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As a growing company SBS is always looking for experienced, professional staff to be part of its team which delivers a first class service to its customers.

If you are dynamic, experienced, professional and looking to work within a thriving company and any of the vacancies below are of interest to you, please download and complete an application form and send to SBS HR.


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Company benefits include:

  • Pension scheme
  • Group profit share scheme
  • SBS bonus & commission incentive plan
  • Covered under our Death in Service Insurance Scheme
  • Discount voucher scheme

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Finance Assistant – Based in Poole

Competitive salary + benefits

The post holder will be joining a professional team of experts, working within the managed service team in Poole. The role will be day-to-day processing, with ownership of the transactional operations within a variety of schools. There will be an opportunity to learn and grow in the wider finance and business team through ongoing support to customers.

First line support to our customers covers a variety of issues and systems to school and academy finance teams.

    1. Assist in the day-to-day running of schools and academies’ purchase and sales ledgers. Likely duties will include:
      • Inputting standard information into academy finance software
      • Processing purchase orders accurately with attention to agreed authorisation procedures and timescales
      • Processing goods received notes, checking items have been received and resolve discrepancies
      • Processing invoices, ensuring accuracy and appropriate authorisation prior to payment, in accordance with the agreed procedures and timescales
      • Processing income received onto schools’ financial system
      • Reconciling third party income and expenditure and preparing journals for input into finance system
      • Checking appropriate authorisation of all the above prior to inputting
      • Checking invoice compliance with standard requirements prior to input
      • Preparing weekly payment runs for approval
      • Inputting staff expense claims onto schools’ finance system, and preparing weekly payment run
      • Raising invoices, and matching to income on financial system
      • Posting internal journals
      • Bank reconciliations
      • Supplier and customer query resolution
      • Maintaining electronic filing for all financial information
    2. Maintain a good working knowledge of computerised financial systems, including RM, SIMS FMS, PS
    3. Financials, Civica and any other relevant school software as required. Responsibility for continued
    4. development in system changes with an enthusiasm to learn new systems.
    5. Provide support to Service Desk during busy times, ensuring all calls are logged.
    6. Maintain accurate records ensuring that all information relating to schools is kept confidentially and is filed in accordance with SBS guidelines.
    7. Ensure information is communicated to your line manager for additional work carried out in schools over and above the contract terms. This will be used to manage customer expectation and renegotiation of contract.
    8. Work collaboratively with schools, for the benefit of all, when issues arising have potential implications for others.
    9. Be accountable for their work to the Headteacher, Governing Body, Finance and Business Manager and Operations Director.
    10. Build and maintain strong relationships with customers and colleagues, anticipating and managing concerns, and ensuring key people are engaged.
    11. Identify new opportunities within the education sector and cross sell other services that we can provide.
    12. Provide support and advice to other team members as required.
    13. Attend and contribute to all team/office meetings.

Any additional duties commensurate with the post as specified by the Managed Service Team Leader.

The closing date for this roles is 1st March 2019 with a view for interviews to be held 7th March 2019.

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If you are interested in the role please download an application form from above and send a completed version to us at sbshr@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or via post to SBS House, Marshes End, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7AG


Junior Software Developer – Based in Poole

Competitive salary + benefits

As part of our talented team, you will be supporting and maintaining bespoke software which are essential to our customers and the business. We are looking for a talented developer with a good mathematical mind and enjoys playing with numbers.

You will be supporting the software development lifecycle and use your analytical mind to analyse business processes and play a key role in upcoming projects.

This is a great opportunity for an eager, motivated developer who wants to grow and learn. You will join a growing and exciting business and gain experience to a wide range of technologies.

  • PHP
  • Rabbit
  • MySQL
  • Angular or Vue JavaScript framework
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Symfony Framework and ecosystem
  • Relational Database design
  • Complex SQL query design
  • GIT

Other desirable skills:

  • Linux, AWS & general sys-admin knowledge
  • Common open-source web tech; Nginx, redis, MySQL, varnish, git
  • CSS technologies; LESS/SASS/bootstrap
  • C#, .NET & WPF
  • Unit & functional testing automation
  • Good knowledge of optimisation; backend, database & frontend
  • Appetite for financial analysis and investigation

Any additional duties commensurate with the post as specified by the Lead Developer.

