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Head of Finance

British Museum


Posted 3 weeks ago


Lead the Financial Future of a World-Class Cultural Institution at the British Museum


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£72995 - £86385

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Organisation Summary:
Join the British Museum, a guardian of human history and culture since 1753. With a collection that includes treasures like the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, the Museum stands as one of the premier destinations for both visitors and scholars. As a pivotal part of this prestigious institution, you'll contribute to an environment that fosters appreciation and understanding of world heritage, while enjoying a competitive benefits package and the opportunity for professional development.

  • Leading a competent Finance team dedicated to supporting strategic and operational goals.
  • Overseeing budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, and reporting.
  • Maintaining robust financial controls and compliance.
  • Formulating strategies and policies to steer the Museum's financial direction.
  • Excellent communication, judgement, and an analytical mindset.
  • Passion for the Museum, Galleries, Charity sector, or similar fields.
  • Ability to manage competing demands and prioritize effectively.
  • Degree-level education and ACA qualification with senior managerial experience.

About the role: This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role at the British Museum and help shape its future. As Head of Finance, you will lead and develop a team delivering a professional and commercial finance service that fully supports the strategic and operational priorities of the Museum. You will manage the Museum’s budgets and forecasts and analyse and report on activity with a view to ensuring an appropriate balance between delivering core Museum objectives, income generation, and risk management. You will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and policies, and the maintenance of financial controls and compliance across the Museum group.

Key areas of responsibility: Leading, motivating, managing and developing the Finance department Manage the Museum’s budgeting and forecasting, and analyse and report on activity Responsible for maintenance of financial controls and compliance across the Museum group.

About you: You will be a strong communicator with excellent judgement and an analytical and creative approach. You will have a passion for the Museums and Galleries and/or Charity sector and will be able to manage conflicting demands and prioritise workload effectively. Educated to degree level, you will be a qualified ACA accountant with experience of a senior managerial role.

About the British Museum: Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

Benefits: The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including: Generous annual leave allowance of 25 days (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service) plus 2.5 privilege days and plus bank holidays Membership of the civil service defined benefit pension scheme Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections Interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans Professional and personal development opportunities Employee Assistance Programme Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

Additional details: We offer a flexible way of working that allows our employees to work remotely in a way that suits them and the organisation. We welcome questions and conversations at interview stage about how flexible working could work for you. We would typically expect the post holder to work on site 2-3 days per week. The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) for pre-employment screening of Civil Servants.


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