BURSAR & CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS
Magdalen College School, founded in 1480, is one of the country’s leading independent day schools.
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Bursar to provide strong strategic, operational and commercial leadership, ensuring the efficient delivery of a range of services in support of the School’s educational aims. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to play a key role in shaping the future of our unique institution.
Details of how to apply are contained herein.
Strategic leadership and management
• To contribute, as a partner with the Master and the Governors, to the overall development and management of the School. The Bursar will play a key role in some significant strategic decisions in the coming years.
• To provide clear leadership to the bursarial and administrative staff ensuring that all team members are supported and challenged to deliver their remits to the highest standards.
• To lead by example and ensure a good working relationship between academic and non-academic staff.
• To develop a robust financial strategy for the School.
• To lead and develop a responsive, forward-looking Bursary team which is able to make a strong contribution to the future success of the School.
• To provide the Master, the Master’s Advisory Committee and the Governing Body with timely and accurate financial information to aid effective decision-making.
• To produce for audit the annual Financial Statements of the School in accordance with relevant legislation (including the Charities Acts 2011 and the Companies Act 2016).
• To develop and maintain robust mechanisms of financial control and to provide appropriate systems for financial planning and reporting.
• To manage relations with external service providers including banks and auditors.
• To develop a commercial strategy for MCS with the Master, seeking new opportunities for diversifying income streams and developing robust systems of business continuity and future planning.
Estate and facilities
• To lead on the development and implementation of the Masterplan and associated major future building projects.
• To ensure that buildings and grounds are maintained to a high standard.
• To provide facilities support including the management of contracts for cleaning and catering.
• To oversee the work of the HR Director in developing HR systems, policies and procedures that meet legislative requirements and best practice, and in managing contracts of employment and career paths of staff.
Service to the Governors
• To act as Clerk to the Board of Governors, providing clear advice on charity governance and compliance matters, and providing support in the regular meetings of the main sub-committees of the Board of Governors: Finance and General Purposes, Education and Estates.
The ideal applicant will have/be in possession of these essential criteria:
• A relevant professional accountancy qualification (ACCA/ACA/CIMA/CIPFA) or equivalent accounting or financial qualification
• A record of successful strategic and operational management experience in another major organisation.
• Demonstrable experience of leading teams including the recruitment, performance management and development of staff.
• Experience of managing support services and/or of major project management.
• Relevant financial management experience at a senior level.
Skills and knowledge
• Highly numerate with first-class analytical skills and the ability to oversee the development of long-term financial plans.
• Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrable ability to relate successfully to people from all backgrounds and at all organisational levels.
• The ability to lead by example, empower others and command respect, both within the immediate school community and in the wider professional arena.
• A proven capacity to take a strategic overview and contribute to the wider development of the School whilst retaining a strong grasp of the operational detail.
• A strong team player with a kind, collegial and adaptable leadership style.
• Significant energy, drive and commitment matched with patience, humanity and flexibility.
• A sympathy with the School as an academic environment and a genuine identification with the MCS ethos.