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Finance Manager

Nick Hern Books is seeking a Finance Manager to join our team, working three days a week. This is an exciting opportunity to take an active involvement in and responsibility for the overall financial operation of a vibrant and dynamic independent publishing house which sits at the heart of the UK theatre industry.



You will play a leading and hands-on role with the company’s finances, including involvement in all of the following areas (plus others as required):

  • Assuming overall control of the company’s accounting functions, including maintaining the cash book/sales ledger, preparing bank reconciliation, invoicing, entering receipts, making payments, chasing incoming payments, and so on
  • Preparing and submitting management accounts and information, quarterly VAT returns, annual directors’ self-assessment tax returns and share transfer information, corporation tax, and year-end accounts
  • Ensuring that the regulatory requirements of all statutory bodies, including HMRC, the Pensions Regulator and Companies House, are met
  • Preparing biannual author royalties
  • Ensuring that company financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth, suggesting adjustments and implementing change where necessary



We’re looking for someone who is an excellent accountant with a thorough understanding of corporate finance and regulatory requirements, and experience of bookkeeping.

You'll need to have:

  • Previous demonstrable experience in a similar role (experience in an arts organisation and/or publishing would be desirable)
  • High integrity, trustworthiness and openness
  • Excellent communication skills and strong attention to detail
  • Interest and aptitude in the development and effective utilisation of IT systems to support operational delivery
  • A passion for excellence and innovation in pursuit of business growth and success

You'll need to be:

  • Dynamic and insightful
  • Energetic, highly motivated, with an enquiring mind
  • Commercially astute
  • Technically capable and computer literate

An interest in and enthusiasm for theatre would be highly desirable.

We use Apple Mac hardware and associated software, but experience on other systems is equally valid. Experience of accounting/invoicing software such as Quickbooks or Xero would be particularly useful.



Term of Employment: Permanent, part-time contract.

Salary: £36,000 per annum pro rata, payable on 25th of each month.

Hours: 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., including a one-hour lunch break, three days a week (which days to be mutually agreed).

Reporting to: Publisher and Managing Director.

Place of Work: Flexible and to be mutually agreed, but likely to include both home-working and attendance at our office HQ. The office is a self-contained unit on the ground floor of a small office block in West London, set back off the Goldhawk Road near Shepherd’s Bush Green and the Bush Theatre. One-minute walk from Goldhawk Road underground station (Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines), eight-minute walk from Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line and Overground).

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Holidays: 25 days per year, plus bank holidays and Christmas shutdown.

Trial Period: Three-month trial period.

Notice: One month during trial period, two months thereafter.


Benefits following Trial Period:

Pension: Auto-enrolment in company pension scheme, with 10% employer contribution.

Travel: Travel season ticket loan.

Expenses: Theatre tickets, and other relevant expenses.


How to Apply

Please send a CV (not more than two pages) and a covering letter about yourself and what would make you suitable for this role (not more than one page) by email to Matt Applewhite at

Applications must be with us by noon on Monday 30 May 2022 at the latest, with interviews conducted during the week commencing 6 June 2022.

We will reply to all candidates via email within two weeks of the deadline for applications, regardless of whether you’ve been shortlisted or not.



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Equal Opportunities

Nick Hern Books is an equal opportunities employer, and actively encourages applications from groups currently under-represented in the theatre and publishing sectors, irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability or age. This applies whether in relation to terms of employment, conditions of service or opportunities for training. Individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.


About Nick Hern Books

Nick Hern Books is the UK’s leading specialist theatre publisher.

We’re home to some of the most exciting and renowned playwrights working today – including Annie Baker, Mike Bartlett, Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, debbie tucker green, Ella Hickson, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Arinzé Kene, Lucy Kirkwood, Tony Kushner, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Lynn Nottage, Jack Thorne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Enda Walsh – as well as essential training and advice books on topics such as acting, writing, directing and producing, to support creatives in their own work and careers. We also license most of our plays for amateur performance around the world.