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        Chief Financial Officer

        Job number BT-CFO-C


        Up to £90,000






        Hybrid: Kensington, London (3 days a week)

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        We are looking to appoint our first Chief Financial Officer to help drive change across the Design Museum, to lead its financial strategy and enhance its financial stability enabling us to realise our ambitions to be the world’s leading design museum.

        It’s an exciting time join the Design Museum’s senior leadership team.

        We have recently set out our vision and five-year strategy that focuses on how we can realise the transformative potential of design. Over the past two years we have substantially increased programming throughout our landmark building which is buzzing with energy and purpose. We have established Future Observatory as the national centre for design research for the green transition and been accorded IRO status in record time, the first independent museum to be recognised in this way.

        As part of the dynamic senior leadership team, the CFO will work closely with the board and CEO/Director to drive change across the organization. This role will be responsible for leading financial strategy, leading strategic thinking about future income generation, and enhancing the organisation’s financial and operational stability to enable the museum to realise its ambitions. Leading the Finance and People teams this role has the key levers to shape the future of the museum.

        The successful candidate will be a fully qualified accountant and be able to demonstrate:

        • Proven experience in a leadership role;
        • Experience at Board level and ability to work in collaboration with Trustees and colleagues;
        • Understanding and experience of strategic risk management, finance audit and internal controls

        This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual. We are looking for an inspiring and engaging leader with a highly strategic, financially and commercially astute mind, strong innovation and commercial flair with excellent business and negotiating skills. You will have proven leadership experience in a multifaceted organisation where the management of operational excellence has been integral to the success of the organisation. You will have an understanding of and interest in the opportunities to grow organisational success through appropriate strategies for people development as well as the ability to ensure a supportive and inspiring working environment.

        Please see the full Job Description and Person specification for a full list of responsibilities. If you feel you have the skills and experience to succeed in this role we very much look forward to hearing from you.

        Please submit your CV, with a supporting statement describing why you would be the best person to join this team and make the Design Museum the best it can be.

        To find out more about the role and benefits on offer, please view our dedicated candidate pack.

        Recruitment timings

        • Application deadline: Sunday 14th July, midnight
        • Shortlisting: approx. 18th July
        • First stage interviews: w/c 22nd July
        • Second stage interviews: w/c 29th July

        To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to For an informal conversation about the role please contact Bryony Thomas via the Allen Lane agency website.

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        Recruiting for this role:

        Bryony Thomas (nee Feeney)

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