Director, Head of Strategy

Job Title: Director, Head of Strategy
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £80000 - £89000 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH69901
Contact Name: Tom Chadwick
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 01, 2018 16:56

Job Description

Job Title: Director, Head of Strategy
Reports to: Chief Executive, with support from existing staff members
Salary: £80,000 to £89,000
Location: London, UK


We are seeking an experienced professional to join the Board of a London based arts management company in a newly created role dedicated to driving corporate strategy to advance business objectives. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director, Head of Strategy will in close collaboration with the Board lead the development and execution of mid- and long-range strategic initiatives designed to expand the company's offer to clients and increase the organisation's impact, profitability, and reach.

The successful candidate will have significant experience working in the field of international artist representation, a proven track record of leading and managing people, and demonstrable experience in a senior leadership role within an agency or consultancy in the performing arts or a related business. The post holder will also have experience creating and managing budgets, a broad network of contacts across various sectors of the music industry, and experience developing and engaging teams. Leadership skills are essential, as well as the ability to communicate across the organisation and externally, and the ability to think creatively. Expertise in marketing, communications and digital media are also highly desirable.


The Director, Head of Strategy will be responsible for designing and driving strategic initiatives that create value, capitalise on opportunities, and mitigate risks for the company and its clients. Principal duties include:

  • Working with the Chief Executive and Board to conceive, communicate, and implement strategic initiatives, creating new opportunities and areas of expansion for company and clients
  • Ensure strategic planning projects reflect organisational priorities/values and create long-term value for the company and shareholders
  • Broaden artist managers' areas of expertise to be able to provide a more comprehensive client experience. Develop enhanced social and environmental responsibility policy
  • Support the Chief Executive in various aspects of the company's governance, most especially strategic planning, marketing, operations, and business development
  • Expand the global network of contacts within and outside the performing arts industry, leading to value-added partnerships for the company and clients
  • Review ongoing profitability of new initiatives, with the flexibility to make adjustments as necessary
  • Working with the Chief Executive and Board to drive ongoing development and implementation of the company's strategic plan, as well as decisions that create mid- and long-term improvements to business operations
  • Lead implementation and monitor progress based on strategic plan milestones and within agreed budgets
  • Mobilise and manage teams charged with executing strategies and line-managing colleagues
  • Attend monthly Board and Senior Management meetings


  • Have extensive experience working in a senior leadership role within the classical music industry or a related business, ideally in an agency environment
  • Have a track record of leading organisation change, building and managing teams, and creating successful strategies that have contributed to growth
  • Have proven expertise in and understanding of artist career development and possess a broad network of contacts within and outside the performing arts industry. A high level of technological and digital literacy is essential, and experience in marketing and communications is a plus.
  • Demonstrate strong financial and entrepreneurial acumen with the ability to balance artistic flair with commercial return
  • Have excellent negotiation skills and a track record of brokering high-value relationships
  • Have demonstrable experience of working in international music markets, with particular focus on N. America, continental Europe and the Far East
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the needs and expectations of artists and promoters
  • Possess a knowledge of core classical repertoire
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be willing to travel both in the UK and abroad
  • Be highly motivated and well organised with excellent administrative skills
  • Have the ability to think clearly, quickly and creatively and to manage a complex and demanding work load under pressure

Please send CVs to The closing date for applications is 29th August 2018.

Please be aware that by applying for this role your data may be retained by Handle Recruitment and the company and processed in accordance with its data policy. For further details please see our website

Handle actively welcomes applicants from under-represented backgrounds

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 5 working days of sending your CV then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position you have applied for.