Are you a qualified accountant with experience of reporting for major projects? Are you able to convey financial information to non-financial colleagues in a clear way?
The Science Museum Group (SMG) is the world’s leading group of science museums. We share our unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine with over five million visitors to our five museums each year.
You can find out more about working for us on our website.The National Railway Museum (NRM) is home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance. It is dedicated to igniting our visitors’ curiosity about the people, places and engineering marvels behind the railways. The museum is currently engaged in a six-year transformation programme, Vision 2025, that will create a global engineering powerhouse and a reinvented, 21st-century attraction, with new buildings, galleries and public spaces.Our finance team are motivated to be trusted financial advisors, business experts and influential voices in the wider organisation. To achieve this, we take an interest in our museum partners and their activities, help them to make the best use of our Group’s financial resources and encourage them to be self-reliant in their engagement with our finance systems and processes.
About the role
You will lead financial activity across your dedicated departments, group wide. Liaising with stakeholders from Curatorial, Learning, Digital and Communications teams, your focus will be to support the management of budgets and to meet objectives efficiently and effectively.
You will also provide colleagues with advice, forecasting and insight as they realise future activities and assist them to make convincing cases for investment. This will involve working with both internal and external funders. Along with this, for a small portion you will be assisting with similar finance tasks from across the group’s other museums and functions.This position offers the flexibility to work in a hybrid way, however given the placement of your key stakeholders, you will still be required to be visit the York site on a regular weekly basis.
Download the Vacancy Information Pack file under ‘Attachments’ on this vacancy listing on the Science Museum Group website for more details about the role and the application process.
Joining us, you will hold relevant accounting qualification (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA) that allows you to understand, sense check and challenge financial information when reported. You have the ability to analyse data and present it to colleagues in a simple and appropriate way, as well as the ability to assess business performance critically and commercially.
You will have excellent communication skills and ability to connect with others, to provide financial advice and input with a range of different stakeholders. You will have a true partnering approach, whilst also planning in detail significant pieces of work and to deliver to your plans, setting clear expectations for yourself and others.
Don’t feel you meet all the criteria? We welcome you to apply even if your experience doesn’t match perfectly. With your transferable skills, you could be the right candidate for this, or other opportunities that we have.
What we offer
Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we offer up to 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; a support with personal and professional development; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; and enhanced support for things that happen in life such as parental and adoption leave, sickness and career breaks.
‘Open for All’ is one of the Science Museum Group’s five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. As a national museum group, we have an ability to reach a wide and diverse population of audiences, colleagues and partners through our geography and scale.
We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation and ultimately will be able to inspire more futures. We therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.