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Sadler's Wells - Head of Finance

Allen Lane
Little London, UK
Closing date
26 Oct 2020

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Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, our mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other.

Over half a million people come to our theatres in London each year, with many more enjoying our touring productions at partner venues across the UK and in cities around the world. Sadler's Wells Theatre has been located in Islington since the 17th century. Our modern day theatre comprises a main auditorium (1,500 seats); the Lilian Baylis Studio (180 seats); three rehearsal studios; bars, a café, facilities for private and corporate entertaining and offices for Sadler's Wells' staff. Our second theatre building and West End home, the Peacock (1,000 seats) has a more commercially focused programme. It is subject to a unique agreement whereby Sadler's Wells and the London School of Economics jointly manage it, with the LSE presenting its lectures to students during the day and Sadler's Wells presenting theatre at night.

We are looking for a Head of Finance to take the lead for the financial performance management of the organisation, managing the function operationally, strategically and in relationships with stakeholders, including directing and evolving our finance team.

Your key responsibilities include:
  • Overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the finance function and providing successful leadership to the team
  • Being responsible for statutory reporting and cashflow forecasting; ensuring compliance with accounting, tax and charity law and regulation
  • Leading the external financial reporting and audit process and relationship with Auditors
  • Maintaining, developing and embedding appropriate and effective financial systems, policies and procedures across the organisation and ensure these are effectively communicated
  • Working with the Director of Finance and Business Performance, Senior Management Accountant and Production Accountant to lead a co-ordinated finance department and promote it as a collaborative partner across the organisation.
  • Motivating and developing a medium sized team.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant from the Not for Profit, Commercial or wider Public Sector. You will have robust technical skills and a proactive approach. We are looking for someone who is strong on business processes, automation and continuous improvement. You will be solutions-focussed, instil discipline in finance and have demonstrable experience of developing and strengthening internal controls. You will have confidence in working with people at all levels of the organisation. This would be a fantastic opportunity for someone stepping up into their first Head of Finance position. A sensitivity and appreciation to the arts is a must.

It is a challenging, but exciting, time to join Sadler's Wells. Our financial position has been significantly impacted by the extended period of closure during 2020. Immediate plans are to recover from that and renew our innovative and diverse programme of activities across all our existing venues as audience confidence and ticket sales return.

Alongside that, plans are underway for the development of a fourth venue in east London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler's Wells' new space will be located on the Stratford Waterfront site, opposite the London Aquatics Centre, alongside UAL's London College of Fashion and the V&A Museum. The site will form part of a new cultural and education district, which will also include a major new University College London (UCL) campus and have direct links to the creative communities already based in east London.

Recruitment timings

Closing date: Sunday, 8th November

Shortlist: w/c 16th November

Interviews: w/c 23rd November

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter via the link by Sunday 8th November. For an informal discussion regarding the role, please don't hesitate to contact through the Allen Lane agency website.

An early application is highly recommended.
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