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Trainee School Business Managers

The Role

Trainee School Business Managers (3x)
Salary from £28,224 - £36,936 per annum
Fixed Term (2 years)
Full Time (36 hours)

Do you have a degree in business studies, finance, HR, or experience working in a varied office administration or finance role? As a School Business Manager, your role is essential to the successful “behind the scenes” running of the school, including managing important non curriculum school functions such as finance, procurement, purchasing, marketing, HR, and facilities management. Can you help staff to create a nurturing school environment where children can thrive whilst meeting the Council’s safeguarding responsibilities?

About the role:

Training: You will complete a full induction and training programme undertaking the Level 4 School Business Professional qualification, recognised by the Institute of School Business Professionals ( You will have protected time to complete the qualification during your working hours.

Regulatory Compliance: You need to demonstrate a good understanding of the role of local authorities in schools, ensuring strict adherence to safeguarding practices.

Finance: As part of the Schools Financial Services Team, you will have experience of undertaking general accountancy and book-keeping duties with an understanding of transactions and accurate record keeping.

Operations: Reporting to the Senior Management Team, you will ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day operations of school, including procurement, purchasing, marketing, HR and facilities management.

Stakeholder Management: You will have excellent customer service skills and be adept at developing effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels including senior managers. You will be working with and supported by Senior Financial Advisers and other specialist advisers within the Council such as HR, ICT, Procurement Teams, and School Business Managers.

Leadership: Understanding the key factors in the Council’s Equal Opportunities policy, you will lead staff with confidence providing them with the tools to work effectively. You will lead by example with the ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines whilst demonstrating good organisation and administrative skills.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • You lived in the UK for the last 3 years (due to the funding rules for the qualification).
  • You have a relevant degree such as business studies, finance, HR and / or
  • Experience working in a varied office administration or finance role.
  • You are highly motivated, organised, flexible, adaptable and solution focused.
  • Have intermediate level of ICT and communication skills to work with a range of professionals.
  • Ability to travel around the borough of Wandsworth.

The School Business Manager is a rapidly growing occupation, providing opportunities for professional growth and development. If you are ready to take on this challenging yet rewarding role, take the first step in building a highly successful career as a School Business Manager and submit your application addressing the Person Specification of the Job Profile.

Contact details

For an informal discussion about the role please contact


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we try to accommodate flexible working including working from home and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these were options you would like to explore. We offer a generous holiday allowance of 40 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Please note, this is a rolling advert without a closing date. The advert will be open until all vacancies are filled and interviews are scheduled regularly.

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once enough applications have been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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