifications and experience


Portesbery School
Newfoundland Road
GU16 6TA

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Safeguarding statement

Portesbery School is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The offer of this post is subject to the successful completion of an enhanced DBS and pre-employment checks.

Deadline and how to apply

If you are excited about the opportunity to join our team and help shape the future of our school, apply today!

Applications can be completed on our eTeach webpage:

Alternatively you can download and complete an application form (see above) and include a covering letter outlining your qualifications and why you are passionate about this role.
These should be emailed to or posted/hand-delivered to our school address.

We would strongly encourage applicants to visit the school before applying – if you wish to book a visit and meet informally with the current School Business manager, please contact Debbie Attard on 01252 832100. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note that during the Easter break (until 15th April) our school office is closed, so please email if you would like to arrange a visit to the school. 

Closing date: Monday 22nd April at 12:00pm 

Interview date: Tuesday 7th May

Required to start:  Monday 2nd September 2024