Job Title: Head of IT
Location: London, Leicester or South-West (travel to other sites required)
Contract Type: Full-time
Salary: Grade MG2-3, £56,418 – £66,932 per annum (depending on experience)
Closing Date: rolling advert, the below schedule outlines when the first round of shortlisting will take place:

  • 23rd December – first round of shortlisting taking place
  • 24th December – Interview notifications will be sent
  • 4th January – Interviews to take place over MS Teams
  • 11th January – second round of shortlisting (if required)
Job Description

This is an exciting time to join us!

As the Head of IT you will be responsible for continuing the development of our in-house IT Team. Developing, building and implementing the IT infrastructure as well as the ongoing development of the IT service across the MAT and schools to help shape their future direction. In 2020-21 the IT team delivered two large new school projects and managed the BAU requirements of 10 schools across the Trust.

You will have a strong track record of success in managing and developing IT services preferably within an Education setting but more importantly have a significant understanding of the use of technology within schools and the wider organisation.

You will be responsible for ensuring that the overall IT infrastructure for the organisation is up and running at all times. You will lead the development of the IT strategy for the MAT and schools and manage the implementation of the IT Service which is being centralised and brought in-house. Directing and overseeing the Head of IT and team of Technical Engineers, you will also oversee the IT budget and work closely with a wide range of stakeholders across the organisation to continuously improve and develop the IT infrastructure, systems, network and security.

You will be responsible for ensuring that IT robustly supports the organisation so to be able to operate efficiently and effectively. You will be required to lead, manage and mentor the internal IT team whilst providing strategic and high-level technical expertise to the organisation. You must be a strong leader and manager, minimising downtime to ensure that technology is used to maximum effect.

What will you do?

  • To engage with senior leaders across the MAT to define how technology will underpin the performance of the organisation.
  • To develop, implement, support and promote an effective governance structure for the IT Service, ensuring IT across the Trust is well managed and meets the Trust’s operational and strategic objectives.
  • To manage and develop strategies to manage risk in relation to ICT compliance for the Trust, taking account of statutory requirements.
  • To provide expertise and specialist IT and digital advice to senior leaders on policy and strategy, and the implications for service delivery.
  • To develop a specification framework for the Trust on the purchasing and deployment of IT equipment to ensure users have the appropriate technological devices required to deliver within their role.
  • Manage the ICT resources of the Trust and its network.
  • Develop the Trust ICT strategy.
  • Providing technical advice, training and assistance in ICT related matters to staff and pupils.
  • The line management of all ICT staff, where applicable, including their induction, training and performance management.

For a more comprehensive list of the job responsibilities, please download the Job Description.

What are we looking for?

  • A Degree, appropriate professional qualification or equivalent
  • An ITil Qualification – Expert certification
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • IT project management experience
  • A deep understanding of contemporary software licensing arrangements
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

Please see the Job Description for more information on the essential criteria and skills required for the role.

Why should you apply?

You will be working in a fantastic environment. Avanti exists to help each person become a well-rounded human being through intellectual, moral and spiritual growth, and so make the world a better place.

  • You’ll be entitled to 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Development opportunities
Further information

Pre-employment checks
Avanti Services Limited is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates are required to have an Enhanced DBS check unless internally appointed and still within the cycle of DBS re-checks.
Any appointment subsequently made will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and other pre-employment checks.

Diversity and Inclusion
We want to make sure we are attracting the widest possible range of people and ensure that they are accepted, understood and treated equally when they work here. This means we will work hard to understand that each employee is unique and ensuring that individuals or groups are not treated differently or less favourably on the basis of specific characteristics.
Such characteristics include (but are not limited to) age, disability, gender including transgender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, and how the school supports pregnant women and new parents.

How to apply

Application forms and GDPR forms must be submitted to [email protected] once fully completed. The successful candidate will be required to sign the application declaration on appointment.

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