Director of Finance and Resources

Cardiff Permanent £80,000 - £90,000 per year
  • Join Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales as their next Director of Finance & Resources
  • Hybrid working - 2 days a week in the office minimum

About Our Client

With the support of Welsh Government, Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales has been supporting and engaging with communities within Wales for many years. We believe our current Strategy 2030 represents a step change in how we can contribute to building a better Wales.

We have a rich heritage of world famous collections, producing inspiring and thought-provoking exhibitions and curating historic buildings and attractions that draw in millions of visitors from across the globe each year. Working alongside prominent partners in the culture and heritage sector, we also have a strong reputation both domestically and internationally.

Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales has 8 visitor centres spread throughout Wales;

  • Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd - National Museum Cardiff, based in Cardiff City centre.
  • Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru - National Slate Museum based in Llanberis, North Wales.
  • Amgueddfa Wlân Cymru - National Wool Museum based in Llandysul, Carmarthenshire.
  • Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau - National Waterfront Museum, based in Swansea.
  • Y Ganolfan Gasgliadau Genedlaethol - National Collections Centre, Based in Cardiff.
  • Sain Ffagan Amgueddfa Werin Cymru - St Fagans National Museum of History, based in Cardiff.
  • Amgueddfa Lleng Rufeinig Cymru - National Roman Legion Museum, based in Caerleon, Newport.
  • Big Pit Amgueddfa Lofaol Cymru - Big Pit National Coal Museum, based in Pontypool, Torfaen.

Job Description

The Director of Finance & Resources is a pivotal role within the Senior Leadership Team of Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales.

The role will be responsible for driving the 2030 Strategy and will be a role model for the values of Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales and contribute to a culture of transparency, inclusivity and integrity in all that we do.

Our vision is Inspiring People and Changing Lives. Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales is a place for everyone, where everyone has the right to experience and enjoy our museum, collections and services however they choose, wherever they come from.

The post holder will manage the following roles and functions:

  • Finance, HR, Digital, Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Other support functions to be determined.

Key Responsibilities;

  • Develop and review financial, people, digital, data and technology strategies and oversee income generation strategy to ensure the long term health of the museum.
  • Supporting the Chief Executive to carry out the responsibilities of the Accounting Officer role, ensuring appropriate financial controls are in place and providing regular assurance reports.
  • Ensure that Amgueddfa Cymru funding is spent on its intended purpose and that transactions conform with the authorities that govern them. Lead a culture of delivering value for money, ensuring spend is incurred with a view to sustainability and whole-life cost.
  • Lead the financial team to deliver capital and revenue budgets, monthly reporting against these.
  • Lead the HR team on policy, recruitment, grievance and development activities.
  • Lead the digital team to deliver services across content, data and technical services.
  • Lead on risk management policy, platform, processes and reporting.
  • Lead on annual operating plan development.
  • Lead on performance management, including measurement of activities as well as impact or outcome, setting targets as needed for the museum
  • Lead on other relevant strategic initiatives and programmes, including the Tailored Review report, Shaping our Future programme.
  • Contribute as a member of the Directorate, to the overall management of the Museum.
  • Champion and actively support all Museum policies and procedures and ensure that they are effectively communicated so that all members of staff understand them and comply with them.
  • Ensure that fundraising and commercial revenue opportunities are maximised.
  • Contribute to the overall aims and objectives of Amgueddfa Cymru/Museum Wales.
  • Liaise with Audit Wales (external audit) and TIAA (internal audit), determining and agreeing plans prior to presentation to Audit Committees.

The Successful Applicant

Person Specification


  • Fully qualified accountant (member of CCAB or CIMA)
  • Demonstrable senior level financial experience, leading multifunctional teams as well as reporting and presenting at Board level.
  • Strong leadership and analytical skills and the proven ability to implement cultural change.

Core Skills;

  • Excellent people manager and motivator.
  • Strategic planning & delivery for future long-term financial health and growth
  • Experience of leading on strategic projects.
  • Implementing improvements to financial and HR systems and procedures as relevant across the organisation
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with an ability to build relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently including with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to operate at a strategic level and to have had a proven track record of a similar sized business and effective performance management.
  • Experience and an understanding of working within the specialised regulatory regimes the museum works under: Welsh Government, charity commission and Royal Statute.

The Museum supports active Welsh learners at all levels. 
Fluency in Welsh, whilst it is not an essential requirement of this post, a willingness to learn would be an advantage

What's on Offer

The Museum offers a wide range of benefits.

The post holder will have the following benefits;

Current Salary - In the range of £80,000 - £90,000 - (Subject to a 7.2% pay award that is pending). 

Annual Leave - 27 days on appointment, rising to 32 days after 5 years' service, plus a privilege day at Christmas and 8 bank holidays (for full-time staff)

Pension - We operate a Career Average Revalued Earnings occupational pension scheme. 9% Employee contributions

Flexitime - In order to enable staff to meet their work-life balance requirements and help manage their time as effectively as possible, we operate a flexitime system.

Hours of work - 35 per week. the role will require you to attend the National Museum Cardiff, 2 days a week minimum.

Key dates -

Closing date for applications - 10th May 2024.
Interview 1 (Cardiff) - 10th to 20th June 2024
Interview 2 (Llanberis) - 28th June 2024

Please note that all direct applications or other agency cv's will be forwarded to Michael Page for review. 

Ross Brown
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Phone number
+44 2920 642 038

Job summary

Job function
Financial Director / CFO
Public Sector
Contract type
Consultant name
Ross Brown
Consultant phone
+44 2920 642 038
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