General Manager (Maternity Cover)

Submitted by chippingnortont... on August 15, 2017 - 15:54
Salary / Fee: 
£32,403 + relocation allowance if moving to area
Closing Date: 
Monday, 4 September, 2017

Chipping Norton Theatre is a restlessly busy and ambitious theatre and arts centre in the Cotswolds.
Bringing over 50,000 people every year to a town of little over 6,000, The Theatre delivers a yearround
programme of theatre, comedy, music, film and participatory activities for audiences across the
region. More recently, we have grown as a producing house, creating three major productions each
year and growing a stronger and more loyal audience as a result.

The Theatre, sited in a Victorian former Salvation Army Citadel, is a charming and warm environment
for this wide range of activities. In addition to the main 200+ seat auditorium, we have a range of
workshop and rehearsal spaces and a gallery exhibiting local and national artists. The Theatre has a
contracted staff of 17, and over 100 casuals and volunteers.

The Theatre currently produces three shows every year and are now regularly touring our work,
reviving old work and co-producing with other venues. Our yearly pantomime is a tradition for
ourselves and our community; including some customers who have attended every year since they

The position reports to the Theatre’s Director and Board, who collectively take responsibility for
leadership and The Theatre’s future direction, and sits within a Senior Management team of three.
There are three roles in direct support of the position: an external Accounts firm who are involved in
preparing the quarterly accounts, a Finance Assistant (4 days a week) and an Administrator (2.5 days a
week). There is also a finance sub group of the Board, who meet four times a year to assist and
monitor the finances. The organisation requires a steady hand to maintain its standards and to ensure
that it keeps moving forward internally and externally during the term of the Maternity cover.

Candidates should, in particular, have the appropriate level of skills and experience to take
responsibility for the financial reporting, accountability and financial security of an organisation with a
£1.2m turnover. This includes setting annual budgets, working with outsourced support to create
accurate and prompt quarterly management accounts and working with the finance assistant to
ensure the accurate accounting of income and expenditure across a varied programme. We currently
use SAGE Line 50 accounts software, which is operated by the Finance Assistant. Training will be
provided on reporting and the tasks likely to arise.

The role is a Senior Management post, expected, as part of a team, to help shape the business
strategy, creative vision for the venue and to engage closely with the management and development
of staff. The role also holds HR responsibility for the building. We are a friendly and welcoming,
continuously creative and passionate team that are looking for the right character to become a new
part of it.

This is a full time role – some flexibility on working hours may be required. We would welcome
applications from those with or without specific experience of working in the arts.

Closing date: 10:00 on Monday 4
th September 2017
Interviews: same week
Salary: £32,403.24 pa
Relocation Allowance: £1000
Contract: Fixed term, full time position with 20 days holiday, offered on an initial 10 month contract.
Start Date: A hand over with the existing post-holder is planned from mid October onwards. The full
time position may start any time from then and by the latest at the start of November.

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Contact Details: 

Jo Robinson
01608 649 101