Education

Education is changing, whether we can learn to like it or not.

With the recent divestment from Cental and Local Government, Learning Institutions, Association Bodies, Professional Development  & Training Organsiations are having to quickly become independent business units with a global reach.

Increasingly, these entities are turning to Green Park to help them overcome the growing pains of any successful business, whether it be an HR redesign to keep them up to speed with the growing size of their organisation or simply more hands on deck to oversee the crucial tender process for a major government contract. Then once it's one, the right executives to help deliver it.

Green Park is an award winning supplier of Interim Management and Executive Search services and has worked with most major organisations across both public and private sectors since our inception. 

We deliver across all functions, but the majority of executive search mandates and interim management assignments that we we execute for our Education clients are in the following areas:

Track Record

Interim Director of Finance
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
DN6075
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 - £600 + VAT per day
Duration:
12 Months, 2-3 days per week

Our client a leading school Academy are looking to hire an interim Director of Finance for a period of 12 months.

The role will be to work closely with the Principal to build a new business plan for the organisations future and set a strategic direction of travel for the school. The role will also include mentoring and advising the school Business Manager while ensuring that financial management systems are sound, robust, transparent and compliant with all relevant regulatory frameworks. The role will also include advising the board and Senior Leadership Team on improvements to the financial management systems, take a clear view of the overall financial performance of the organisation and building capacity within the organisation to develop a more strategic approach to matters of finance and property.

Applicants must be a qualified CCAB accountant, have experience at FD level within more than one medium sized organisations or charities while preference will be given to candidates that have prior understanding of education finance, particularly an understanding of the High Needs Block funding model.

Interim School IT Transformation Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
BBBH5159
Location:
West Europe
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client a leading independent High School situated on the south coast is looking to hire an Interim IT Transformation Manager for at least 6 month to run a diagnostic and advise on a full IT overhaul. It is apparent that in recent years there has been a lack of investment in IT capability, an escalating number of system issues so there is now a pressing need to introduce robust systems and risk management protocols.
The Interim Manager
The interim will be required to carry out a comprehensive spending review and risk analysis of the schools current Infrastructure, security and technical support capability. They will also be required to then develop a project plan with costings, timelines and required resources to address the immediate system risks while also develop a 5 year strategy and structure for the future shape of the school’s IT services.
The Interim Assignment
Applicants must have demonstrable experience of a full IT overhaul within an educational institution with particular preference given to those that have worked in a school environment. Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong technical knowledge covering networking, infrastructure, systems administration and technical support while they also must be prepared to be DBS checked.

Chief Executive/Principal Barnsley College
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
Barnsley
Location:
Yorkshire
Salary:
Highly attractive package
Duration:
Permanent

Barnsley College prides itself on providing, inspiring and life changing education within a vibrant, multicultural learning environment.  One of the UK’s highest performing colleges with over 800 staff and 9,500 learners, we are renowned for the breadth and quality of our curriculum.  In everything we do, we seek to be an exceptional and responsive college, working closely with individuals, businesses and communities. 

We are now seeking an exceptional leader with the ability to build on our current success and help deliver our vision to become a truly world class, diverse vocational education organisation.  

Reporting to our Board of Governors, this position is pivotal to the success of the College and will require Board level experience.  You must be able to demonstrate a proven, successful track record of leadership in a customer-focused organisation, possessed of the ability to inspire your team and influence a wide range of inter-related, interdependent stakeholders.  You will also have experience of running a P&L, with a track record of identifying and prioritising sustainable growth opportunities, and bring a genuine experience in leading and developing a large scale complex organisation.

An inspirational leader, you will have a reputation for leading and embedding organisational structural and cultural change and controlling sizeable resources in ways which deliver maximum impact and value for money.  Whilst prior experience of Further Education and skills policy is not essential, you will need to be able to show evidence of quickly grasping the issues and challenges facing the sector.

For more information about the role or selection process, please visit our microsite www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/barnsley

For a confidential discussion please contact our advisor Roger Russell at Green Park on roger.russell@green-park.co.uk , or on 0207 399 4304.  The closing date for applications is noon on 25th May 2015.

Interim Head of Strategic Communications
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
DN4952
Location:
London
Salary:
£450 - £550 Per Day
Duration:
3 - 6 months

The Client
Our client a leading not for profit organisation are looking to appoint an interim Head of Strategic Communications to join their fast-paced team based in London.

