Finance Director

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Charity

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 09/09/2020

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £70,000 - £75,000 per annum


The Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century. Based in London at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonia creates thrilling performances for a global audience. Through its network of residencies, the Orchestra has a national footprint, serving communities across England both in performance and through its extensive outreach and engagement programme. The Philharmonia is a self-governing orchestra; our world-class players own the Orchestra and are at the centre of its creativity.

Founded in 1945, in part as a recording orchestra for the nascent home audio market, today the Philharmonia uses the latest digital technology to reach new audiences for symphonic music. With a new CEO and Chair coming on board, and Santtu-Matias Rouvali taking over as Principal Conductor next year, the orchestra is poised to enter a new period of artistic and organisational excellence.

The Philharmonia are looking for a dynamic and passionate Finance Director to join the organisation at an exciting period of transition and renewal, both artistically and in terms of governance and management.

The new Finance Director will play a pivotal role in the future success of the Orchestra. The Finance Director is accountable for the day to day operational control of the Philharmonia, providing leadership and management both as a member of the SMT and to the Philharmonia’s financial activities and key operational areas. Financial responsibilities include all statutory reporting, management accounting, financial planning, and managing the Orchestra’s Risk Register. It requires a highly-skilled individual who can balance the pragmatic, hands-on elements required to work in a charity of this size (average turnover, £11 million) and the strategic abilities to work closely with the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team to help plan for the future with intelligence and adaptability. Elements of this role will require both financial and operational skills and you will be ready to understand all aspects of the business and add value across the organisation.

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

  • Proven experience in a leadership role;
  • Experience at Board level and ability to work in collaboration with Players, Trustees and colleagues;
  • Understanding and experience of strategic risk management, finance audit and internal controls

This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual.  We are seeking a confident, dynamic and engaging individual with excellent communication skills and confidence to operate at the highest levels. You will be a highly-qualified individual who is insightful, diligent and collegial; we are looking for someone who is comfortable working in a mixed economy model but with keen commercial instincts. Please see the job description for a fuller list of responsibilities.

You don’t need to have a background in music, but we hope you have an affinity for what the Philharmonia does best, creating world-class musical experiences and finding new audiences. The new Finance Director of the Philharmonia will have a key part to play in making this happen. If you feel you have the skills and experience to succeed in this role we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Recruitment Timetable

  • Application deadline, midnight: Sunday 6th September
  • Shortlisting: week commencing 14th September
  • Interviews: week commencing 21st September

To apply please send your CV and Supporting Statement to . For more information please visit and fo an informal conversation about the role, please contact Bryony Feeney at Allen Lane on 07921334625 /

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