Commercial Manager, Modern Art Oxford


Job Summary

The Commercial Manager is a new and key role at Modern Art Oxford, which will develop income from the Shop, Cafe, and hires business. 

Job Description

Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK's most exciting and influential contemporary art organisations, renowned for its bold and ambitious artistic programme that promotes diversity and internationalism and celebrates contemporary art as a progressive agent of social change.


The Commercial Manager is a new and key role at Modern Art Oxford, which will develop income from the Shop, Cafe, and hires business. With commercial expertise and a passionate interest in sourcing, developing, and displaying products that enhance the contemporary cultural offer of the gallery, the successful candidate will be responsible for achieving sales budgets by maximising income through onsite shop sales and the gallery's online store. This role is also responsible for the activities of the Cafe as a public amenity, providing a welcoming and attractive place for our visitors to eat, drink and socialise; and for promoting the gallery's spaces and facilities for external hire. The successful candidate will provide support to the Deputy Director in managing all aspects of the retail, Cafe, and event hires operations, and take a leading role in proposing new commercial opportunities for the organisation as a limited company and charity.

Job Requirements

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Significant experience of event coordination including client liaison and event delivery
  • Retail management experience
  • Cafe/catering management experience
  • Experience of line management
  • Experience of generating new sources of income and meeting financial targets
  • Experience of marketing and promotion
  • Excellent customer service and client development skills
  • Effective verbal and written skills to deliver clear instructions and messaging about the scheduling and requirements of each event
  • Experience of planning and monitoring budgets
  • Strong organisational and negotiation skills and ability to prioritise duties
  • Solution focused thinking and collaborative working practices across teams
  • Excellent team worker and a proactive independent worker
  • Good computer competencies including word, excel, email and diary management

Job Responsibilities

You will work closely with the Deputy Director and other Senior Management Team members to drive commercial activities forward and make a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the Shop and Caf , ensuring that they represent and support the brand of the organisation.

The Commercial Manager post takes on additional responsibilities as a Duty Manager as required and manages a small team of Shop and Cafe staff.

Salary: £35,000 pa

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How to Apply

To apply please register on Breathe HR using the link and upload the following:

a statement which sets out your suitability for the post, setting out how you meet each of the requirements in the person specification. Your statement should not exceed two sides of A4 paper.
a full CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.

Applications must be received by 9am Monday 20th February 2023

Initial Interviews planned for w/c 27th February 2023.

Modern Art Oxford is committed to creating equality of opportunity for all and we value diversity in our team. As part of our Anti-racism Action Plan, we welcome applications from people from the global majority who are under-represented in the workforce in our sector.

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