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Advert Date:   Wednesday, 1st September 2021
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Job Title:   Commercial Director
Organisation:   Ashmolean Museum
Salary:   up to £65,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Oxford, England
Closing Date:   Tuesday, 28th September 2021
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  Job Description
Commercial Director – Ashmolean Museum – Oxford, with flexibility – Up to £65,000

The Role
The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s beautiful, inspiring and free museum of art and archaeology. The Museum houses the University’s collections of art and archaeology together with objects and works owned by other private individuals and bodies and loaned to it. The collections themselves are of world significance.

Working as part of a small Executive management Team and reporting to the Director, this role has direct responsibility for leading, developing and delivering against the Museum’s commercial objectives in its Strategic Plan.

The Commercial Director provides leadership for all commercial activities which currently comprise retail (shop & online), catering, venue hire and events, corporate membership), publishing, licensing, photography, filming and the sale of image rights. In addition, they will oversee the ticketing of the Exhibition Programme, What’s On programme and associated box office support.

The Commercial Director will also be required to identify and deliver new income streams, consistent with the brand values and ethos of the institution. The jobholder will therefore play a crucial role in enabling the Museum to achieve its objectives and financial sustainability.

The Candidate
• A strong entrepreneurial spirit and appetite.
• A proven track record of increasing profitability of commercial operations and driving sustained growth within a similar environment.
• Ability to think strategically and understand the practical issues of identifying markets and planning, implementing and meeting targets in a challenging financial environment.
• Experience of successfully managing budgets and projects as well as developing management reporting and analysis.
• Ability to work flexibly and under pressure, plan and manage personal and team workloads.
• Demonstrable line management experience with a track record of delivering results through leading, developing and motivating teams, including experience of setting individual and team priorities, identifying strengths and supporting development needs.
• Ability and willingness to successfully work with the constraints of a large organisation with non-commercial objectives.
• A strong communicator (verbal and written) with excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to forge and maintain effective business working relationships with partners, suppliers and colleagues at all levels.
• Experience in managing contracts (e.g. catering and licensing), bringing optimum performance from the contract through effective joint working whilst ensuring profitability.
• Capacity and drive to deliver new opportunities; and the integrity, diplomacy and professional skills to work effectively on cross-team initiatives.
  Application Instructions
For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners:

William Pringle

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Closing date for applications: Tuesday 28th September
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