The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.
Now in its fifth decade, the RNCM is relatively young, but its rich history spans back to 1893 when Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1973, this institution merged with the Northern School of Music, and the RNCM was born. Today, the College is a thriving conservatoire with around 320 teaching staff and over 900 students from 60 different countries.
A world-leading conservatoire, with a £21 million turnover, the RNCM was awarded Gold in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s first Teaching Excellence Framework. It is currently the UK’s leading music college for research following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, and is proud that 100% of its graduates in 2016 and 2017 were in employment or further study within six months of leaving the institution. The RNCM has also been awarded two Times Higher Education Awards: Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (2015) and Outstanding International Student Strategy (2016) and a prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (2018).
RNCM is seeking a dynamic, creative and highly experienced finance professional to join the institution as its new Director of Finance. A member of the RNCM’s Executive Committee reporting directly to the Principal, this person will provide strategic leadership to the College’s Finance Department, Academic Registry and Business Systems Development Unit, ensuring a high quality, responsive and customer-focused service for governors, staff, students and external stakeholders. A persuasive and influential member of the leadership team, the Director of Finance will advise and guide the Principal, Board of Governors and senior colleagues on financial and planning issues facing the College, including the constraints and priorities, playing a leading role in the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans, risk management and data analysis and reporting. The successful candidate will also draft responses to formal consultations and prepare external bids on behalf of the institution, as appropriate.
Responsible for financial and student number planning, the appointee will work closely with senior academic colleagues to set annual recruitment targets, ensuring that scholarship and bursary funding is deployed strategically to incentivise recruitment and achieve an appropriate overall student ecology. Fully abreast of the challenges facing the Higher Education and Conservatoire sectors, they will play a major role in enabling the RNCM to realise its exciting strategic ambitions and fulfil its creative potential.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to RNCM on this appointment. A candidate brief with full application details can be obtained from their website at www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference code KACIB2. Alternatively, telephone 0207 227 0880 during office hours. Applications should be received by noon on Monday 26 August 2019.