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FINANCE DIRECTOR (maternity cover)

With its 40-week programme and often over 80 orchestral and chamber performances each year, Southbank Sinfonia is one of Britain’s busiest chamber orchestras. In order to achieve ambitious artistic plans each year, the organisation must operate on secure systems and foundations, and be exceptionally diligent and strategic in all financial matters.

A member of senior management, the Finance Director takes a key role in the strategic management of the orchestra, ensuring the financial propriety of the organisation, providing support to the Managing Director and Board of Trustees on all matters relating to financial management and governance. They act as Company Secretary to the charity itself, its wholly-owned trading subsidiary Southbank Sinfonia Ventures Ltd, and its sister charity, Southbank Sinfonia Foundation, established in 2016 to support the charitable aims and Business Plan of the orchestra in the years to come.

Key areas of responsibility include financial strategy and systems, audit, compliance with Companies House and the Charity Commission, payroll and overseeing HR with the Managing Director. To this end, the Finance Director is vital in helping to ensure the security and ongoing stability of Southbank Sinfonia. The Finance Director reports to the Managing Director, and line manages the Administration Manager.

We are now looking for an experienced, trustworthy and hardworking individual to fulfil this role when our current Finance Director is on maternity leave from October/November 2018.

Click here for the complete job brief, person specification and details of how to apply. 

The closing date for applications is midday Monday 6 August 2018.

If you are interested in applying but would like to find out more first or have any questions, please send any queries to Jan Bonar, Finance Director, Southbank Sinfonia on jan[AT]southbanksinfonia[DOT]co[DOT]uk.

 Thank you for your interest in the role.


Applications for Southbank Sinfonia 2019 are now closed. Recruitment for 2020 will begin in Summer 2019. Find out more here.

Work experience

Southbank Sinfonia helps young musicians embark on successful careers in music. We are also very happy, where possible, to help young people take a first step in arts administration.

We are occasionally able to offer short work experience opportunities to recent graduates, or individuals studying at university or college, who are particularly interested in pursuing a career in music administration. Candidates may have the opportunity to shadow our operations team as they organise the orchestra’s daily ventures, or support other members of the administrative team on activities relating to education and outreach, marketing or fundraising.

Though unpaid, this experience may prove a useful addition to your CV when applying for jobs. Opportunities may arise lasting a day, a week, or sometimes longer on specific projects and usually take place at our base in central London and/or at our performance venues between January and October, the orchestra’s annual season.

If you are interested in applying, please email an up-to-date CV detailing your education, any relevant experience and accomplishments, together with a covering letter that outlines your career aspirations and what an opportunity like this could offer you, to Peter Smith, Administration Manager at peter[AT]southbanksinfonia[DOT]co[DOT]uk. Please also give an indication of your availability in the coming months. Our busy schedule means that work experience placements are limited throughout the year, but your details will be kept on file so we can consider you when the next opportunity arises.