Thank you for considering Sherborne School for the next stage of your career.
Sherborne is a community in which kindness and compassion take centre stage. We foster the conditions in which our students learn how to look out for their friends and neighbours, in which they develop habits of consideration and politeness that prepare them for the rest of their lives. We are a community of the future, inspired and empowered by the rich heritage of our past.
The Commercial Director role is a newly created post to support the Group Bursar and transform the commercial operations of the Sherborne Schools’ Group, including our overseas ventures. The Commercial Director will be a key member of the Bursary Management Team and will play an important role in enabling the realisation of the Group’s academic vision and strategic objectives.
We are looking for a creative thinker with strong commercial instincts to develop and implement a comprehensive commercial strategy which aims to drive value and maximise opportunities for income generation across the Group. This is a senior appointment with significant operational responsibilities and the successful candidate will need to be able to build collaborative working relationships across our broad constituency.
We are open to candidates from a wide range of relatable careers with transferable skills and the strategic vision to play a key role in the growth and delivery of our outstanding educational provision. If you are an inspirational leader and have the experience to develop our commercial capability and realise the potential for further commercial success, then we would love to hear from you.
We look forward to receiving your application.
One of the UK’s pre-eminent independent schools, Sherborne School provides an outstanding, all-boys boarding education. The School was founded by Royal Charter in 1550 with roots going back to the origins of the See of Sherborne in 705. There are eight boarding houses containing a total of about 600 boys (aged 13-18).
Sherborne School is thriving under the leadership of Dr Dominic Luckett who became Headmaster of Sherborne School and Chief Executive of Sherborne Group in January 2016. The Sherborne Schools Group includes Sherborne School, Sherborne Prep School, Sherborne International School, commercial subsidies and overseas operations.
With plans to open a new boarding house to meet the increasing demand for places, the development of a £13m state-of-the-art sports centre, the recent merger with Sherborne Prep, and plans to expand the international footprint through Sherborne Schools Worldwide (a joint venture with Sherborne Girls), this is a dynamic organisation on an exciting upward trajectory.
Sherborne and the Local Area
Sherborne is an idyllic rural market town with a character all of its own: a place of vibrancy and intellectual stimulation, where music, art and literature thrive. It is a unique seat of learning, with two major senior schools (Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls’), an international school (Sherborne International) and Sherborne Prep School. Few other towns offer such a comprehensive range of schooling options, all set within historic surroundings that are characterised by beauty, heritage and a vibrant spirit of community.
Sherborne offers the benefits of a safe rural town along with easy access to and from Heathrow, Gatwick and Bristol airports, and a direct train service to London Waterloo. With stunning scenery on the doorstep, there is every opportunity to share the joy of the great outdoors with pupils, while giving them a rich cultural experience in a town with real soul.
The town’s medieval buildings, including the Abbey that the schools use for services and concerts – and its two castles, bring a profound sense of history. The honeyed buildings of the high street house a range of independent shops and some chains: they provide the perfect setting for the town’s many festivals, including an annual music festival at the Abbey and the popular Sherborne Literary Festival.
Sherborne really is a town unlike any other: the perfect place in which young people can be inspired, stretched and stimulated through a first-class education that puts them at the very centre.
The Commercial Director is a newly created senior role to support the Group Bursar and transform the commercial operations (and therefore revenue) for the Sherborne Group. The Commercial Director will be a key member of the Bursary Management Team and will play an important role in enabling the realisation of the Group’s academic vision and strategic objectives.
The Commercial Director will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive commercial strategy to generate agreed income targets for the Group as well as pro-actively identifying and realising commercial opportunities to maximise income. The successful candidate will have outstanding commercial and financial acumen and be able to transfer this into, and have empathy with, an independent school setting. Strong leadership skills are important in this role, as is the ability to influence at a senior level and build collaborative working relationships across the Group’s broad constituency. The Commercial Director will deputise for the Group Bursar on certain Boards and Committees as necessary.
The Commercial Director will be accountable for the following functions:
Please find our staff diagram here.
The Group Bursar, Sherborne School – and through them to the Headmaster/CEO.
Head of Marketing (Sherborne Group)
Director of Short Courses
The Commercial Director is responsible to the Group Bursar for:
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Support Staff Management:
Sherborne Schools Worldwide:
This list is not exhaustive, and the successful candidate may be required to carry out other duties as instructed by the Group Bursar.
Experience, Knowledge and Skills
Training Requirement for Administrative Staff – this list is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other training as required by the School.
|Training||To be completed by||Frequency of training|
|Safeguarding (Child Protection) and Prevent Training||Before employment commences||Every year|
|Emergency First Aid Training (if required within the Department)||Within the first term of employment||Every 3 years but offered annually|
|Fire Awareness||Within the first term of employment||Every 3 years|
|Manual Handling||Within the first term of employment||Every 3 years|
|Display Screen Equipment (DSE) User||Within the first term of employment||Every 3 years|
|Induction training with Line Manager||Within the first 3 months of employment|
Location: Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LF.
Hours of Work: This is a full-time, all year-round post. 37.5 hours per week. Hours of work are likely to be 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday less an hour for lunch, but flexibility in hours will be required on occasion to meet the demands of the post.
Probationary Period: Six Months
Salary: Circa £65,000 per annum depending on skills, qualifications and experience. Salary is paid monthly in arrears direct into the employee’s nominated bank account.
Pension: The post holder will be able to join the Sherborne School Support Staff Pension Scheme on the first day of the month after completion of two months service. Where eligible the post-holder will be auto enrolled into the Pension Scheme as per current legislation; further details may be obtained from the Head of HR (Bursary).
Relocation expenses: A relocation expense allowance is provided to the successful applicant.
Holidays: 5 weeks’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays. Attendance will be required on Bank Holidays that fall during term time, for which time off in lieu will be given. Holiday only to be taken following prior authorisation from the Group Bursar, taking account of the School’s busy periods.
Sports Centre Membership: Reduced membership of the Sherborne School Sports Centre (including swimming pool, gym and classes) is available for all employees.
Medical Fitness: Any offer of appointment will be conditional upon the provision of a self-declaration of physical and mental fitness to carry out the responsibilities of the role.
Lunch: Lunch will be provided during term-time and when the kitchens are open at other times.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
You share with all School staff the responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people for whom you are responsible, or with whom you come into contact. In doing so, you are expected at all times to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policy. If you become aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School, you must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (Child Protection Officer).
Please find our Safeguarding policy here.
The Sherborne Schools Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. Sherborne Preparatory School is part of Sherborne Schools Group, a charitable company (number 4002575), registered in England and Wales with the Charity Commission (number 1081228).
Please find our Equal Opportunities policy here.
As Sherborne School is registered to ask ‘exempted questions’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, successful applicants will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (a “Disclosure”) before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings. This post is also subject to receipt of two satisfactory written references, one of which must be your last employer.
Please find our Ex-Offenders policy here.
It is the policy of Sherborne School (encompassing Sherborne International, Sherborne Prep School and Sherborne School Leisure and Sherborne School Trading) that all our workplaces are smoke free, and all employees have a right to work in a smoke free environment. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the School, both internal and external; this includes company vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, contractors and visitors.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Sherborne School. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post are warmly invited to contact Nicola Reames, Partner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44(0)7907 574 794.
The closing date for applications is 09.00 on Monday 28th March 2022.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1345.
|Closing date:||09.00 on Monday 28 March|
|Longlisting:||Wednesday 30 March|
|Shortlisting:||Friday 8 April|
|First Stage Interviews:||Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 April|
|Second Stage Interviews:||Wednesday 20 or Thursday 21 April|