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Head of Finance

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    Not for Profit

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    Matthew Dowson

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  • Published:

    25 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    17 July 2024

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    Matthew Dowson

It is our pleasure to be supporting The Birmingham Repertory Theatre to recruit a Head of Finance. This critical position for the Charity will oversee the finance team and deputise for the Finance Director. This opportunity is offering £46,500 per annum, 25 days annual leave, plus public holidays and complimentary tickets (where possible) to The Rep's productions.

Established in 1913, The Rep has an unparalleled history as a pioneering repertory theatre and the launch-pad for some of the most exciting talent in UK theatre both past and present. Today it is a producing powerhouse with three auditoria - The House, 820 seats; The Studio, 300 seats; The Door, 150 seats - as well as extensive on-site production facilities.

Under the Executive leadership of Rachael Thomas the theatre is in the midst of a process of significant renewal, with the vision of being a national and international centre for artistically ambitious popular theatre in all its forms: comedies, dramas, musicals, dance-theatre and family shows. Revivals, new work and commissions will play in all three theatres. Many of its productions already go on to enjoy future life through commercial transfers and national/international tours.

These are exciting times for The Rep and the city of Birmingham. The UK's 'second city' is full of dynamism and energy, and currently undergoing its own renaissance as one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Part of The Rep's mission is to ensure that its programme is truly representative of the city it serves, and we aim to imaginatively engage with the people of Birmingham and beyond to create productions that fill our theatres with its people. In every endeavour, they promote inclusivity, diversity, and equality.

The Head of Finance manages the team and all financial systems and processes used in the organisation. They prepare the monthly management accounts and statutory accounts for the commercial entities owned by The Rep. The Head of Finance will also be required to:

  • Prepare accurate and timely monthly management accounts for Unique Venues Birmingham Limited and Birmingham Rep Enterprises Limited.
  • Liaise with external accountant to produce the year-end statutory accounts for the trading subsidiaries.
  • Liaise with the external auditors.
  • Contribute to the management and development of the Finance department and its systems.
  • Be responsible for day-to-day team management of 4 staff, including workload, capacity and performance.
  • Provide support to colleagues in other departments within the theatre with the provision of financial information as required.
  • Support the Commercial Directors of Unique Venues Birmingham Limited and Birmingham Rep Enterprises Limited with financial information and systems development.
  • Deputise for the Finance Director when required.

Head of Finance:

  • Fully qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CGMA/CIMA, CIPFA or equivalent) with at least two years of post-qualification experience. Part-qualified or qualified by experience will also be considered.
  • Experience of managing a finance team.
  • Knowledge of partial exemption, VAT, and Gift Aid.
  • Unrestricted and restricted funding.
  • High standard of literacy and numeracy - Maths and English at GCSE (or equivalent) level.
  • Computer literate on MS Office and payment/finance systems.
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills.
  • Experience of payroll and finance systems (Access Dimension would be desirable).
  • Ability to work effectively at all levels and contribute as a member of a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Works well under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Understands the importance of good internal and external customer relations.
  • An excellent eye for detail and a commitment to excellence.

Head of Finance:

  • £46,500 per annum.
  • 39 hours per week (full time). The Rep do not encourage or expect over time, however, in the event that over time is worked, this may be taken as time off in lieu to be agreed in advance with your line manager.
  • 25 days per year plus public holidays. Additional days holiday accrued for length of service. The holiday year runs from 1st September to 31st August each year.
  • Contributory staff pension, 5% employee and 3% employer.
  • A day off for your birthday.
  • Free tea and coffee in the Green Room at the Theatre.
  • Free-to-use employee assistance service with 24/7 virtual GP service
  • Complimentary tickets to staff when possible.
  • Staff ticket discount.
  • Staff discount in The Rep food and drink outlets (when available).
  • Office base is at The Rep in Birmingham (B1 2EP).
  • 25% Season Ticket discount on parking at Q-Parks.
  • £5 day rates parking at Utilita Arena North and South Car ParksAccess to salary sacrifice schemes including Bike to Work scheme and Health Cash Plans.
  • Discounts with local businesses and hotels.

EA First Ltd are acting as an Employment Agency for this permanent vacancy.