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Deputy Principal (Finance & Resources) – South Staffordshire College

South Staffordshire College

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Looking for someone who will be happy to challenge the status quo and who looks to bring solutions and strategies on how to innovate the College.

  • Location: Staffordshire
  • Salary: c£100k
FE recruitment for Deputy Principal at South Staffordshire College

About this role

Responsible for:
Director of Finance
Director of MIS & Funding
Director of Estates & Projects
Director of IT

South Staffordshire College is making good progress on its its journey of financial recovery and expects financial health to be rated as satisfactory in the next 12 months due to a robust strategic financial plan.

The CEO & Principal has ambitious plans for the institution having started her career at South Staffordshire College, her heart is in ensuring growth and stability for the organisation, students and local communities. The Board is seeking a Deputy Principal who can play an integral part in the repositioning of the College to where it needs to be and, most importantly, deserves to be. There is a renewed feeling of positivity as the business refocuses and starts to look at new growth opportunities.

There are ambitious investment plans for new facilities that will ensure the campuses are being fully utilised and are future-focused for students, local communities and employers. The College is also focusing on developing digital education to help with innovative curriculum delivery. As Deputy Principal Finance & Resources you’ll take the strategic lead on finance, estates, IT and MIS across all five campuses.

Deputy Principal (Finance & Resources)

With substantial responsibility across the organisation, your experience in leadership will enable you to quickly assess areas requiring immediate improvement, whilst working closely with the CEO & Principal to ensure the College is working in line with the financial improvement strategy. You will be fully supported by the Board to bring about the changes needed to ensure sustainability and growth. This role is highly visible within the business and it is pivotal that you enjoy working closely with the Board and Executive Team to drive the cultural change required.

The CEO & Principal is looking for innovation from her Deputy Principal, someone who will be happy to challenge the status quo and who looks to bring solutions and strategies on how to keep moving forward. Over the last 12 months, the organisation has introduced new ‘staff voice’ initiatives to help everyone understand expectations and provide solutions to shared issues.

You will be a natural communicator who can bring teams together and communicate finance related matters to non-finance staff, ensuring everyone has a clear understanding of budgets and accountability. It is expected you will be a people-focused strategic leader with experience of leading improvements of a similar scale and complexity to those required at South Staffordshire College. You will thrive working in a collaborative environment where you enjoy working cross-college with your colleagues, and you will want to be part of the team that is instrumental in the ongoing turnaround and success of the organisation.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Samantha Bunn | 07399 398905 | samantha@peridotpartners.co.uk

Drew Richardson-Walsh | 07739 364033 | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Dear Candidate,

Claire Boliver South Staffordshire College for Deputy Principal FE recruitment

I am delighted that you are interested in joining South Staffordshire College as our new Deputy Principal Finance and Resources and hope that the information provided here will help you decide if this is the role for you. We are excited and ambitious for the future and want someone to join us who will share this excitement, building on the many successes we have enjoyed in recent years.

I re-joined the College in March 2018 and time has flown by as myself and colleagues have been progressing the many strategic agenda items which will shape our future. South Staffordshire College is at the heart of education in the area and as our new Deputy Principal you’ll be an inspiring leader looking for an opportunity where you can play a pivotal role in helping to deliver success.

I’m looking for someone who really values the importance of teamwork and who’ll quickly become an integral member of our Executive Leadership Team. Our most recent Ofsted inspection graded us as ‘Requires Improvement’ and whilst it goes without saying that this is not where we want to be, it is equally important to highlight how much has been achieved since that inspection. As a team we are determined that the entire College is focused on the key improvements required to deliver a more positive outcome at the next inspection.

This is an opportunity to work closely with me and bring visible and strategic leadership to the finance, estates, ICT and MIS teams, leading them to adapt to the changing, competitive FE sector. Our College never stands still, and we take pride in being highly pro-active and responding quickly to the world around us. We work across multiple sites and communities, and as well as offering a broad range of vocationally based courses we have a nationally recognised specialism in land-based education. We have superb employer relationships and the College is well-placed to maintain our outstanding record of graduate employability.

Our purpose is ‘Transforming the life chances of our communities’ so most important of all is a passion for the transformational power of education and training and a commitment to excellence in all that we do. You’ll be working with dedicated and talented colleagues throughout the College and have the opportunity with us to impact right from the start.

If you’d like to be part of our future success story, then we’d love to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Boliver
Chief Executive & Principal

Work at one of the largest colleges in the West Midlands

South Staffordshire College was created in 2009 as a result of a merger between Cannock Chase Technical College, Rodbaston College and Tamworth and Lichfield College.

It now operates over five sites in Lichfield, Rodbaston (Penkridge), Cannock and two campuses in Tamworth. The Cannock campus was closed in July 2017 but re-opened as the Skills and Innovation Hub in August 2018, and we have recently secured £1m of funding to open a state of the art engineering facility which opens in April 2019 with an additional £500k investment due later in 2019.

The College has a turnover of c£25m, employs 600 dedicated professional staff who educate, train and inspire 6000 students.

South Staffordshire College is one of the largest colleges in the West Midlands with courses to suit every learning style and helps to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills. The College offers full-time and part-time courses, apprenticeships and university level courses all designed to enhance the skills of the local community needs.

The five campuses the College occupies range from Rodbaston Hall, a beautiful 19th century mansion set in 180-hectare country estate which has a large land-based curriculum, through to creative industries at Lichfield, construction and engineering at Tamworth and a Skills and Innovation Hub which will house our state of the art engineering facility.

Transform the life chances of their communities

South Staffordshire College students for Deputy Principal

At South Staffordshire College we work together to raise aspirations and success through excellence in all that we do whilst striving to achieve the best sustainable practices.

Our purpose is:

‘Transforming the life chances of our communities’

We focus on four Core Values:

Togetherness – Working together to provide an outstanding experience for our learners, employers and communities.
Standards – High performance to enhance life chances and success of learners, communities and employers.
Sustainability – A beacon for sustainable development, educate, inspire and enhance quality of life.
Customer Care – Exceed the expectations of all by providing creative leadership, inclusivity and respect for people and their future.

South Staffordshire College is looking for an exceptional Deputy Principal Finance & Resources who can continue to drive forward the Colleges progress towards financial recovery and organisational improvement. This is an exciting opportunity where you will be able to make your mark in the repositioning of the College which will include significant input on financial strategy and modelling, financial recovery and investment alongside continued financial health improvement, with a view to achieve a satisfactory grade in the coming 12 months.

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Samantha Bunn on 07399 398905 or samantha@peridotpartners.co.uk or Drew Richardson-Walsh on 07739 364033 or drew@peridotpartners.co.uk.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please use the subject: “Deputy Principal, South Staffordshire College” and send your documents to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk.

South Staffordshire College is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact Peridot Partners in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required with regard to the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 31st May 2019
Preliminary interviews: Wednesday 5th June
Final stage interviews: Tuesday 25th June

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