Director of Finance & Resources
Manchester International Festival & The Factory
Competitive package commensurate with experience

“A showcase for homegrown and international art in this former industrial capital, it is unique in Britain for its interdisciplinary reach.” A.J. Goldmann, The New York Times, 11 July 2019

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The biennial festival commissions, produces and presents world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen and Marina Abramović to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, staged in a rich tapestry of venues from theatres, galleries, railway depots, and car parks, making it one of the most radical and important arts festivals today.

MIF will also be the operator for The Factory, the new world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester, designed by internationally-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. Due to open in 2021, The Factory will commission, present and produce a year-round programme, featuring new work from the world’s greatest artists and offering a space to make, explore and experiment. Attracting up to 1 million visitors, The Factory will add £1.1 billion to the economy and create 1,500 jobs. Its pioneering programme of skills, training and engagement will benefit local people and the next generation of creative talent from across the city, whilst apprenticeships and trainee schemes are already underway during the construction phase.

MIF are looking for a Director of Finance & Resources who will work with the Executive Director on the development of the Five-Year Strategic Business Plan and be the Executive Lead for the Finance and Administration teams, identifying potential operating efficiencies and improvements in reporting, systems and controls.

The Role

• Use your financial expertise to significantly contribute to the strategic development of the new organisation, which combines both the Festival and Factory.

• Lead, manage and motivate the finance and administration functions, delivering insightful financial reporting and robust planning and analysis, and adherence to all statutory obligations.

• Be the financial representative of MIF and Factory to the stakeholders including Manchester City Council and Arts Council England.

The Candidate

• An experienced and qualified finance professional with a track record of leading finance functions through organisational change. Bringing a broad base of finance and project management skills.

• Prior leadership experience within a large venue (ideally arts based) would be highly desirable.

• The credibility and communication skills to manage multiple, diverse, stakeholders.

• The ability to manage multiple projects in a dynamic and evolving organisation.

Guidance for Applicants

MIF is committed to equality for everyone and we encourage you to apply no matter what your age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

MIF is an inclusive employer. We value difference and recruit by merit based on fair and open competition. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and from all sectors.

We are particularly committed to supporting applications from Disabled/Deaf people and those from diverse backgrounds. We will support any access requirements you may have during the recruitment process and ensure that reasonable adjustments are in place as required by the Single Equalities Act 2010.

How to Apply

Should you wish to apply, please email a CV and cover letter to

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners:

Amy Parkinson, Associate Partner

+44 161 498 3423 / +44 7811 976 332

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