Chief Executive Officer

  • Full-time
  • Salary range - Competitive
  • Location - Manchester
  • Closing date - November 15, 2018
Job description

This isn’t your average CEO position. You do it through engaging, inspiring, co-operating and changing the lives of young people in our communities who need you most.

Education is not only a way for individuals to achieve their potential, it’s also a way to restore pride in their community. Can you inspire and lead the Co-op Academies Trust through a rapid expansion, guided by a truly co-operative approach?

The Trust is sponsored by the Co-op, the UK’s largest, mutually-owned business, known and respected for ethical leadership and community engagement. The first Co-op Food store opened in Rochdale in 1844 and it wasn’t long before it had a school room and reading room above the shop.

Today, the Trust works across the North of England, including in some of the most challenging communities, because that’s where we can make the biggest difference. We’ve embarked on a rapid expansion, it’s our ambition to sponsor 40 academies in the coming years. As our new CEO, you’ll guide us through this exciting time and improve the future for 40,000 young people. So you will need to provide strategic leadership through a period of considerable change, managing risk effectively and demonstrating strong financial acumen.

Self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity are the co-operative values that motivate us and shape our approach to education. We bring them to life through the way we run our schools, the style of teaching in the classroom and the culture throughout the school community and the Trust in general.

Our aim is to deliver excellent educational outcomes for our students, so we are seeking someone with a track-record of improving attainment and progress, a clear understanding of the current educational landscape, and experience of working closely with key government departments.

We also have access to expertise and resources from the Co-op itself. From vocational learning opportunities and curriculum enrichment to strong governance and financial support for our growth plans, it will be your job to nurture and develop this unique relationship.

Encouraging autonomy and independence is fundamental to our way of thinking, because in education we know that one size does not fit all. This means giving each of our academies the ability to respond to the needs of their own communities, with local understanding and local knowledge. The ability to empower those around you will be key to your success and the success of the Trust.

We believe in fair and equitable remuneration. We will offer a competitive salary to attract the right candidate, within our policy of a maximum salary difference of 1:10 between our lowest and highest paid colleagues.

If you’re a strategic leader and committed educationalist, with experience in an organisation of similar scale and complexity, steeped in the skills and knowledge of school improvement, able to manage risk, recognise the benefits of digital technology and deal with financial complexity, the credibility that’s required to lead a high profile Trust – and believe co-operation can achieve great things, get in touch.