The British Film Institute

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The British Film Institute


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Role Managed by:

Fiona Dattan

Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6247


Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 20/06/2021

The BFI is a cultural charity governed by Royal Charter, a National Lottery distributor and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. It describes its purpose as this: We believe society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us to connect and understand each other better. We share the stories of yesterday, search for the stories of today, and shape the stories of tomorrow. The BFI fulfils this purpose through supporting creativity and actively seeking out the next generation of UK storytellers; growing and caring for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive; offering the widest range of UK and international moving image culture online and in venue through its programmes and festivals; using its knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding of film and the moving image; and working with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries.

The BFI is now looking for an Executive Director of Finance, People and Business Operations. This is an exciting and high-profile role, which will have major influence in shaping the vision and strategy of the BFI.  The Incoming Executive Director will ensure the overall organisational health and performance of the BFI across its finances, people and business operations including legal, manage the day-to-day running of the BFI and work closely with the CEO and executive team to develop a strategy for long term prosperity.

The BFI is seeking someone with vision, entrepreneurial strengths and strategic insight. The incoming Executive Director will have experience of strategic and operational leadership and possess the ability to represent the BFI internally and externally. The ideal candidate will possess an accounting qualification, experience of business planning and leading large-scale initiatives, and good knowledge of government and charitable financial regulations. Candidates should also have a proven track record in leading an innovative people function, including direct leadership of culture and change.

The Executive Director must uphold and implement the BFI’s values and show a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, centring this within all responsible activities. It is important that candidates have an empathy and understanding of film, television and the moving image and align with the vision and mission of the BFI.

The BFI will be assisted in this appointment by global executive search firm Perrett Laver.

The BFI is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, with opportunities accessible to all. As a Disability Confident employer, it offers a first interview to any candidate with a disability or long term health condition if they meet the minimum requirements for the role; it also extends this approach to ethnically diverse candidates.

The BFI promotes and supports flexible working. This role can be based anywhere in the UK. Planned travel to BFI sites will be required, including to its HQ in London.

The deadline for applications is Midnight BST 20th June 2021.

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