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Finance and Commercial Director

This is an exciting time to be joining the Crafts Council and coincides with the launch of a new business plan.

Reporting to the Executive Director, The Finance and Commercial Director is responsible for ensuring the Crafts Council manages its resources effectively and exploits its potential for income generation; leading on two specific areas of commercial and cultural importance - market development and the magazine.


  • To contribute as a member of the Senior Management Team to the development and ongoing review of corporate strategy and delivery of the Crafts Council's business plan.
  • To oversee all financial, physical and commercial resources and deliver specific initiatives and activity which maximises the Crafts Council's income generation.
  • To ensure that effective systems are in place to enable staff and management to work together to make their best contribution to the Craft Council's work
  • To represent the Crafts Council and build on its network of stakeholders and partners.
  • In addition to management of the Finance and Commercial teams, lead on all HR, IT, Facilities and Legal activity.

The Successful Applicant

We are looking for a talented and ambitious Finance and Commercial Director to join a committed senior management team.

You must be a CCAB or CIMA fully qualified accountant with excellent leadership skills and proven experience of managing commercial and income generating activities.

You will manage the finances of the organisation and take responsibility for overseeing change and improvement in our accounting and management information systems whilst also supporting wider organisational cultural change.

You must be able to balance the needs of operating at a strategic level with the willingness to execute at a hands on level when required and consistently lead with a commercial mindset and an innovative approach.

Excellent communication skills with exceptional interpersonal skills are essential as is your ability to collaborate with colleagues at all levels.

Ideally you will have worked in a cultural or creative environment and have breadth of exposure to both commercial and charity organisations.

What is critical is your desire to fully contribute in a small yet complex creative organisation.

What's on offer

c£65,000 + benefits

Victoria Ward
Quote job ref: 13828438
+44 207 269 2266


Development Manager - Trusts & Foundations

Job Title                                 Development Manager, Trusts & Foundations

Reports to:                             Director Development

Key Relationships:                 Creative Programmes Director

                                              Development Manager, Patrons and Major Donors

                                              Prospect Researcher and Projects Officer

                                              All Crafts Council Managers

Salary:                                   £32,000 - £35,000 per annum

Hours:                                    Full time



The Crafts Council is the national agency for craft. We deliver a huge range of programmes across the UK, reaching an audience of over 3.5m a year, delivering talent development programmes that develop the next generation of makers and challenging perceptions around the potential of craft.

Our Development team secures the funding to ensure we can deliver our ambitious programme.

The Development Manager, Trusts and Foundations will join a seven strong team with an overall fundraising target of £800k in 2017/18.

The post holder will be responsible for all funding applications to trusts and statutory funders; working with our senior management team and Trustees to build and manage relationships with these supporters.



lead the delivery of the trusts and grants fundraising strategy, achieving our income targets and delivering high quality relationship management to our existing portfolio of supporters

Research, identify, prioritise and approach prospective relevant trusts and grant giving bodies to approach for funding



Job Description & Person Specification

Send your application to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by Wednesday 17th May 2017.  

To be considered for the role please submit a copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement explaining what attracts you to work at the Crafts council and provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the job. 

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