If you are interested in the role please download an application form from above and send a completed version to us at sbshr@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or via post to SBS House, Marshes End, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7AG


Senior Finance Consultants – Based in London & Staffordshire

Competitive salary + benefits

To provide high quality financial and system advice to our customers. The post holder will be part of a highly professional team, working independently in a variety of schools with an expectation to use their own initiative. There will be an expectation to perform this role within maintained, academy or free schools.

  • To provide sound financial advice and financial system support to Schools
  • Maintain a good working knowledge of computerised financial systems, including RM, SIMS FMS/Personnel Modules, Integris Finance and any other relevant school software as required.
  • Represent SBS on school visits on a regular basis as agreed within the terms of the contract, to advise Head Teachers, senior staff, administrative officers and governing bodies on all aspects of finance, computerised financial systems (e.g. RM, SIMS, Integris banking and accounting requirements).
  • Service desk cover is a key requirement of this role.
  • To prepare and produce regular monthly monitoring reports to the Head Teacher and Governing Body.
  • To prepare and deliver relevant training to School staff as required on a one to one and also a group.
  • To provide additional support to schools including personnel, accounts receivable, salary auto-reconciliation and Equipment Register where required.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the SFVS and audit requirements and advise schools accordingly.
  • To deal with any school complaints as necessary and provide appropriate feedback to Finance & Business Manager.
  • Represent SBS at School Finance Committee Meetings or Governing Body meetings as required, providing relevant financial information, prior to the meeting.
  • Provide an efficient help line service to schools when based in the office ensuring all calls are logged.
  • Maintain accurate records ensuring that all information relating to schools is kept confidentially and is filed appropriately at SBS with copies backed up to the company’s main server.
  • Ensure that information is communicated to the Finance & Business Manager for additional work carried out in schools over and above the School’s Contract in order for the invoices to be raised.
  • Identify potential areas of concern or general problems in Schools and provide solutions so that appropriate action can be taken.
  • Work collaboratively with schools, for the benefit of all, when issues arising have potential implications for others.
  • Be accountable for their work to the Head Teacher, Governing Body and Finance & Business Manager.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with individuals across the Schools, anticipating and managing concerns, ensuring key people are engaged.
  • Identify new opportunities within the Education Sector and cross sell other services that we can provide.
  • Provide support and advice to other team members as required and deputise for the Finance & Business Manager when required.
  • Take responsibility for the development of new software and financial procedural developments as directed.
  • Attend, facilitate and contribute to team/office meetings, as required.
  • Act as a mentor for new staff, ensuring a smooth transition into their role and providing on going support and feedback through regular meetings. Advise Finance & Business Manager of progress and any issues relating to new team member, suggesting solutions as appropriate.
  • Act as an exemplar in own role and coach and guide more junior colleagues, as and when required.
  • Develop, create and deliver appropriate training and development programmes as and when required by the Finance & Business Manager.
  • Maintain level of personal skills and knowledge through CPD.

Any additional duties commensurate with the post as specified by the Finance & Business Manager.

The closing date for theses roles is 18th January 2019.

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If you are interested in the role please download an application form from above and send a completed version to us at sbshr@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or via post to SBS House, Marshes End, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7AG


Senior MIS Service Desk Consultant – based in Milton Keynes

Competitive salary + benefits

You will be required to work as part of a small, but hugely important, team that will maintain our high level of service. The post requires excellent communication skills and customer service and a sound knowledge of education establishment requirements.