The Interim Manager/ Assignment
The successful applicant will be tasked with embedding a newly agreed communications strategy ensuring new Senior Leadership Team priorities and building and developing a newly shaped communications team of 5. They will also be tasked with finalising stakeholder plans and ensuring the first CEO led meeting takes place with a positive impact while the organisation is looking to a new model of outsourced work.

Applicants must have had experience of devising communications plans to support new products and services while a familiarity within the education sector and training sector would be incredibly advantageous. Equally experience of working on a commissioning body would be beneficial.

 

Director of Education
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
KA14785
Location:
London
Salary:
Attractive

The Client
Our client is a large Multi Academy Trust.

The Role 
The Trust requires a Director of Education to join its executive team. The Director of Education will lead rapid improvement across its academies which are spread across a large geographical area across England. The Director of Education will be a driving force in ensuring educational transformation is delivered through the system leader framework. The individual will be responsible for creating an ethos of high expectations for all students and staff, deploying effective support and challenge where needed, making sure best practice is shared and replicated, creating consistency across the network, developing a sustainable and high quality team of System Leaders.

The Person
It is essential that the individual has experience as a head teacher or in leading a group of headteachers. You will need to have a proven track record of delivering educational improvement in challenging circumstances.

How to Apply
1. For further details on the role, including how to apply please contact Jaimi Keemer on 020 7399 3993 or jaimi.keemer@green-park.co.uk

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2. Register / login to our site and apply below.

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
IB14721
Location:
London
Salary:
Competitive + Bonus + LTIP + Benefits

The Client
Our client is a global provider of examination and training in the financial services sector. Their business is split into four divisions: Professional Qualifications, Tailored Learning, Open Courses and Learning Solutions. They are now 200 strong, with more than 70 tutors and a wealth of infrastructure support, based in training centres in London, New York, Singapore and Dubai.

The Role
As Chief Operating Officer, you will be responsible for all operations and delivery. This senior leadership role includes global operations across the areas of Project Management, Planning, Programme Management, Client Services, and IT. Reporting to the CEO, this role will ensure our client’s operational platform aligns closely with the commercial requirements of the business and continues to delivery best practice approaches to both internal and external clients. This role will be a member of the senior management team. Role accountabilities will include:

  • Operations and People Management
  • Operational IT
  • Change, Process and Project Management

The Person
Required skills / knowledge / experience:

  • At least 10 + years of results-driven operational experience, in a senior and varied operations management role within a people led business.
  • Degree qualified essential, ideally with a post graduate qualification
  • Ability to plan, oversee and implement internal company operations
  • Ability to provide strategic leadership in managing technology and operational functions
  • Excellent internal and external stakeholder management, including experience of dealing with financial or corporate clients
  • Takes accountability in a performance-oriented culture to drive high performance from individuals
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability build recommendations from existing data and execute action plans

Required characteristics:

  • Highly motivated and thrives in a global operational setting
  • Committed, confident and delivery focused in a structured approach getting all stakeholders on board
  • Not afraid of challenges and always looking for continuous improvement to avoid operational inefficiencies
  • Has gravitas and displays behaviours of a leader

How to Apply
1.  Send an updated CV to Alina Mihaileanu on alina.mihaileanu@green-park.co.uk for more information. 

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2. Register / login to our site and apply below.

Interim Primary Transformation Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
DN14801
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 per day
Duration:
3 - 5 months

The Client 
Our client, are looking to appoint an interim to act as a Primary Education Transformation Lead.

The Assignment
The Interim Primary Transformation Lead will be required to look at curriculum development, inspection changes and develop a transformation strategy for struggling schools while leading on the development and implementation of a cross phase literacy strategy. As part of this the interim will also have to ensure each school has a fit for purpose action/ improvement plan, will have to performance manage a number of primary principles, ensure the primary institutions are fit for inspection and conduct annual baseline assessment visits.

The Interim Manager
The successful Interim Primary Transformation Lead will be leading on all aspects of primary transformation and so must have experience as a primary head teacher or senior leader that has rapidly raised levels of attainment. Applicants must also have up to date experience of OFSTED inspections, experience of monitoring the quality of education provision and an in depth understanding of school improvement strategies. The Interim would also need to demonstrate managing and leading a team alongside the ability to develop strategies with the school leaders.

Interim IT Project Manager - Central Government / Public Sector
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NC14515
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 - £550 per day + expenses
Duration:
6 months

The Client

Our client is a Central Government department in London.

