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26 Jan 2024

Full-Time Financial Controller

HarryH – Posted by HarryH Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description

Three Bridges Recruitment is delighted to be recruiting for a prestigious Edinburgh based organisation for a highly motivated and skilled individual to join the team as its Financial Controller on a permanent, full-time basis.


This employer is the charitable organisation responsible for overseeing the creation and running of the first purpose-built music and performance space in Edinburgh for more than a century. This all-purpose performance venue will have at its heart a world-class auditorium offering the very best in modern acoustics in a flexible setting for all kinds of music and performance.

This landmark building will become home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival; it will be a vibrant, creative hub that teems with life all day, matching the vibrancy and diversity of three weeks in August in a year-round offer. Designed to slot into a bustling city centre site fringed by heritage buildings, its 1,000-seat auditorium, bars, workshop rooms and recording facilities will host a diverse programme that combines classical, pop, rock, folk, jazz, spoken word and electronica. Its innovative and wide-reaching community engagement programme will connect artists, audiences and communities in year-round opportunities for lifelong learning.

As the enabling works on site near their completion, this building is looking towards its four-year construction period, which is expected to begin later this year. The Financial Controller would therefore be joining the team at an exciting time, as this long-awaited prospect becomes a reality. The team is expected to grow with the building, and the right candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a developing organisation that is helping to shape Edinburgh’s cultural future.

Why work here?

  • You’ll be working on one of the biggest cultural projects in Scotland
  • An opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the organisation’s growth & development
  • Working closely with the CEO & a high-profile board
  • Agile organisation with a start-up mentality


As Financial Controller, you will play a pivotal strategic role while actively engaging in day-to-day hands-on financial management to drive the organisation’s success. Responsibilities include:

  • Acting as a key member of the Executive Team, working closely with the CEO to manage the organisation’s finances
  • Attending board meetings and sub-committees
  • Responsible for long & short-term financial forecasting, cash flow management & financial analysis
  • Managing business planning cycles, providing data & analytics for decision-making, this is supported by the Operations Manager for monthly invoices & payments
  • Working with the project team on construction forecasts, reviewing budget variances
  • Responsible for treasury management & financial reporting
  • Managing invoice processing, payroll & cost control
  • Developing financial procedures
  • Handling financial information for funding applications
  • Ensuring VAT compliance
  • Preparing for year-end reporting, supporting the auditors & ensuring statutory compliance


As Financial Controller you will be skilled in the following:

  • Qualified Accountant
  • Skilled finance leader with experience in large-scale/multi-million pound projects, contributing to strategic leadership
  • Expertise in long-range financial planning
  • Capable of handling both accounting & strategic tasks
  • A background in construction, venues, or capital projects would be advantageous
  • A knowledge of charity accounting would be beneficial as would experience in the cultural sector
  • Highly organised, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about the project
  • Skilled in prioritising, adhering to budgets, deadlines, and targets with meticulous attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively with the team
  • Proven ability to communicate with various external stakeholders
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How to Apply

Applications Please attach a copy of your CV when applying, along with a covering letter explaining why you would like to work here and how you believe your skills fit the requirements of the role. Please aim for your CV to be no longer than two pages. Pre-application conversations are welcomed. If you would like to discuss the role or the company in advance of applying, please contact me. If you have any disability that prevents you from following the application process as described, please contact the office for a confidential conversation. This organisation is committed to equality 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 or sexual orientation. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and from all sectors. We are particularly committed to supporting applications individuals from backgrounds or social groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries. 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 Equality Act 2010. If you require any access support if selected for interview or require further information (including requests for printed forms or access support), please contact us in the first instance.

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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