    1. To work as a member of the MIS escalation sub-team to resolve customer issues.
    2. To maintain regular contact with the customer throughout the case lifecycle, ensuring high levels of professionalism.
    3. To investigate case through to resolution, escalating to third party or Senior Consultants as appropriate, ensuring case ownership throughout.
    4. Incident management – Customer calls to our service desk need to be dealt with professionally, recorded on our information management system and managed through to resolution, following our KPI’s for call resolution times.
    5. Escalation – where cases are more complex or exceeding KPI resolution times the post holder will follow the defined escalation procedures appropriate to the product.
    6. Where appropriate, use remote access software to access school systems to fully investigate and resolve any problems.
    7. To identify problems and escalate to MIS Manager/Service Desk Supervisor as appropriate.
    8. To be the 2nd line expert in secondary school SIMS modules
    9. To act as a mentor and trainer for first line team members, to encourage more cases to be resolved at first point of contact.
    10. To be undertake the delivery of chargeable or SLA remote or on-site consultancies as required.
    11. To assist with the scheduling of SIMS upgrades and patches, ensuring that dates and times are agreed with the relevant customer or third-party provider and logged in agreed locations.
    12. To ensure that any upgrades and patches have been deployed successfully. Where unsuccessful, to log, investigate and escalate as appropriate, through to successful outcome.
    13. To commit to undertake continual training and development in the products supported.
    14. To contribute to the development of the service to further expand into other educational establishments.
    15. The role will be a mix of office based, home working or on-site school consultancies, therefore a willingness to travel is essential.

Any additional duties commensurate with the post as specified by the MIS Manager.

The closing date for theses roles is 1st February 2019.
We will be carrying out interviews on 18th and 19th February in Milton Keynes.

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If you are interested in the role please download an application form from above and send a completed version to us at sbshr@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or via post to SBS House, Marshes End, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7AG


ICT Engineer - based in London

Competitive salary + benefits

The Grade 3 role within the ICT team is the second highest level an engineer can reach before Senior Consultant. This role will see the jobholder managing large schools and ensuring that the schools ICT service and infrastructure is an example of how ICT within Education should operate. The Grade 3 will mentor all other members of the ICT team and share good practice, correct advice and latest technology news.

Grade 3 technicians are expected to aspire to Senior Consultant level and have ambition to demonstrate their ability and customer management to achieve this. Grade 3 technicians are expected in most cases to be able to manage multiple school networks, delegate tasks to engineers and ensure the customer is informed at all times with professional reports and excellent communication skills.

Grade 3 technicians will be able to manage straightforward projects and provide on the job practical training whilst keeping the project on track.

  1. Provide ICT technical support and guidance to all SBS clients and staff
  2. Act at all times with integrity and provide a pleasant professional manner
  3. Maintain effective communication with SBS Helpdesk, Assistant ICT Manager and ICT & MISManager, providing reports if necessary
  4. Liaising with internal and external ICT partners and colleagues on new sales opportunities, projectsor remedial activities
  5. Assisting in the management and development of the Schools ICT infrastructure
  6. Championing the use of SBS’s ICT service and delivering accurate information and advice
  7. Keeping abreast of new ICT Education developments
  8. Covering for other members of the ICT team as required
  9. In Depth ICT knowledge, covering:
    1. Server operating systems; Windows 2003 and up
    2. MS Server Virtualisation
    3. SAN / NAS Deployment and Operation
    4. Desktop Windows 7 and up
    5. Microsoft Exchange and SQL
    6. Network methodologies and protocols, including Fibre technologies
  10. Experience of installing and de-installing educational end-user application software, such as Sims.net, SQL and FMS
  11. Excellent people skills and in particular a confident and pleasant telephone manner
  12. Capable of producing ICT support and educational documentation
  13. Comprehensive knowledge and experience of business application software including the use of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access, Excel and Outlook) and contact databases
  14. Ability to work with other managers who do not have an ICT background
  15. Ability to communicate persuasively at all levels of the organisation
  16. Prior experience working within the education sector

Any additional duties commensurate with the post as specified by the Managed Services Team Leader

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If you are interested in the role please download an application form from above and send a completed version to us at sbshr@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or via post to SBS House, Marshes End, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7AG


SBS is always interested in hearing from professionals within our industry, so if you feel that you have something to offer SBS please email sbshr@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or call 0345 222 1551 • Option 5.

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