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School Operations Manager

Reference: b36fa32e-29a3-4b6e-9ff2-04569ae2c528
Employer: Academies Enterprise Trust
Location: Bexleyheath
Job Type: Permanent
Contract Type: Permanent

Job Details:

NJC 35 – 37 £46,041 – £48,060 (Actual Salary) + AET Wellbeing Cash Plan + Car Scheme + Pension Scheme (LGPS) + Additional AET Benefits

Permanent, Full Time

37 hours, 52 weeks

September 2024 Start Date

Are you passionate about ensuring the smooth and effective operation of a dynamic educational institution?

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same?

Bexleyheath Academy is seeking a dedicated and experienced School Operations Manager to join our team and play a pivotal role in enabling our school to deliver a first class education to its students.

As the School Operations Manager, you will be the linchpin of operational stability, ensuring a seamless process between the school and the central/regional team. Reporting directly to the Principal, you will oversee all operational activities within the school, ranging from estates management to HR coordination, finance management, IT support, health and safety compliance, and more.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with central/regional teams on operational matters and manage school-specific operations.
  • Line manage School Facilities Managers and coordinate estates projects.
  • Support HR coordination, including recruitment, induction, and performance management.
  • Manage finance processes, including orders, invoices, cash, and credit card transactions.
  • Act as the main point of contact for IT support and digital partnership meetings.
  • Coordinate catering and cleaning services to uphold standards.
  • Implement and manage health and safety policies, GDPR compliance, and data protection.
  • Line manage administrative staff and oversee school events, communications, and marketing initiatives.
  • Manage logistics for communications to parents and external stakeholders.


  • GCSE (good pass) or equivalent in Maths and English.
  • Previous operational background with administrative, numeracy, and IT skills.
  • Experience in an educational environment is desirable.
  • Strong organisational, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to operate in line with the school’s values of bravery, discovery, pushing limits, and being big-hearted.

Bexleyheath Academy is proud to be a non-selective school in the grammar heartland of Kent. Bexleyheath Academy is quickly approaching capacity with students; in order to accommodate the demands of the local community and grow our skilled staff, we must expand. Joining a flourishing school at this time is an amazing opportunity!

With immediate train access to Central London and easy access to the Kent countryside, Bexleyheath has the best of both worlds. Despite having a Kent postcode, Bexleyheath is classified as Greater London due to its strategic location between Welling, Sidcup, and Bexley village. You can reach Dartford for the river crossing with a short drive along the A2.

Its thriving hub is The Broadway – a shopping district with added appeal in the shape of a bowling alley, cinema and a growing number of restaurants. A little beyond Bexleyheath and you’re at Bluewater, Ashford for the designer outlet and international rail travel to Europe.

Should you wish to visit us in person then our doors are open to you at any time on any day. Please contact the Principals PA

The role is due to commence September 2024.

Closing date: Friday 31st May

Interview date: TBC

Interviews are scheduled to take place as soon as possible after the closing date.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.

Academies Enterprise Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a robust, fair and consistent recruitment process which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Academies Enterprise Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. Job share, part time and flexible working opportunities will be considered.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and there is a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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