Acquisitions and Development Manager

  • Full time, Temporary - September 2018 - August 2019
  • Salary range - £80k plus benefits
  • Location - 1 Angel Square, Manchester
  • Closing date - May 23, 2018
Job description



Acquisitions and Development Manager

 Job Profile: The Co-op Academies Trust

 Salary: £80k plus benefits

Job Type: Temporary – September 2018 – July 2019 Full Time

Sector: Education/Academies

The Co-op Academies Trust (CAT) is sponsored by the Co-op and is the largest business sponsored academy chain in the country. The Trust has an enviable track record of supporting schools in some of the most economically and socially challenging areas in Manchester, Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent. It currently has many schools/academies wanting to join. Recently, the Co-op agreed to provide £4m to support a growth strategy that will see up to 40 academies in the Trust by 2022. The Acquisitions and Development Manager is required to oversee the due diligence and on-boarding process so that existing school improvement resource can be fully devoted to existing academies. In addition, the post holder will be expected to support and develop new opportunities for the benefit of all academies.

The role includes establishing a staff structure to ensure there is sufficient high quality support for the growth strategy and for leading a standard IT platform across the Trust. In addition, the post holder will be expected to identify any future areas of development that may have benefits for the Trust but also for the wider network of co-operative schools across the country.

Reporting to the Finance and Resources Director and keeping the two Regional Education Directors up to speed with developments, the successful candidate will work with a wide range of key stakeholders including headteachers/Principals, local governing bodies, the Trust’s legal advisers and other Trust personnel. Essential to the role is having a good understanding of legal, HR, finance including PFI contracts, property, governance and pupil/student outcomes within educational settings.

Being able to advise the Director of the Trust and the trust board through timely and well considered advice and guidance on due diligence matters is crucial. The successful candidate will be a genuine co-operator and have evidence of this impacting positively on others.

In line with the Trust’s Safer Recruitment processes, appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

If you are interested in applying for this post please download an application form and return your completed form to Jennica Rama (Trust HR Officer) at before the closing date.


Closing date: 23 May 2018
Shortlisting:  25 May 2018
Interviews: Morning 30 May 2018 at 1 Angel Square, Manchester