Director of Finance and Administration
Support and facilitate the formulation and delivery of the Hall's Business Plans
Leadership of Finance, HR and IT of this world famous venue
About Our Client
The Royal Albert Hall is the world's most famous stage with an unrivalled history of performance. An iconic building with a global reputation and profile, the Hall hosts around 400 performances annually in the main auditorium and over 1,000 other events inside and outside the building, receiving over 1.7 million visitors a year. The Hall continues to broaden its appeal to new audiences through its diverse and vibrant programme, whilst remaining financially and commercially strong with a full events calendar, a thriving education and outreach programme, a growing global digital presence and ambitious capital development plans that will provide the very best possible experience for artists and audiences well into the future.
This is an exciting time to be joining the Hall. In 2017 we embarked upon a new five year business plan in the run up to our 150th Anniversary in 2021. At the heart of this are plans to extend the Hall's reach beyond the building itself - providing unforgettable experiences to a greater number of people than ever before. We have also initiated a £multi-million modernisation programme to enhance the much loved Grade I listed building, improving artists' facilities and carving out public space for education, outreach and archives.
The Hall is a registered charity which receives no on-going government funding so day-to-day income is generated by our commercial success and philanthropic support. Strong financial planning and governance ensures that we can reinvest into helping us meet our charitable objectives to promote the arts and sciences and fulfil our drive to maintain and improve this wonderful venue.
We are seeking a highly professional and fully qualified Director of Finance and Administration with solid commercial experience to lead the finance team and to be a key member of the Hall's directorate.
Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance & Administration will support and facilitate the formulation and delivery of the Hall's Business Plans acting as the guardian and conscience within the Executive Team for the Hall's long term financial strength and commercial effectiveness.
Key responsibilities include
- Work in conjunction with the Chief Executive and other colleagues to co-ordinate, compile and regularly update business plans, budgets and forecasts which are simultaneously accurate, challenging and achievable and are designed to fulfil the Hall's agreed objectives
- Ensure the proper and effective administration and control of all aspects of the Hall's accounts and financial affairs
- Oversee, lead and support the Hall's HR function
- Oversee, lead and support the Hall's IT function
- Represent the Hall at in-house and external events, acting at all times as an ambassador for the Hall and to promote the Hall's profile and activities wherever it is possible to do so.
The Successful Applicant
You must be a Qualified Accountant (ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA) with sound financial acumen and extensive senior level financial and business experience. Excellent communication skills with exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills are essential and you must demonstrate a strong track record of proven experience in strategic planning and decision-making at Board and Trustee level.
A proven track record of leading teams and successfully delivering projects in a challenging, fast moving environment is desired. You must be capable of high-level strategic decisions, yet able to have a day-to-day operational hands-on approach.
Previous experience of overseeing or leading a HR function is preferable as is an awareness of the importance and potential of IT systems within a consumer lead business. You will also have an understanding of data privacy requirements.
Previous experience working in the arts/cultural/charitable sector is not essential. Instead you must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the Hall's Vision and for the performing arts more generally.
What's on Offer
£competitve plus benefits and bonus