Chief Operating Officer – Uppingham Careers

Chief Operating Officer

This job has now closed

Job details

Contract hours: Full time
Basis: Permanent
Location: Uppingham
Closing date: 19 February 2024, 9:00 am


The Headmaster of Uppingham School invites applications for the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) across the Uppingham Group of Schools.

The Uppingham Group of Schools is made up of Uppingham School, a co-educational, full boarding and day school serving 850 pupils aged 13-18; Maidwell Hall, a recently acquired prep school; Uppingham Cairo which opens in 2024, with a further school planned to open in Vietnam in 2026.

In a newly created position, the COO will be a key part of the Uppingham Leadership Team (ULT) and work closely with the Headmaster to help lead the strategic direction across the group of schools, with a focus upon modernisation and the maximisation of resource efficiency and productivity. A wide-ranging and exciting role, the COO will provide commercial input into key areas of the Group, identifying opportunities for development and growth that support Uppingham’s ambition to lead the way in British education. The COO will be expertly supported by the Bursar of Uppingham School, who is responsible for financial management and corporate governance.

The COO will be an experienced professional with a track record of managing diverse resources and teams and delivering organisational change and innovation. Applications are encouraged from candidates from a broad range of sectors who have strong commercial and operational skills, and a demonstrable record of success in commercial, operational and/or business management roles. A commitment to, and empathy with, the wider educational and charitable mission of the UGS will also be essential.

Further information can be found at:

A candidate brief is available from

CVs, covering letters and application forms should be sent by the closing date, 09.00 GMT on Monday 19 February.  

This role is being managed by our external agency partner. Please click the apply button to complete the application via their site.

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All positions at the School are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore ALL convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered ‘spent’ under the Act) MUST be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. All information given will be treated as confidential and each case will be taken on its merits. Failure to disclose this information may result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment or immediate termination of employment.

Uppingham School is an equal opportunities employer.

Working at Uppingham

Uppingham is a vibrant, stimulating, energetic and forward-looking school. Our community is made up of talented people offering a diverse range of experiences. We welcome applications from candidates who are both experienced and new to working within the independent education sector.