Group Operations - Process Development & Transformation

We have an exciting opportunity for a senior executive to join our successful and growing International Schools Group, as Group Operations Manager

This is an outstanding opportunity to join us at an exciting stage of our development and support our continued growth. It would suit an experienced senior leader with extensive experience in a variety of International school settings.

As Spain and Mexico are priority regions for the Group, it is a core requirement that all applicants have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English and Spanish (B2/C1). Candidates unable to demonstrate English and Spanish Language competence to this level will be rejected.

About the Role

The role will be responsible for developing and aligning all school-based support functions across the group. These being all non-academic roles which are under the leadership of the Business Manager or Finance and Administration Manager at each of our schools (finance, IT, premises, HR, facilities management, health and safety, legal).

The postholder will work closely with all Group functional leaders (e.g. Financial Controller, Group Head of IT, Group Head of HR, Regional Head of Schools, etc) with key focus around process development and transformation projects - Setting high standards and embedding robust processes across all Group schools. You may also be required to act in school-based Business Manager roles at schools within the group for a temporary period.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious, forward thinking, innovative practitioner, with senior level experience, excellent knowledge, and passion for education.

Prior experience working in a bilingual environment / within bilingual education would be a distinct advantage.

You should be used to being accountable for outcomes and meeting financial targets, with a proven ability to lead and inspire teams. You should be able to work collaboratively, be an adept problem solver, and have the confidence to take responsibility and communicate effectively. Commercial knowledge gained in education, or a for-profit business is also desirable.

Working for the Orbital Group is an exciting and interesting opportunity. The role requires regular attendance at the UK Head Office in Cheadle Hulme, Manchester, and significant and regular overseas travel. A flexible approach to home / office working is available when not travelling overseas.

About the Group

Orbital Education is a group of Internationally acclaimed schools, focused upon delivering outstanding education to a large and diverse student population.

We educate over 5,000 young people from 114 nationalities, providing them with skills and qualifications to access high quality universities. Our schools are spread globally from Latin America, through Europe and the Middle East to Asia, with exciting plans to develop new schools across the world.

Why join us?

You will be joining a strong, experienced, and award-winning team, with specialist expertise across key areas of school management and business support. Working closely with your colleagues and the Board of Directors you will be provided with significant opportunity to share and develop your expertise.

Key reasons to join include:

  • Becoming part of a global community, collaborating with influential individuals and leaders worldwide, who have a wide range of expertise in both the international school market and business operations.
  • Travel opportunities to engage with colleagues, business contacts, and networks of influential leaders across the globe.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and continuous improvement in practice.

In recent years, the Orbital Group has received several business accolades recognising our success, experience, growth, and development: In recent years the Group has been included in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list of Britain’s Fastest growing companies across international markets; we have also been recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain for two year running; and honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

How to apply

Interested candidates should download and read the role profile and person specification.

Applications should include your up-to-date CV, a recent head and shoulders colour photograph, and details of two referees, including your most recent employer.

In a covering letter, applicants should highlight how their experience, knowledge, and skills match those of the ideal candidate as set out above and within the role profile. In your application please also detail your availability, and when you would be available to start.

Applications should be submitted to:

We encourage early applications to avoid disappointment, as interviews will take place on a rolling basis and the application process may close once the right candidate is found.

Should you require any additional information, or clarification in respect of any aspect of this advertisement and/or the position, please contact Andy Edgar (Group Head of HR) on +44 (0)161 250 1755

Orbital Education is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS (in the UK) or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country(ies) of residence.

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  • Start Date 1st September, 2023
  • Contract Date Full Time
  • Contract Term Permanent
  • Closes 1st September, 2023
International Track 200 Company

Sunday Times

Queens Award for Enterpise: International Trade

1,000 companies to inspire Britain

London Stock Exchange