Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK's top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.
The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to four Resident Orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and four Associate Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain).
We are looking for an experienced and proactive Finance Business Partner to provide an expert business partner service to Southbank Centre’s Artistic departments, supporting them in their decision making through analysis and other financial support. Managing all areas of artistic income and expenditure activity for the organisation, including monthly reporting, annual budgeting and cashflow forecasting, the Finance Business Partner works closely with the rest of the team to improve the quality of information and processes in relation to artistic areas and identify and work on financial and business issues arising from artistic activity.
As Finance Business Partner (Artistic) you will offer clear communication and in-depth support by building and maintaining excellent relationships with the Artistic, Production, Visitor Experience, and Ticketing teams; ensuring the Executive Director, Arts and Director of Arts Administration, and cost centre budget holders are supported on all financial issues. Responsible for delivering monthly management accounting and other reporting for all Artistic cost centres and preparing post-evaluations of events and exhibitions using ticketing and financial data, you will strive to continually improve the quality and timeliness of financial information, both to budget holders and the executive team. You will support the Artistic team with planning and forecasting throughout the annual budgeting process, and be confident in your ability to critically evaluate their assumptions to ensure that a robust and realistic budget is set for all Artistic cost centres, which delivers Southbank Centre’s artistic and financial objectives.
ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified, with experience of working in a management accounting or business partnering role; the ideal candidate will have excellent skills in line managing and developing people and enjoy working as part of a productive team. We are looking for someone who is flexible in approach but firm when necessary, who can work on their own initiative and thrives when thinking and acting proactively. With excellent communication and influencing skills, you will be confident in your ability to build an effective network of working relationships across the organisation and be able to communicate financial issues to non-finance staff at all levels from our Executive team to administrative assistants. You will have outstanding report writing and IT skills and be fluent in generally accepted accounting principles and accounts preparation, including having complete confidence with double entry, accruals, and creating and amending journals.
We present work for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background or those who are Deaf or disabled as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments for this role please indicate this on your application form and we will be in touch with you.
By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work - and the pace and scale can be breathtaking. This is a remarkable place to work and our people require the ability to work in The Southbank Centre Way - to think, act and learn with speed and agility.