Chief Financial Officer


20th February 2023

Founded in 1906, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central) is a globally renowned institution of the theatrical and performing arts. An independent federal member of the University of London, we inspire, educate and train the performers, practitioners and change-makers of tomorrow to shape the future of theatre and the performing arts. Our areas of specialism cover performance (acting, voice, movement), creative, design and production (theatre practice), and drama and applied theatre.

Our Deputy Principal is stepping down from the post at Central. The Deputy Principal acts as the most senior finance person for the organisation, and we are now looking for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to fulfil this position. This is a newly configured, senior role reporting to the Principal and part of the Executive Leadership Team alongside the Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Students and Vice-Principal of Research and Knowledge Exchange. The post of CFO at Central is a significant strategic role that oversees the institution’s finances, and operations. They will work closely with the Principal on developing and delivering the Strategic Plan as well as financial planning and providing management and oversight of operational delivery across the institution. This role will be crucial in ensuring that Central remains a sectoral leader in specialist dramatic arts education, delivering high-quality academic and business-related results, the efficiency of operations, and innovative utilization of resources.

We are looking for an inspiring and highly motivated individual with experience of successful strategic leadership and operational management. The next CFO must have a high level of financial acumen with experience of managing large complex budgets as well as a strong track record of strategic financial planning, management, and accounting. It is important that candidates bring relevant experience of business and resource planning and strategy setting at a high level. The next CFO should be entrepreneurial, commercially minded, and able to spot opportunities and diversify income streams. As well as significant financial experience, the ideal candidate will also have had experience overseeing operations, HR, IT and/or estate management. They must have excellent leadership and team management skills with the ability to empower and support as well as work collaboratively and effectively with the rest of the Executive Leadership Team. Previous experience at a senior level in Higher Education and knowledge of the funding landscape and policy, sector awareness and relationships with key sector bodies is highly desirable.

For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit quoting reference 6323. The closing date for applications is 20th February 2023.

Central is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all individuals regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, LGBT+, and BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, and Ethnic) backgrounds in keeping with Central’s Strategic Plan and Workforce Diversity policies.

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