Accountant and Auditor vacancies

Due to continued business growth and further expansion plans, we are expanding our team.

If you would like to work for a forward-thinking, dynamic company that is highly regarded in the education sector and with a team that is full of energy and passionate about the work they do then take a look at our vacancy for Accountant and Auditor, and Trainee Accountant and Auditor.

Accountant and Auditor recruitment pack 2022

Trainee Accountant and Auditor recruitment pack 2022

Please email for more details about the role and how to apply.

Academy Finance Training for CEOs and Headteachers

SBM Services are running a modular academy finance training program designed specifically for all Accounting Officers, CEOs and Headteachers is a must for those who wish to fully understand their finance role and responsibilities.

Made up of 4 modules spread across this academic year, this course will look at the fundamentals of academy finances, supporting delegates in feeling better equipped to effectively manage their trust’s funds.

This event is suitable for those already in the post as the Accounting Officer or a Headteacher of an academy school, but would also be beneficial for those aspiring CEOs and Headteachers.

 Places cost just £795 for all 4 modules and will all be run remotely via Zoom. Justine Berkeley, Managing Director of SBM Services and qualified accountant will also host a networking forum for all delegates for the duration of the programme to support with any financial management, governance and compliance questions delegates may have.

Book your place now via the SBM Training website.  Why not look at some of the other training and events SBM Services has on offer whilst you’re there.

External Review of Governance

The Academy Trust Handbook makes it clear that from September 2021 there is an expectation that academy trusts should have an external review of governance.  As part of our internal scrutiny services, we offer a governance audit to support trustees and governors in continually improving their practices.  Our audit framework reviews the following areas:

Why choose SBM Services for your external governance review?

  • We only work in the education sector, therefore we are specialists in the field
  • Our team have practical experience of working with trust boards of all sizes both in terms of supporting schools with their governance arrangements but also working directly as clerks, governors, and Chairs of Governors
  • We are a national company so can share our experiences from working with other trust boards across the country to support you with improving the governance arrangements within your trust

To find out more or to book your audit, please contact us via email at or by phone at 01206 671103.

Covid update – how to contact the SBM Services team

The SBM Services team have all returned back to work this week, but we just want to advise you that as the majority of the team are based in Essex many of us have found ourselves homeschooling again as primary schools in the county have moved to remote learning in light of current Covid infection rates.  We will endeavour to continue to meet the exceptional levels of service that you would expect from us, however, we just wanted to apologise in advance if our response times are a little slower than normal as we juggle the extra pressure remote learning for our children brings.  If you find it difficult to get hold of your normal key contact then please call 01206 671103 or email

Season’s Greetings

As we fast approach the holiday season, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and working with us during this challenging time.

We will be available throughout the holidays to answer any urgent queries via our helpdesk (01206 671103).

We’d like to wish you all the warmest season’s greetings and we hope you have a relaxing break.

We look forward to working with you in 2021!

Internal Scrutiny Services

SBM Services Internal Scrutiny Services

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 requires all trusts to have a programme of internal scrutiny in place to provide independent assurance to the board that its financial and non-financial controls and risk management procedures are operating effectively.  SBM Services offer a wide range of internal scrutiny services and we are pleased to provide a summary of these services in the attached document (click here for details).  Prices start from just £675.

If you would be interested in a no-obligation planning meeting to discuss these options in further detail then please contact us at or 01206 671103.

Schools Resource Management Self Assessment Workshops

** New Schools Resource Management Self-Assessment Tool Workshops **

The DfE have recently released the updated schools resource management self-assessment tool that needs to be submitted in March 2021. It is evident from the updated tool that the DfE are placing even more  pressure on academy trusts to ensure their financial management governance and procedures are robust with a number of new questions being added.

To support schools in understanding the latest requirements and to provide advice and guidance on how to ensure compliance, we are running two ½ day workshops aimed at Trustees, Accounting Officers, Chief Finance Officers, Business Managers and Finance Staff.  Following the session we will also send through to you some supporting resources to help evidence your compliance.

The two dates currently available are:

  • Tuesday 1st December 2020
  • Thursday 3rd December 2020

The ½ day workshops will be held via Zoom starting at 9.30am.  A charge of £50 per person will be applied.

If you would like to book a place at one of our SRMA workshops, then please book via our website:

New members to the SBM Services team

We’re really excited to welcome two new members to the SBM Services team this week.

Rebecca Smith and Rebecca Bladon will be working with our academy clients to deliver financial management services.

We hope they can meet you soon even if it’s just virtually at the moment!

Vacancies for Internal Auditor and Senior Consultant

Due to continued business growth and some further expansion plans, we are recruiting.

If you would like to work for a forward-thinking, dynamic company that is highly regarded in the education sector and with a team that is full of energy and passionate about the work they do then take a look at our vacancies for internal auditors and senior finance and business consultants.

Internal Auditor Recruitment Pack

Senior Consultant Recruitment Pack

Please email for more details of the role and how to apply.