Director of Finance and Operations

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Art/Associations

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 21/06/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: c. £80,000 per annum


This is a truly exciting opportunity for an exceptional senior finance professional to become the Director of Finance and Operations for the world’s leading design museum and European Museum of the Year 2018.

The Director of Finance and Operations will play a key role in the continued success of the Design Museum as the only place in the UK where the design industry, education and the public can come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future.

Reporting into one of the Co-Directors of the museum, the Director of Finance and Operations will be responsible for, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Risk Management, Governance and Facilities Management and act as a key member of the Directorate and the Management Team, providing strategic insight and leadership to the museum.  The role is central to the review and delivery of the museum’s strategy and will help ensure the museum has a commercially viable and sustainable operating model.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant, and will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to operate at Board level and to work in collaboration with Trustees and colleagues;
  • Understanding and experience of strategic risk management, finance audit and internal controls
  • A proactive, enabling and enthusiastic approach

We are seeking a confident, dynamic and engaging individual with excellent communication skills and confidence to operate at the highest levels. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual and we welcome applications from experienced Directors of Finance and Operations as well as those seeking a progressive step change.

We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Arts, Charity and Commercial sectors. An appreciation of the economic challenges facing charities in the arts sector would be advantageous.

Key Timings:

  • Closing date for applications: 7th July 2019  – please submit your CV with a supporting statement to via this advert
  • 1st Interview dates:  Tuesday 23rd July
  • 2nd Interview dates: Thursday 1st August

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to  by Sunday 7th July. For an informal discussion regarding the roles, please don’t hesitate to contact Bryony Feeney on 0203 5428393 or

Alternatively, please visit our dedicated microsite for further information: 

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London, SW1Y 6RJ

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