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Director – Business Operations and Development

Salary: HAY Level 6 (£74,763 - £83,071) fully inclusive

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Director – Business Operations and Development
Salary: HAY Level 6 (£74,763 - £83,071) fully inclusive
Full time - 32.5 hours per week
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BELS, 2 Bristol Avenue London, NW9 4EW
Barnet, London
£74,763 - £83,071 per annum
Salary period
07/07/2022 12:00

Barnet Education & Learning Service (BELS) is the employer. 

BELS is a local authority controlled company which is responsible for providing the Council's Education & Skills service to Barnet schools.

Director – Business Operations and Development

Full-time and permanent position
Salary: HAY Level 6 (£74,763 - £83,071 per annum fully inclusive)
Full Time (although 0.8 or 0.6 could be accommodated)
Start Date: Ideally September 2022 but negotiable

Barnet Education and Learning Service (BELS) has been very successful since its formation in September 2020 in giving quality support, monitoring and challenge to all the schools and settings in Barnet and fulfilling all of the educational statutory duties on behalf of Barnet Council. We have a very strong partnership with our schools, settings and other stakeholders and work extremely closely with our colleagues in other parts of the Council.

As a company it is vital that we fulfil all the requirements of a limited company, including compliance and ensuring our contracts are monitored and reported effectively. Finances need to be managed carefully to ensure we meet the financial targets set to us by Barnet Council. We trade our services widely with schools and this brings in much needed additional income. As an effective company, in a Borough which is very successful educationally, there is huge potential for growing our services. We have recently restructured the Senior Management Team within BELS to create this new Director role reporting directly to the Chief Executive of BELS and working in close partnership with the BELS Director of Finance, the Service Directors and Heads of Service.

This is a unique opportunity for an aspiring and successful person, with experience of developing and supporting business operations within a large organisation and a positive track record of enhancing the development and delivery of services which are effective at meeting customer needs and are cost efficient, to move to a new level in a high performing company where the strategic partnership between the council and BELS provides additional opportunities to grow services in Barnet and beyond.

You will need to be a dynamic, innovative and highly organised person with a strong financial background who is able to maintain and build on our excellent work to date as a limited company. You will have good experience of procurement, contract management and excellent problem solving skills. An understanding of basic company law and governance would be helpful.

As Director you will make a direct contribution to the leadership of BELS, deputising for the Chief Executive where required. 
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Neil Marlow – Chief Executive and Director of Education and Learning at

How to apply

To apply for this post, please visit If you need assistance, please email the Schools HR Team at: quoting job reference BELS/1115.

Closing date for applications: 12.00pm Thursday, 7th July 2022
Shortlisting: Friday 8th July 2022
Interviews: w/b 11th or 18th July 2022


Our commitment to safeguarding and diversity

It is important to us at BELS that our organisation reflects all members of our community and we strongly encourage members of ethnic minority communities to apply.

Barnet Education and Learning Service are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with barred list check is required for all successful applicants. In addition, if this post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations, the successful applicant will be required to declare.

We value diversity.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Neil Marlow
Job title
Chief Executive and Director of Education and Learning
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