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Director of Finance Birmingham Museums Trust

Seize the chance to work with the talented and passionate team at Birmingham Museums Trust, providing key financial leadership and strategy to an incredible organisation which engages with its community through relevant and meaningful stories across its nine sites.

  • Location: Hybrid / Hot Desks across Birmingham Museum Sites
  • Salary: £70,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) is seeking a skilled Director of Finance to support their next strategic phase of growth, innovation and creativity. The next Director of Finance will support BMT as they drive forward change and support the presentation of their collections in new and exciting ways.

Who we are

Birmingham Museums oversees the running and operation of nine sites across Birmingham. These are:

Birmingham Museums Trust has an enviable reputation within the heritage community. The Trust have an incredible track record of engaging with schools and their rich and diverse communities, achieved through the fantastic wealth of collections exhibited at each of their sites, which tell the stories of the people of Birmingham and the surrounding area from the recent and distant past. At its core, the purpose of the collections, and buildings which house them, is to use stories to make these collections come alive to every visitor walking through their doors today.

Led by an inspirational executive and two forward-thinking Co-CEOs, their vision is clear: To ensure that history is for all and that all voices are heard at the table, and represented in their stories and collections.

About the role

Reporting to the Co-CEOs, the Director of Finance will provide outstanding financial and business partnering support, which will in turn enable the delivery of BMT’s strategic goals. Versed in devising long-term strategic financial and operational planning as well as short-term financial management, you will be able to partner with and support the leadership team to ensure that the most impact is achieved.

With scrupulously high standards, you will drive the quality and transparency of financial management and reporting. You will also maintain high financial confidence across BMT, both internally and with its partners and at Board level. The Director of Finance will secure robust financial controls and uphold an already excellent

framework around which the financial operation of the organisation sits. Leading on the annual budgeting and forecasting, you will balance operational requirements with financial rigour. Alongside the Co-CEOs, you will agree on core budgets and deliver on financial plans.

As a team leader possessing the skills required for collaborative vision leadership, you will work hard to cultivate a fulfilling working environment for the finance staff and all other members of the wider team. You will provide effective line management to the finance team, agreeing and reviewing annual performance objectives.

As a qualified Chartered Accountant, you will have experience in clearly articulating financial matters and translating this across all levels of the business and to a variety of stakeholders.

Who we are looking for

Joining this fantastic team of engaged individuals, the next Director of finance must have highly developed communication and interpersonal skills. Adept at people management with the ability to contribute and drive the positive and engaging work culture at BMT. Skilled at developing and leading highly motivated diverse teams, you must be comfortable with operations in an environment of trust and openness.

The next Director of Finance must act with a high degree of personal integrity, in a diverse and rich cultural environment. Gaining trust and respect, the team will look to you to lead everyone on a journey towards a joint goal.

With a sound understanding of planning and delivering on all financial matters, you will bring an understanding of these key functions around finance:

  • Charity Legislation
  • Corporate governance
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance
  • Finance and Cash Management
  • Procurement

With experience at Board level, you must be comfortable with presenting to boards and with the ability to develop strategy and present business plans. The next Director of Finance must also have experience operating at a senior level and be adept at bringing their influence and skills to the executive function of a similar organisation. A high EQ and a demonstrable track record of building, developing a team, and leading high-performing teams will be advantageous.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rebekah Abbott

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Welcome from the Co-CEO

Welcome,

The fact I’ve opened this letter with ‘Welcome’ and not dear prospective candidates, should give you an instant insight into what it might be like to work here at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT). As you read on you’ll see some information which is important for you to read so that you can understand the finance and governance make-up of BMT but most importantly you should know that this is a museum trust like no other, and we only plan to push that further forward – and our Director of Finance needs to be on board with that.

Since our appointment just over three years ago, both I and my Co-CEO Sara Wajid (yes we’re CEOs and yes we job-share) have set out to radically transform Birmingham Museums Trust into a place of hope, solidarity and social Trust and belonging. With a collection of 9 museums and historic properties, BMT is the cultural linchpin for Birmingham and it’s our job as a trust to meaningfully connect with as many of the wonderfully diverse people of Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond as possible.

We’re looking for an experienced finance senior leader (who understands charities but doesn’t have to come from museums) to join our Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Our SLT is responsible for the charitable trust & company limited by guarantee – BMT; some members are also executive directors of our trading subsidiary – Birmingham Museums Trading Limited. With a total cumulative annual turnover of around £12 million and expenditure of a similar amount, our new Director of Finance will lead a nimble (5-6 strong) finance team to realign and deliver on our transactional, statutory and transformational finance needs.

