Managing Director

  • Job title – Managing Director
  • Role type – Full-time, Permanent
  • Location – Clerkenwell, London with some remote working supported
  • Hours – 40 hours per week 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday with daily one hour lunch break

Salary and Benefits 

  • Salary – £65,000 - £70,000 per annum depending on experience
  • Annual leave – 20 days, plus bank holidays, plus one additional day's annual leave for each year worked at Artangel. The office is closed between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, these days do not come out of your entitlement
  • Employer pension contribution – 5%
  • Reciprocal agreements with many galleries and museums for free entry, including special exhibitions, in the UK and internationally
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Application Dates 

  • Deadline for applications – midnight, 21 July 2022.
  • Interviews are either in person or on zoom.
  • 1st interview – Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July.
  • 2nd interview – Wednesday 3 August.

About Artangel

Commissioning without compromise, Artangel is open to the most challenging ideas and responsive to the rapidly shifting ambitions and expectations of artists and audiences alike. Artangel incubates and delivers exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

The team at Artangel contributes to this by being open to new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of doing things, and by working strategically we ensure that the full potential of all we do is realised.

Purpose of the Role

We are looking for a Managing Director to join Artangel in a vital role at the heart of the Senior Management Team. Working closely with and reporting to the Director, the Managing Director is responsible for the organisation’s administration, finances and resources.

The Managing Director will actively support the Director in realising their vision for the organisation, and in their work with artists, staff, the Board and key stakeholders (funders, patrons, and partners).

The Managing Director’s ability to understand and mitigate operational, organisational, and financial risks, formulating a course of action for the Director’s consideration and approval is crucial.

With a proven track record of delivery in senior leadership roles, alongside an entrepreneurial approach, the Managing Director will have sound financial and planning skills and will have successfully managed organisational change and development. Through empathetic leadership, the Managing Director will inspire Artangel’s team to develop their skills.

The Managing Director will demonstrate their personal commitment to our environmental responsibility objectives and support Artangel’s diversity objectives by creating a positive and inclusive working culture.

The Managing Director is both a leader and a team player who works closely with the Director to ensure the long-term success of Artangel.

Job-specific Tasks

Senior Management Strategic Responsibilities

  • Support the strategic plans and long-term objectives as set out by the Director and Board.
  • Establish, monitor and communicate key performance indicators to evaluate the organisation’s strategic direction and performance.
  • Oversee all aspects of financial management while providing regular reports to the Director and the Board’s Finance Subcommittee.
  • Drive business planning for the organisation in consultation with the Director.
  • Support the Director in:
    • managing relationships with key stakeholders including Arts Council England and other major donors and funders, trusts and foundations
    • developing strategic partnerships and new initiatives
    • overseeing fundraising strategy
    • overseeing marketing and audience development strategy

Financial and Operational Responsibilities

  • Create, review and present financial information to the Director, Finance Sub-committee and Board.
  • Create and manage the annual budget and the production of quarterly management accounts, annual audits, cashflows, VAT reporting and tax relief claims.
  • Keep up to date with financial, administrative, and operational best practice together with legal and tax changes (e.g VAT changes), seeking to maximise their advantage for the organisation.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal obligations and statutory requirements including Companies Act, Charity law, insurance, Employment Law, Data Protection, Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities.
  • Attend Board and other committee meetings, working groups and events as appropriate.
  • Lead data collection and manage the reporting requirements for Arts Council England funding and major trusts and foundation grants.
  • Design and manage HR policies and procedures, in consultation with the Director, external advisors and where appropriate the Board, including staff remuneration, recruitment, training and staff development.
  • Oversee annual staff appraisals, staff training and continuous professional development.
  • Line-manage the Head of Digital, Head of Development, Finance Manager and Administrative Assistant and other staff as required, and manage the recruitment and work of trainees and interns.
  • Design new and manage existing policies to ensure legal compliance and best practice in governance, risk analysis and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Oversee the development and roll out of Environmental Responsibility policy and action plan with the Head of Production.
  • Oversee all matters relating to the organisation’s offices including lease and services and manage the organisation’s assets and key supplier relationships.
  • Ensure IT is up to date and fit for purpose.

Project Management Responsibilities

  • Oversee business management of all projects including contractual and other relationships with artists, co-producers, funders and other partners.
  • Oversee the financial management of projects and initiatives with the Director and Head of Production.

Essential Skills and Experience


  • Experience in any similar leadership role in a publicly funded arts organisation.
  • A strategic understanding of the arts and cultural landscape in England.
  • A proven track record of reporting to Arts Council England.   
  • A proven track record of financial leadership at senior level.
  • Experience in engendering an inclusive workplace culture and in HR policy and procedures.
  • Knowledge of legal and statutory requirements for arts charities.
  • A proven commitment to environmental responsibility.
  • Experience of line management and staff development.

Skills and knowledge

  • Understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by arts and cultural institutions in the UK.
  • Developing and monitoring organisational business plans and strategies.
  • Understanding the reporting requirements for ACE funded organisations.
  • Ability to lead financial planning, management and reporting.
  • Ability to lead audit and tax relief processes.
  • Understanding of funding landscape and ability to work on fundraising and development.
  • Understanding of best practice in HR for staff and contractors.
  • Ability to develop team members through clear and effective leadership.
  • Ability to comply with legal obligations and statutory requirements of a charity.
  • Understanding of GDPR regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.


  • Enthusiasm for the arts.
  • Ability to form effective working relationships through leadership and coaching.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Able to produce accurate work under pressure.
  • Well-networked across the cultural community.
  • Entrepreneurial and positive attitude.
  • Ability to persuade, influence and negotiate effectively.
  • Ability to grow professionally in this role through new challenges and opportunities.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please complete the application form below.  

  1. All applications will be shortlisted using the information given in Part 1 of the form only
  2. Part 2 will be accessed by the selection panel if you are shortlisted for interview
  3. Part 3 is not accessed as part of the recruitment process at all

You cannot begin the form and then complete it at a later date. To ensure your application is not lost due to connectivity issues or similar, please write your answers on your own backed-up document and paste them over into the form when you are ready to submit it.

You should use the form to demonstrate clearly and fully how you meet the essential criteria for the job. The desirable criteria outlined in the person specification above contain skills and experience that it would be beneficial for a candidate to have. We will not make assumptions about your achievements or abilities – you must make it clear in your application exactly how you feel they match our requirements.

For all positions, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Artangel is a Disability Confident Committed Employer. We guarantee interviews to candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria. 

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