Financial Controller


Southbank Centre is looking to recruit a Financial Controller to lead the financial accounting and transactional teams. You will develop, maintain and embed appropriate financial systems, processes, controls and policies across the organisation to ensure the department provides a first-class service and acts as a collaborative partner across the organisation

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 festival of Britain.

The Financial Controller will report to the Finance Director, working in conjunction with the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis to lead a co-ordinated finance department.

The role will focus on the statutory accounts, system and internal controls, payroll and audit whilst providing oversight on the wider areas of the financial accounting team. You will also monitor and manage Southbank Centre cash flow; ensure the balance sheet accurately reflects the company’s assets, liabilities and reserves; monitor compliance with and provide information in respect of ACE and other funding obligations.

This role is best suited to an ambitious financial accountant or auditor with experience of leadership seeking a progressive move; but the role is also suited perfectly for a proven financial controller seeking a flexible part-time (3 days a week) senior finance role. Southbank Centre is looking to implement a new system in the future and there is scope for the post-holder to lead on the system implementation if they join on a full-time basis.

Applications from those leaving practice and seeking to take a step up are actively encouraged.

Key criteria

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA or equivalent
  • Understanding of charity accounting, including law, tax and VAT issues relevant to charities
  • Experience leading a team (5+), with a collegiate management style and strong communication skills
  • Experience of reviewing, implementing and improving financial controls

Southbank Centre is committed to ensuring the representation of people from all backgrounds regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, returning parents, carers or any other aspect which makes you unique.

Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply regardless.


Please contact Jake Morrow at Ivy Rock Partners directly to find out more.


  • Application deadline – Sunday 21 August
  • Interviews – week commencing 29 August