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Finance Director

Northern Ballet has recently appointed a new leadership team with Federico Bonelli in place as Artistic Director, David Collins in position as Executive Director, and Guy Perricone as Chair. The last two to three years have been challenging for most arts organisations, but having come through Covid we have a strong foundation and exciting new leadership to take the company on to new heights of success. The Finance Director will be a crucial member of the new leadership team, joining a world class ballet company as it enters a new era.

The Role

  • Location Based in Leeds – Hybrid working possible with minimum 2 days on site
  • Reports to Executive Director
  • Direct Reports: The Finance team is currently made up of 3 members:
    • Finance Manager
    • Northern Ballet Management Accountant
    • Finance Assistant Key
  • Relationships The Finance Director will work closely with the Executive Director, the Board and Senior Management team. The Finance Director will also liaise with the organisations who provide professional services for Northern Ballet
  • Purpose To work as part of the senior management team providing support and stewardship for financial matters

Key Responsibilities

  • To ensure the Company/Group has efficient and effective financial control and reporting mechanisms, including budgets, management accounts, statistics and cash flow forecasts
  • To prepare the annual budget with Executive Director and Heads of Department and to monitor progress against targets.
  • To prepare consolidated financial accounts and to liaise with the Company’s auditors; to ensure that the Northern Ballet group is compliant with changes in legislation and accounting standards
  • To maintain good relations with the Company’s main funders, its bankers, solicitors, insurance brokers, pension advisers, tax advisers and investment bankers
  • To oversee the provision of all financial services including payroll, income collections, creditor payments, banking, insurance, investment and to administer the pension arrangements on behalf of staff and, with the Executive Director, to be responsible for the Company pay structure
  • To be responsible for all necessary statutory returns including PAYE, VAT, Theatre Tax Relief, Film Tax Relief, Gift Aid, Corporation Tax, Companies House, National Statistics, Entrust and the Charities Commission
  • Contribute to the development of strategy for the Company
  • Maintain strong links to other finance professionals in the sector, sharing knowledge as appropriate
  • Keeping up to date with accounting, tax, regulatory and other relevant changes, ensuring your own continuing professional development and planning for any implications for Northern Ballet
  • Company Secretary of all group companies
  • To act as a Director of Info Display Limited and Northern Ballet Productions Limited

Person Specification

Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • FCA, ACA or CIMA qualified with strong technical accounting and tax skills experience
  • Experience in financial roles at a senior level, managing all aspects of running a finance function and dealing with a range of activities
  • Extensive experience of managing staff with the ability to lead, delegate effectively and motivate a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to convey financial concepts in laypeople’s terms
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships, through a genuine interest in people, creating effective partnerships with stakeholders at all levels both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and act with integrity, looking for ways to support Northern Ballet whilst remaining independent, objective and working within the bounds of all accounting standards and regulations
  • Experience of working with a non-executive board of trustees
  • The ability to work flexibly in a creative, fast moving environment and understand the importance of artistic risk taking and to respond to it positively
  • Lateral and creative thinking skills.


  • Positive, determined, energetic and resilient
  • Flexible and adaptable - an enthusiasm for rethinking accepted norms
  • Articulate and persuasive, both orally and in writing
  • The gravitas and presence to be able to inspire and motivate others both internally and externally and to carry credibility with all stakeholders
  • A good team player with the ability to get results through discussion, explanation, negotiation and appropriate compromise
  • A good listener
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills
  • Outgoing and self-motivated
  • A genuine and keen interest in the arts


  • Details can be found in the enclosed candidate brief
  • Closing date for applications Midday on Monday 12 December
  • First interviews will be held on 16 and 19 December.
  • Second round interviews will be in week commencing 2 January.

Download the full candidate brief