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Director of Finance & Business Services

About the role

Capital Theatres is Scotland’s largest independent theatre organisation and charity. As proud operator of three of Scotland’s busiest and most cherished theatre venues in Edinburgh; the Festival Theatre, the King’s Theatre and The Studio, we stage over 700 world-class shows to entertain in excess of 500,000 people per year and inspire audiences of all ages across a broad and inclusive programme featuring the very best in drama, dance, musical theatre, live music, comedy, children’s’ and pantomime.

Much of our programme is exclusive to our venues in Scotland, providing the only opportunity for audiences to see the biggest shows touring north of the border, the best in international contemporary dance and the latest productions from leading local and national companies.

During the summer months our stages are the heart of the Edinburgh Festivals in the world’s leading festival city. The Festivals provide a focus for pioneering new voices and artforms and a celebration of artistic collaboration that continues throughout the year. We support access to the arts for everyone and have an extensive creative engagement programme of workshops, arts activities and events to introduce and develop community participation and interest in everything we do inside our theatres, outside and online.

Passion is at the heart of what we do, our people make our environment and inspire us every day to truly make a difference to the audience and communities we serve. We believe this sets us apart and we are proud of our inclusive culture.

The Opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a new Director of Finance & Business Services.

This is a fantastic time to join Capital Theatres as we emerge out of a prolonged period of lockdown with a new strategy and a new zest for life.  There is real opportunity to positively contribute to the performing arts sector and broader culture in Scotland. Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented both our sector and our organisation over the last year we remain resilient and on a stable financial footing.

The Director of Finance & Business Services will report directly to the CEO, and along with the Executive Team, will play a key role in developing both organisational strategy and operational improvement, including supporting the funding and cashflow management of the redevelopment of the King’s Theatre. This project is a substantial undertaking for the Trust and is required to ensure one of Scotland’s oldest and most loved theatres remains accessible and fit for purpose for 21st century audiences and producers.

With a thirst for data driven insight, the  post holder will enjoy drilling into data and providing the Executive Team with strong business intelligence and analysis, supporting the organisation in making informed business decisions.

Operating both strategically and operationally, responsibilities include strategic financial planning and governance for the organisation, including the role of Company Secretary, as well as management of the Trustee Finance & Risk Committee, ensuring all statutory and fiduciary responsibilities are met. Operationally they will deliver the day to day financial control environment,  minimising risk and ensuring robust underlying accounting records for all aspects of activity.

The successful applicant will be an inspirational leader, supporting the direct team to deliver of their best, whilst representing our organisational values at all times (Consideration, Collaboration, Professionalism) and building a sense of cohesive teamwork across the organisation.

In addition, the Director of Finance and Business Services will lead a variety of wider business services including HR, IT and Procurement.

Implicit is an absolute commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity, representative of the communities Capital Theatres serve in the City of Edinburgh and beyond. As a key member of the Executive, and prominent external advocate of the organisation, the post holder also has responsibility to advocate CT’s role in its civic duty to the city, it’s strategic place in the sector and in building sustainable public and private stakeholder relationships across the city.

Experience & Skills Required

You will be an experienced and inspiring finance leader with a proven track record in managing and motivating high performing, collaborative teams. You will have an appreciation of the arts, and a passion for people. Equally comfortable developing strategy at Executive Team level as well as delving in operationally to deliver against the day to day accounting deadlines.

You will also possess the following;

  • A recognised professional financial qualification and substantial finance leadership experience, with a proven track record as a successful senior finance professional
  • A track record of developing and improving management information through the use of data driven insight, analytics tools and processes
  • Experience and knowledge of management accounts, Charities SORP, cashflow and year end accounting
  • Experience leading and/or supporting high-level organisational decision-making
  • Solid experience of business management, including demonstrable skills in risk analysis, forecasting and problem solving
  • Experience of assessing commercial contracts and it would be desirable to have any capital development and fundraising experience
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a leadership team
  • Experience of working with and reporting to a voluntary Board of Trustees
  • Ability to act as a powerful advocate externally on behalf of the theatres

For information on how to apply, full detail on responsibilities, and experience requirements please download the candidate brochure by clicking here.

For more information please send a CV to to arrange a confidential discussion.