Having recently been the subject of a comprehensive independent finance and governance review, we know many of the areas we need to improve on –strategic and financial planning and priorities for financial management. We’re expecting our Director of Finance to have robust experience in implementing change but to approach BMT with a willingness to also embrace the dynamism and pace which keeps us relevant and afloat. If the phrase “good enough for now and safe enough to try” is uncomfortable for you, then this is not going to be the role for you.

Our SLT is diverse and we have firm aspirations to work to make the wider organisation more diverse. We’re supportive of hybrid working but it’ll be essential that you can regularly work in Birmingham. We’re all human and we work on trust, transparency and radical candour – we simply don’t have the time not to be honest with each other when it matters.

Aside from our recent governance and finance review, we intend to embark on a period of change and business planning (some work of which has already commenced) this work intends to ensure that we have a robust operating model for the longer term. With around 40% of our funding derived from Birmingham City Council via a Contract for the provision of Museum Services and 10% from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation NPO) – we must work hard to ensure that the remaining 50% of our income is deliverable, and growing where possible.

In short, if you’re up for a challenge but within a supportive, transformational team who are genuinely set on changing the culture of museums for the better, for Birmingham and beyond – then I’d suggest applying or speaking more to the team at Peridot Partners.

Take care,

Zak Mensah

About the Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums is a charitable trust that cares for the collection of over 1 million objects and nine museums on behalf of the City Council and the people of Birmingham.

 

They bring people’s stories alive through exhibitions, special events and activities. They are proud to put inclusivity at the heart of their work. Birmingham Museums Trust is for everyone, and they offer many ways for you to get involved. Whether it is volunteering your time, improving your well-being or exploring a community-led exhibition they hope you find a way to engage with the museum.

The Conservation Department is responsible for the care of Birmingham’s large and important collections that range from art to archaeology and from industry to ethnography.

Collections: Like most museums only a small percentage of the collections are on display at any one time as they simply do not have the space to display everything. The conservation teamwork across the Museums nine sites, with a focus on the Museum’s Collection Centre where the majority of the collections are housed. They care for their collections in two ways. Firstly, they try to ensure that they store and display them in such a way as to minimise deterioration by controlling factors such as light, humidity and insects, they call this collections care. They also treat objects by cleaning and stabilising them so that they can be enjoyed by their visitors, they call this conservation.

 

The 20/20 Project:  Birmingham Museums Trust is a partner of the University of the Arts London Decolonising Arts Institute 20/20 project: an ambitious 3-year programme combining artist residencies with artistic commissioning at scale, funded by funding from Freelands Foundation, Arts Council England and UAL. 20/20 is bringing together 20 emerging artists of colour and 20 UK public art collections, leading to 20 new permanent acquisitions. BMT will be taking part in the second tranche of residencies, with artist applications opening in January 2023.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of objects are discovered, many by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding their past.

Collecting Birmingham is an NLHF-funded project to collect stories and objects that reflect real life in Birmingham over the last 70 years. Since 2015 the Museum has worked with hundreds of local people to collect objects and stories relating to faith, protest, growing up and working in Birmingham. Objects and stories collected as part of this project were showcased in the Collecting Birmingham: Who is Birmingham? Exhibition.

Their education programme offers a wide range of stimulating and memorable experiences for your school, all of which are designed to inspire and engage your students. Their offering to schools includes on-site sessions at five of their venues, outreach sessions with their new mobile planetarium, online sessions where they broadcast directly into your school, and a Museum in a Box loans service with over 200 loan boxes to choose from.

The StoryLab is a space in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery designated for testing and experimenting with new ways of displaying objects and artwork.

Learn more about the Birmingham Museums Trust

Accessibility information

At Birmingham Museums Trust, we want to ensure that everyone can access our museums in the way they need and enjoy the fantastic spaces and places we run.

For those with particular needs, we provide access information.

This information is available for each venue on their visit web pages or click here for further details.

This is supported by our Recruitment & Selection Policy, Equality & Diversity Policy, and Flexible Working Policy

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats, such as large print-only alternative formats are available.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Alison Maxwell | alison@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07498 071852

Rebekah Abbott | rebekah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 270749

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 1st May 2024
    First stage interviews (virtual): Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May 2024
    Second stage interviews (in person): Tuesday 21st May 2024


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