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Finance Manager: Tax and Technical

British Museum


Posted 2 weeks ago


Join the prestigious British Museum as a Finance Manager to lead tax strategy and inspire innovation in financial operations


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About the British Museum

Step into a role at the British Museum, an institution preserving human history and culture since 1753. Home to iconic artefacts like the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, the museum not only serves as a top visitor attraction but also plays a significant role in global cultural education. This is an opportunity to contribute to the financial backbone that supports the museum’s mission.

Role Summary

  • Develop and advise on the museum's tax and VAT strategy.
  • Lead projects aimed at simplifying and enhancing the efficiency of financial systems.
  • Manage the preparation and submission of various financial returns.
  • Train and develop the VAT and tax team, as well as other museum departments.
  • Handle investment management and accounting system administration.

Role Requirements

  • Academic achievement equivalent to A Levels.
  • Qualified accountant status (ACA, ACCA, or similar).
  • Strong technical knowledge in taxes, VAT, and accounting standards.
  • Experience with charity VAT and complex payroll systems.
  • Expertise in Excel and the ability to communicate complex tax rules.
  • Capability to work under pressure and prioritize tasks.


  • 25 days annual leave plus 2.5 privilege days and bank holidays.
  • Membership in a civil service pension scheme.
  • Free access to museums and cultural exhibitions.
  • Exclusive museum talks and behind-the-scenes experiences.
  • Interest-free loans for travel and rental deposits.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Employee Assistance Programme and discounts on food and gift shop purchases.

The British Museum is looking for a Finance Manager: Tax and Technical to line manage and develop the VAT and tax team and to plan and deliver a series of improvement and automation/simplification projects. You will oversee preparation of returns to our key stakeholders, for example HMRC, provide technical guidance on issues such as VAT, PAYE, gift aid and foreign tax to the finance team and other departments within the Museum, and build resilience in the VAT and tax team and wider finance teams to support these areas. You will oversee management of the investments and systems administration for the Museum’s accounting system.

Key areas of responsibility: Develop tax and VAT strategy, and advise on related issues Advise on the tax implications of projects and new initiatives Lead simplification review and advise on measures to improve efficiency Oversee the preparation of VAT, tax, customs and payroll-related returns Supervise monthly checks on the payroll file to ensure that staff are paid accurately and on time Review procedures and undertake analysis to ensure that the Museum and all entities are compliant with HMRC guidance and legislation Oversee investment management and reporting Train team members and the wider Museum on VAT and tax matters Provide information, analysis and returns to other bodies such as DCMS, the Office for National Statistics, and for internal purposes.

Job requirements: A Levels or equivalent Qualified accountant – ACA, ACCA or other Excellent technical knowledge of regulatory framework, corporation tax, payroll taxes and VAT, and of relevant accounting standards Experience of charity VAT including partial exemption VAT returns Excellent excel skills Ability to explain complex rules to members of the finance team and other departments Ability to work under pressure, identify and resolve complex problems, and prioritise workload effectively.

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: 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


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