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Finance Director

Colchester, Essex
£45,000 – £50,000 pro-rata
22.5 hours per week, permanent

Firstsite is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in a stunning, award winning Gallery in Colchester, Essex. Since opening in 2011, Firstsite has welcomed over a million visitors. Firstsite has established its reputation for being an art Gallery of regional and national importance especially through its work bringing internationally significant artworks to very diverse audiences.

This pivotal role, working closely with the Chief Operations Officer and the broader senior management team, you will support Firstsite’s business planning and lead on its financial strategy. You will lead on all financial and treasury arrangements and support the COO with key contractual arrangements and governance. You will be responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the finance team and the finances of Firstsite, ensuring a proactive financial support service across all aspects of the organisation.

In particular, the Finance Director will take a leading role in producing, maintaining and reviewing the four-year financial model to support the delivery of our strategic aims. Producing annual budgets and regular forecasts – this will include a priority on ensuring the rapid improvements of our income generation performance across commercial activity.

To succeed in this role you will ideally be fully qualified ACA/CIMA/ACCA, or working towards this, and will demonstrate extensive financial expertise and business acumen, with experience in leadership roles at senior manager level. You will have excellent analytical skills and be proficient in communicating financial data to a broad range of stakeholders.

Please note that Firstsite is an Equal Opportunities Employer and recognises the great benefit in having a diverse workforce with different backgrounds.


Intelligent Working

Our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a balanced lifestyle and we offer flexible working arrangements which could include, annualised hours, early or late starts to fit around other commitments, shorter working days, etc. We are happy to discuss your own requirements in more detail, should that be of interest.


Firstsite’s commitment to inclusion

We pride ourselves on being a place where your individuality is valued; you can be yourself and still achieve your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results

to our objectives. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective, are important to us.

At Firstsite, we recognise that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand and appreciate that those with experience who have taken a career break still have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment.


Applying with a disability

Firstsite is proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss with your recruitment contact any reasonable adjustments to our Recruitment Process that you may require.


How to apply for this role

To apply for the role, please send your cv and a covering letter – no more than two sides of A4 that states how your qualifications, experience and skills match the criteria listed in the job description.

Please send applications to [email protected], together with a completed Equal Opportunities Form.


Deadline for applications is 5:00pm, 21st August 2020.


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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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