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Job Role: Chief Operating Officer

Overall purpose of the post:

To provide strategic leadership and hold accountability for the operations functions of the National Institute of Teaching in order to:

  • Provide exceptional support to the Trust Board, CEO and Senior Leadership Team, allowing them to deliver the programme, academic and research aspects of the Institute;
  • Lead and develop the operations departments of finance, IT, HR , contract management and the registrar & QA function;
  • Conduct strategic financial planning to support the decision making of the Board and Senior Leadership Team;
  • Build leadership capacity at all levels.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Building and leading an effective and cohesive operations team;
  • Working with the Chief Executive and SLT to create appropriate short, medium and long term strategy;
  • Communicating and implementing these strategies across the operations functions and wider staff of the organisation;
  • Creating and co-ordinating annual financial and operational plans to include appropriate targets for heads of operations functions;
  • Reporting regularly to the Chief Executive and the Board on the progress of the organisation against financial, strategic and operational plans;
  • Managing the senior team who currently have responsibility for the following: finance, human resources, health and safety, site management, IT, registry & quality assurance and contract management;
  • Providing leadership to the Board on finance and accounting strategy to optimise the NIoT’s financial performance and strategic position;
  • Developing and overseeing the quality of management information, budgeting and forecasting processes;
  • Liaising with the Institute’s legal partners to ensure legal compliance to relevant company and charity legislation;
  • Ensuring the continued evolution of sound information systems to enable the Board, CEO and Executive team to make measured strategic and operational decisions;
  • Establish a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including the ESFA, HMRC, the DfE and external auditors;
  • Ensuring that the NIoT makes effective use of technical innovation in achieving its strategic and operating plans;
  • Ensuring the operations structures, systems and processes are appropriate to ensure long and short term plans will be achieved;
  • Liaising and negotiating with third parties over the maintenance and development of service level agreements and contracts for the delivery of some aspects of advice and support to the organisation and reporting these to the Chief Executive and Board accordingly;
  • Implementing best practice in recruiting, developing, managing and supervising staff;
  • Working with the Board to continue the development of outstanding governance policies and practices;
  • Acting in the capacity of Company Secretary to the Board and other companies and charities operated by the Board;
  • To represent the Board or Chief Executive Officer to regulatory authorities, the media, stakeholders and the public as required;
  • Having due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, children and young people and to follow the safeguarding procedures;
  • Demonstrating an active commitment to their own professional development.

Your team

There will be five main teams in the functions that this role will be accountable for

  • Finance team
  • HR team
  • IT team
  • Registrar & Quality Assurance team
  • Contract Management

What we are looking for

Knowledge & Experience
Relevant managerial and professional experience in a related area at a senior level
A successful record of working within a changing environment and a commitment to the delivery of best value services
A sound knowledge or experience of relevant legislation and regulatory environment
An innovative leader with a vision for strategic financial leadership
Knowledge of experience of the charity sector would be advantageous
A degree and/or professional qualification relevant to the post and/or equivalent learning through professional experience
Ability to demonstrate a business focus and commercially minded approach
Ability to win support for new ideas and concepts through effective advocacy skills
A strong understanding of ICT and its potential for the effectiveness of the organisation
A proven ability to successfully manage resources effectively
The ability to translate a visionary/innovative concept into a practical implementation plan
Personal Qualities
A commitment to the aims of the National Institute of Teaching, with a focus on improving schools and communities to raise standards for children;
A commercially astute, articulate, technically strong, dynamic, insightful and influential leader with the ability to operate at a strategic level
A team player with excellent communication skills and robust and focused approach to the delivery of key strategic imperatives
Highly motivated, with an inquiring mind and a passion for excellence and innovation in pursuit of success
High integrity and openness combined with commitment to good governance
A mature and balanced approach to the assessment and management of risk
An ability to use the full range of leadership skills and qualities, including emotional intelligence, as appropriate to the situation
Someone who is resilient and determined but can also provide support, demonstrate empathy and deal with staff and situations in a sensitive and considerate manner

Personal Contacts

External: Department for Education at all levels, key decision makers across the sector including CEOs, contractors, ESFA, HMRC

Internal: Fellow Executive members, Campus Principals, Board of Directors

Working at the National Institute of Teaching

Location: Flexible
Contract: Permanent
Salary:  £80,000

Key benefits available to all Institute of Teaching staff:

  • Flexible start and end working times (core hours between 10am and 4pm);
  • Flexible working opportunities;
  • 27 days’ holiday a year (plus 8 bank holidays).

Diversity and inclusion

The National Institute of Teaching is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive equal consideration for employment. We are committed to fair and inclusive recruitment practices and are open to job shares, secondments, part-time, and flexible working schedules.

Things to know

  • All National Institute of Teaching staff are subject to a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  The level of check which will apply shall be an “Enhanced” level check.
  • We regret that we are currently unable to sponsor visas.

How to apply

Key Dates

  • Closing date: 21 August 2022
  • Shortlisting: w/c 22 August 2022
  • First round interviews: w/c 29 August 2022
  • Final interviews: w/c 5 and 11 September 2022

We reserve the right to change the closing date depending on the number of responses received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure that it is considered in the selection.

If you have a disability and can demonstrate that closing this post early would impact on your ability to submit an application in time, please contact our Human Resources team to request arrangement for an application to be submitted within the original time-frame.

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