Appointment Details

Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet

Job Title: Deputy Head (Operations)/Chief Operating Officer

Job Reference:FAWZF

Closing Date: Tuesday 14 Apr 2020

This is the opportunity to play a leading role in one of the country’s leading academic schools; Queen Elizabeth’s Barnet blends a distinctive heritage and proud traditions with an innovative, forward-looking approach to providing a state education like no other to 1,250 boys aged 11-18. The Deputy Head (Operations)/COO is involved in all areas of school life but has overall responsibility for the smooth-functioning and excellence of the School’s support functions. Overseeing matters relating to administration, admissions, estates, finance, health and safety, and legal and regulatory compliance, they are expected to provide inspiring leadership to a diverse range of staff. This is, therefore, an exciting opportunity to play an integral role in developing the School’s vision and for enhancing its operational and physical infrastructure.

The School seeks to appoint an exceptional individual to work alongside the Headmaster, two other Deputy Heads and three Assistant Heads who together comprise the Senior Leadership Team. The successful candidate will possess a proven track record of providing excellent operational delivery across a comparable, diverse portfolio. We are looking for an adept manager with strong commercial acumen and experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams. Candidates will be assessed on their understanding of effective business and financial management, including risk management.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate high levels of personal credibility and experience in implementing a strategic vision. Outstanding communication skills and the personal authority to build strong relationships with pupils, staff, parents, Old Elizabethans and other stakeholders are essential, as is a deep commitment to the School’s aims and ethos. Experience of working in another educational establishment is beneficial, but we welcome applications from across the private, public and third sectors.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Queen Elizabeth’s Barnet on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference FAWZF. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on 14 April 2020.


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