Mar 13, 2019

Business Manager

  • Woodridge College & Preparatory School
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Full time Business Development

Job Description

Woodridge College & Preparatory School is a multi-denominational, co-educational, Christian educational institution situated on a magnificent country estate.

Woodridge College invites applications from a suitable individual for the vacancy of

BUSINESS MANAGER with effect from 1 May 2019 or as agreed

Woodridge is seeking an experienced Business Manager to join our executive leadership team. The successful incumbent will work closely with the Headmasters and the Board of Trustees on the design and successful implementation of business strategy, policies, systems and processes in support of a sound operational and administrative infrastructure. The Business Manager will realise the vision of Woodridge through the combination of sound business acumen and cultivation of strong relationships. The Business Manager will make a major contribution to the next phase of the school’s exciting journey.


The scope of the role is extensive as it provides leadership across all non-academic functional disciplines, including:

Financial, commercial and administrative aspects of the school
Human Resources
IT – managing the school networks, technology and computer systems and processes
Marketing department, communication and public image
Estate Management (Building maintenance and grounds)
Security function
Transport function (internal & outsource)
Catering function, events and functions
House-keeping/cleaning function (incl. laundry)
School shops (Pavilion, clothing, coffee & tuck shops)
Appointed OHS Person
Stakeholder engagements


A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting coupled with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration will be suitable; alternatively, the successful incumbent is to be a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Previous general management experience at a senior management or executive level for 7 years is a minimum requirement. The successful incumbent will have a solid track record in budgeting and people planning.
It is important that the successful applicant should have a sound understanding of the academic environment and the current socio-economic climate relating to it. Therefore, previous experience in a similar role in an academic environment will be advantageous.


Superior communication skills to engage with a range of stakeholders
Exceptional report writing and presentation skills
Intermediate MS Office skills, with Excel at an advanced level
Advanced Pastel knowledge
Be able to develop and implement an appropriate development program for management team as the continued development of a high-calibre team will remain a priority


High emotional intelligence
Sound interpersonal skills
Collaborative leadership style with a strong team orientation
Strong administrative, planning, organisational and reporting skills
Be able to identify, collect and use data and evidence to inform planning
Self-starter with strong time management skills and deadline driven
Be able to implement creative problem solving strategies


If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and together with a covering letter of motivation to the email address below.
Further supporting documentation will be required at interview stage.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. The Board will consider the School’s equity requirements before making an offer to the successful candidate. Woodridge reserves the right not to make the appointment.

Woodridge College & Preparatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an interview, criminal record checks, successful references and potential psychometric assessments. We follow safe recruitment practices and require all candidates to have a Sexual Offenders clearance certificate and to prove that that their name does not appear on the government’s Child Protection register.

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