Director of Finance and Operations

Kensington Prep School is an award-winning, independent school for girls ages 4-11.  The school was the first in the Girls’ Day School Trust family, established in 1873 (the GDST network now comprises 25 schools). We have been a pioneering force for women’s education ever since. Staff are inspired and supported in a highly professional environment, led by a friendly leadership team.  We are regarded as one of the top prep schools in London and the country. We have a proud tradition combined with innovative teaching. Our girls achieve outstanding results and go on to some of the best day and boarding schools in London and the country.

We are seeking a passionate and inspiring Director of Finance & Operations (DFO), to play an integral part in not only the Senior Leadership Team, but also the staff and the wider community. Reporting to the Head, you will play an integral role in long-term strategic development and planning of the whole schools as well as leading the entire operations of the school across HR, Finance, Estates, IT and Catering and Housekeeping. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong commercial acumen, with a relevant qualification and membership within (Finance, Property or Human Resources) and have a commitment to making a difference. The ability to build relationships and credibility with senior stakeholders is key, as is the capability to support multiple teams. You will be a self-starter who is able to adapt and guide stakeholders in a confident and timely manner, with a commitment to EDI and the ability to promote best practice at work.  

You will be an exceptional leader, who will be a role model for the support team, who has the credibility and confidence to liaise with the academic staff, parents, pupils and Trust level alike. An approachable and flexible manner is essential, as you will be expected to play an integral role in the day to day school. 

For a confidential discussion, please contact our retained advisor Melanie Pye .

Closing date for applications:        Sunday 12th November 2023
1st stage interviews:                      w/c 27th November 2023

Kensington Prep School, a member of GDST, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils and expects all employees to share this commitment. All employees must be willing to undergo child protection training and screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The school strives to be an inclusive workplace and value diversity in our team. Applications from minority ethnic colleagues and from majority ethnic colleagues who share our commitment to race equality in the education workforce are welcomed.

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