Head of Finance - The Arts

Job Title: Head of Finance - The Arts
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Package
Reference: BBBH73702
Contact Name: Tom Chadwick
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 06, 2020 16:05

Job Description

Head of Finance - Artist Studio

Artist studio require a high calibre Head of Finance to run the finance function and manage the personal finances of the artist.

This busy role will involve:

Management accounts

  • Provision of cashflow information to director
  • Preparation of management accounts
  • Analyse P&L expense categories to ensure accuracy of management account information
  • Deferred income schedules and reconciliation of accounts
  • Preparation of prepayment and accrual schedules, posting of journals and reconciliation


  • Input of all purchase invoices and sales invoices (e-filing)
  • Ensure trade creditors reconcile to purchase ledger and creditor accounts to supplier statements
  • Ensure trade debtors reconcile to sales ledger
  • Reconciliation of bank accounts across 3 entities
  • Intercompany account reconciliation
  • Equivalent book-keeping in respect of the proprietor's income and outgoings, assets and liabilities
  • Credit control


  • Maintain relationship with company accountants and ensure flow of information
  • Preparation of the quarterly VAT returns, monthly EC sales lists and Intrastats
  • Ongoing monitoring of export deadlines and the associated supporting documentation (90 day rule) for VAT purposes
  • Oversight and management of supplier user accounts
  • Collate information required for proprietor's personal tax return, HMRC queries
  • maintenance of petty cash and ensure its reconciliation to bank and BS
  • monitor and maintain records for all company credit cards and debit cards
  • analysis of proprietor's ad hoc expenditure and compensation when required
  • staff expenses (and processing the same)
  • ad hoc tasks regarding payments and financial matters in respect of proprietor's personal requirements
  • Liaison with relevant studio (and proprietor household) staff on invoices received and follow-up on the approval/validity for payment
  • Process all payments within creditor terms and according to company policy
  • ad hoc requests from director, proprietor and/or accountants

Skills Specification

  • Ideally qualified/finalist accountant - ACA, ACCA or CIMA
  • Knowledge of the package Xero would be highly advantageous
  • Knowledge of tax deductibility of common/standard types of expenditure
  • Desire and ability to understand all aspects of the business and its bigger picture
  • High standards of written communication: clear and concise with good spelling and grammar
  • Highly organized, self-starter with a professional approach to all aspects of work
  • Confident and able to drive matters and projects forward with minimum of guidance
  • Respectful of other demands on the proprietor's and director's time
  • Motivated to always secure the best deal for the business and proprietor, within reason
  • Ability to fit seamlessly into an environment which is both artistic and commercial

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.