Finance & Business Manager 


We’re one to watch in the industry – we’ve been consistently growing for years (excluding The COVID Years, obviously!) and are ready to take things to the next level.

Technical Stage Services are specialists in Theatre and Live Event Technology. Unlike most companies in the industry we offer a full range of services for our customers – and we do them well.

Whether it’s dry hire, full event production, equipment sales, installation, testing and inspections or repairs, we’re the only phone number a technical manager, facilities manager or event organiser needs to get all their tech needs sorted.

Our business is built on long term relationships, and we’re not after every single pound from our customers every time – we’ll work with them to prioritise their budgets and give them a plan to eventually get them what they need, even if that takes years.

We’ve been in business for 21 years so we must be doing something right 😉

Who you’ll be working with: 

We’re a friendly team of 16 who all have the same aim: to do a great job for our customers. We do our best to do things properly and not cut corners – particularly when it comes to safety.

Even when people leave they still feel like part of the team – 3 of our current team returned having previously left, and most of our ex-team members still freelance for us regularly!

What we do can be stressful – it’s events after all – but we all have a ‘can-do’ mentality and will always pitch in to help each other when needed. And we’ll have a few laughs along the way!

As head of the Finance & Admin Team you’ll also be a member of our Senior Leadership Team, playing a vital role in the decisions taken to drive the business forward. We meet off site once a quarter to review where we are against our targets, set new targets for the next period, and tackle any big issues that are impacting the business right now. We then meet weekly to make sure we’re on track and sort out the niggly issues as we go.

What you’ll be doing:

As Finance & Business Manager your purpose is to make sure that the business is on track to deliver its key objectives, and that our finances are in great shape.

In a nutshell, you’ll be responsible for everything that goes on in the back-office functions. That doesn’t mean you need to do everything – you’ve got a great Finance & Office Assistant to back you up, and a range of internal and external specialists you can call on. But ultimately, the success of this team is down to you.

You can break it down into 4 parts:

1) Looking after the Finances – making sure we pay our bills, our customers pay us, all our statutory returns are completed on time and the Senior Leadership Team have the right management information to make decisions.
2) Day to day management of your team – things like delivering 1-2-1s and appraisals, and making sure training needs are identified.
3) Looking after the Wider Team – heading up recruitment and selection processes, and making sure existing team members get the support and training they need from their managers.
4) Looking after our Contracts – overseeing Property, IT and other contracts within the business.

What your Typical* day will look like: 

9:20am Cruise into the car park and catch up with your colleagues as you head in to the office
9:30am Log on and check your inbox – delegate what you can to the team, and reply to any queries you’ve received
10:00am Check this week’s invoices ready for sending
10:05am Check the purchase invoices and post everything over to Xero
10:15am Reconcile the bank account
10:20am Organise this week’s payment run
10:30am Bathroom Break (you can do this whenever, this is just an example!)
10:35am Get to work on the management accounts for the monthly meetings later this week
12:30pm Lunch time!
1:00pm Meet with the Projects Manager to discuss plans for the upcoming Technician recruitment
2:00pm Time for a brew – and make a round for the team while you’re up!
2:05pm Run an analysis on several different options for units and their costings to present to the Director later in the week
3:15pm Make your plan for tomorrow
3:31pm Log off and head home!

*every day will be different, and you’ll be responsible for your work schedule

So let’s talk money

We’re not in a position where we can pay mega bucks for this role, and we’re being totally upfront about that – the salary range is between £33,000 and £40,000 pro rata – where you sit within that range will depend on your skills and experience.

It’s useful to also know that:

– We’re Living Wage employers, so everyone is paid a decent wage
– We apply a cost of living increase to salaries each year
– After 3 years with us you’ll be eligible for an annual retention bonus

But we also know that it’s not all about the money. Here are some of the other benefits working with us:

– Base rate of 28 days holiday, including bank holidays, which increases after 2, 4 and 5 years – up to 4 additional days.
– Day off on your birthday
– 1 day per quarter off to volunteer at a charity of your choice
– Free flu jab each year
– Free parking at the office, and free tea and coffee when you’re here
– Access to a legal/financial/counselling hotline 24/7
– Access to the TSS Library of helpful books
– Team days, meals out and the annual TSS BBQ
– Flexible working options
– Branded clothing provided

As well as all the usual things like company pension, sick pay, paid training etc.

** The Perfect Candidate will tick all these boxes: ** 

– You’ll have an accounting background – either qualified or with bags of experience (or both!)
– You’ll also have great business acumen – you’ll be more than just a number-cruncher
– You’ll love a good spreadsheet!
– You’ll be a natural problem solver who wants to find a way to make things happen
– You’ll have great attention to detail
– You’ll have an understanding of HR and People Management (but you’ll be supported by our external HR consultant so you don’t need to be all over the detail)
– You’ll have read this job description and thought ‘Yeah, this sounds exactly what I’m looking for!’
– You’ll be friendly and approachable with a ‘can-do’ attitude
– You’ll have a good grasp of IT

The Nitty Gritty 

We work out of our main unit in Sherburn in Elmet (It’s between Leeds and Selby, about 7 minutes from the A1(M) junction 42). You’ll get a laptop so you can work from pretty much anywhere – but we’d like you to be in the office at least one day each week.

The job is part-time, we’re thinking 16 hours per week but we can be flexible on this for the right person. We can also be flexible on when those hours are worked.

Our current Finance Manager is staying in the business – we’re just having a reshuffle – so we don’t need to get someone into this role asap. We’re happy to wait for the right person.

Want to know more?

Just ask!

Your Next Step: 

If you’re ready to make a move and be part of our fab team, then Apply Now!