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Operations Manager in Abu Dhabi




Priory School Abu Dhabi

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




Full Time

Job Advert Role Description

Priory Education and Children’s Services offers world-leading education and behavioural care to young people, with offices in Abu Dhabi and the UK. We operate 38 high quality independent schools and colleges, focusing on making a real and lasting difference for every young person we support.

We are offering a great opportunity for an Operations Manager to join our world-class team at Al Karamah School in Abu Dhabi. Al Karamah School includes a team of dedicated therapists and teachers for up to 260 Emirati children and young people who are on the autistic spectrum.

We have a strong track record of creating great, positive learning environments where young people are able to attain the highest educational, behavioural and personal outcomes, and are able to go on and have fulfilling lives and careers.

The  school opened in January 2019 and is designed drawing on all of our experience of creating a suitable environment which is attuned to child-centred learning. With dedicated teachers, therapists and skilled learning support and at school, you would have the opportunity to join a team focused on the best possible outcomes for each and every child, and ultimately transition into partner schools in the region. The school is will be underpinned by an experienced administration team, IT support and facilities support,

We are looking for a passionate, dedicated, inspirational and highly experienced Operations Manager with a proven track record in achieving the very highest standards of quality. This role manages the operation of support services for the school, including the catering, housekeeping, maintenance, administration,health and safety, IT and reception functions. (including third party contractors). Priory has a strong track record and approach to the continuous professional development and you will be joining an enthusiastic, friendly, and well qualified team in a senior role. We believe the right candidates will find this post challenging, stimulating and rewarding.

You will be provided with a generous employment package, provided with professional development and be a key part of this exciting project

Qualifications will include:

  • The jobholder should be educated to professional degree level business related qualification, which is accredited by a recognised institute.
  • Five years’ experience working at a professional level in a similar role to designated senior professionals within a relevant environment.
  • Experience of managing over 10 personnel.
  • The role holder would have gained experience within a relevant operational environment.
  • Experience of working in the UAE or GCC would be an advantage.

The school will work closely with parents, schools in the region and other stakeholders to creating positive learning environments, underpinned by our belief and commitment to inclusion and integration into local schools and communities.

This is a truly a unique opportunity to be part of a fantastic and enthusiastic founding team working in an exciting country, to provide best practice and lasting change for children on the autistic spectrum.

To apply or for an informal conversation please contact Lucy Wood on

Division DBS info


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.

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