The Interim Assignment

The Interim IT Project Manager role is an IT business change project and will involve ensuring the successful migration of data and functionality of the new system build. You will be required to engage with key stakeholders to determine requirements, specifications, functional and technical designs and testing requirements. This may also involve managing the transfer of suppliers and therefore ensuring that effective governance mechanisms are established for the transfer.

You must work effectively with suppliers as you will be accountable for ensuring suppliers deliver according to the project objectives. You will need to ensure the individual team members have clearly understood objectives and will manage these individuals according to these objectives identifying and resolves risks or issues threatening the successful delivery of the project. You must ensure the projects adhere to OCG Gateway requirements and you will be expected to communicate plans and progress with the senior leadership team and governing bodies.

The Interim Manager

The successful Interim IT Project Manager will have experience of managing IT business change projects within the public sector and of producing clear and concise project documentation to support an ICT business change. Additionally you will have experience in carrying out UAT and data transfer, information management systems and contract supplier management. This will be supported by a sound understanding of project management best practice; formal PM qualifications such as Prince 2 or ITIL would be extremely advantageous.

Interim Project Manager - Onboarding and Teacher Community
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JS14349
Location:
London
Salary:
Competitive day rate
Duration:
Up to 6 months

The Client

Our client is a global educational publishing business.

The Interim Assignment

An Interim Project Manager is required to join the institutional line of the business. This role will focus on running a number of initiatives designed to put stakeholders at the centre of everything they do and provide the services, community and support around the products to ensure success in and out of the classroom. This role will help deliver these initiatives, managing an incremental rollout of our improved customer onboarding initiatives and ensuring all necessary procedures and planning is out in place to ensure success. Key responsibilities: • Overall project management of complex and multi-team technical, content and support development projects, to deliver products and services on time and to budget. Lead planning in order to build schedules, risk registers, resource requirements, etc. • Provide status reporting to project sponsor and stakeholders • Coordinate between business departments as necessary • Actively manage risks and issues to avoid or mitigate threats, exploit opportunities, and increase the chance of project success • Work closely with Product Owner, Business Analyst, and other stakeholders to ensure complete sets of requirements are gathered, and optimal solutions are agreed • Coordinate with businesses and external QA teams to ensure timely testing of technical solutions • Manage any proposed changes in scope, schedule, or budget, documenting and communicating the impact according to agree change control process • Work closely with scrum masters for individual project teams to ensure priorities are clear, risks are flagged and downstream dependencies are identified and tracked. • Flag serious risks or issues in the project to stakeholders, Head of Development and Head of Learning Technology.

The Interim Manager The ideal candidate will have: • Strong demonstrated project management experience using an Agile methodology. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal and influencing skills. • A proven ability to work with on-shore, near-shore and off-shore teams • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills: the ability to work equally well with less technical business owners/stakeholders and technical development teams, and to manage effectively in a matrix structure. • Excellent planning, scheduling and budget management experience

Interim Agile Project Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JS14349
Location:
London
Salary:
Competitive day rate
Duration:
Up to 6 months

The client

Our client is a global educational publishing business.

The interim assignment

Our client requires an Interim Agile Project Manager to manage the development of an internal platform ensuring all necessary procedures and planning are put in place to achieve the yearly predefined goals as outlined by the business. This position will also be responsible for managing the delivery and process of the final phases of digital content publication to agreed schedule and quality requirements. There is significant scope for the right candidate to expand on the remit of the role as the business increases the scope of their product set over the coming months. Key responsibilities include:

  • Overall project management of complex and multi-team technical and content development projects, to deliver products and services on time and to budget.
  • Lead planning in order to build schedules, risk registers, resource requirements etc.
  • Provide status reporting to project sponsor and stakeholders
  • Coordinate between business departments as necessary
  • Actively manage risks and issues to avoid or mitigate threats, exploit opportunities, and increase the chance of project success
  • Manage any proposed changes in scope, schedule, or budget, documenting and communicating the impact according to agree change control process
  • Work closely with scrum masters for individual project teams to ensure priorities are clear, risks are flagged and downstream dependencies are identified and tracked.
  • Flag serious risks or issues in the project to stakeholders

The interim manager

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong demonstrated project management experience using an Agile methodology.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • A proven ability to work with on-shore, near-shore and off-shore teams
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills: the ability to work equally well with less technical business owners/stakeholders and technical development teams, and to manage effectively in a matrix structure. 
  • Excellent planning, scheduling and budget management experience