CAT Vacancies

CAT Vacancies

Central Trust Payroll and Finance Officer





Cheshire Academies Trust

Job Title

 Payroll & Finance Officer




Kelsall/Work from home

Contract type

 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Salary Band



Grade 6, £21,748 - £24,491

(pay award pending)

Closing date

 12 noon on Monday 15th November 2021

Job starts

As soon as possible           



Cheshire Academies Trust is seeking a Payroll & Finance Officer to join its central team. This is a new role and an exciting opportunity to be part of our growing Multi Academy Trust. There will be opportunities for progression for the right individual and you will be an important part of a successful and driven team.

We are looking for someone who can lead the operation of our in-house payroll function, providing an efficient and accurate payroll service to our academies. You must have an understanding of current legislation in relation to PAYE, pensions and a working knowledge of payroll systems. Other tasks will include monitoring of payroll expenditure against agreed budgets and supplementary finance tasks as directed by our Finance Manager.

We are looking for a confident, experienced professional, who has a self-driven approach to problem solving and high level communication, literacy and numeracy skills. You will have experience as a payroll officer and be AAT (or similar) qualified, part qualified, or be a suitably experienced practitioner.

You will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • work under pressure whilst keeping management appraised of any issues or risks which may impact on the Trust;
  • identify problems and use your own initiative to solve them;
  • look for new approaches to complete procedures and tasks to increase

Whilst you may not have experience of all areas of the role or working in an educational environment, you will have a desire to learn and take advantage of opportunities. You will be able to work within a collaborative management organisations; supporting the Senior Leadership Team with sound financial advice and guidance, whilst taking responsibility for your own area of work.

ease read our job description and person specification closely. If you think you may be the candidate we are looking for and would like further information or an informal discussion please contact our Director of Operations, Luci Jones, via

We can offer:

  • Permanent contract (following successful 6-month probationary period)
  • Annual pay increases on a national pay scale (performance related)
  • Flexible home/office based working (there will be a requirement to be office based for part of each week)
  • 5 weeks’ annual leave (rising to 6 weeks after 5 years’ service) + bank holidays
  • An individualised, funded, training plan
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Annual Flu Jab
  • Cycle to Work Schemea

To apply for this role please complete the application form and email to along with a letter of application (no more than 2 sides A4) detailing your skills, qualifications and experience, aligned to the job description and person specification. We do not accept C.V.’s and will not consider applications submitting a C.V.

CAT Academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This includes a request for references, prior to interview. Shortlisted candidates are expected to provide evidence of qualifications at interview and a satisfactory, enhanced DBS check will be undertaken before final confirmation to the successful candidate.

We warmly welcome applications from every suitably qualified member of our local community. We regret that we are unable to provide feedback on the shortlisting process. If we have not been in touch with you by DATE then, unfortunately, your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Interviews: week beginning

We reserve the right to close advertisements early. Advertisements will therefore close at 12 noon, either on the advertised closing date, or the day the decision has been taken to close the advertisement early.

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Contact Us

01829 752811
Kelsall Primary School, Flat Lane, Kelsall Cheshire