Chief Executive Officer Position

NEW CLOSING DATE 10 April 2020

Detailed Job Description and Person Specification here (pdf)


English Symphony Orchestra

The English Symphony Orchestra, one of the most highly acclaimed and innovative orchestras in the UK,  seeks a talented, highly-motivated and visionary Chief Executive Officer to lead its future development.

This position is made possible  through the generous support of the John Ellerman Foundation and the William A. Cadbury Trust and is currently funded for three years. With a regional base in Elgar country, the CEO will be expected to work in the ESO office in Worcester as necessary.

Chief Executive Officer   

Salary in the range of £33-40,000 (depending on experience). Flexible working hours and conditions negotiable

Outline Job Description

Strategic Vision

As CEO you will be a key member of the leadership team overseeing the organisation’s development.

Working in partnership with the Artistic Director, you will develop and implement a business plan to underpin and deliver our key ambitions. Your creativity, drive and vision will by central to shaping the future of the ESO.

Artistic Vision

You will work closely with the Artistic Director to further develop the ESO’s artistic brand, build partnerships with soloists, composers, record companies, festivals and presenters, and develop programming. You will also work with the Development Officer and Artistic Director to build larger and more diverse audiences.


The CEO will be responsible for developing and implementing the ESO’s overall fundraising strategy.


The CEO will be responsible, in partnership with the Board, for assessing, developing and implementing systems of financial planning, governance and management, and for overseeing budgeting on both an annual and project basis. The CEO will maintain accurate and cashflow projections.


The CEO will be responsible for supporting and developing the ESO’s operational team. This includes  supporting personal and professional development of staff, identifying staffing needs and finding resources to fill those needs.

Community relations

You will work with the Development and Education Officer to foster strong relationships with community partners and the wider public, and to build enduring support for the orchestra wherever we work.

Outline person specification

  • Education to degree level, or equivalent experience
  • Passion for classical music, particularly orchestral music
  • Ability to interpret financial data
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Strong database skillls
  • Some experience in arts administration

A detailed job description and person specification can be found here 

Candidates should submit a completed application form with a letter of application  by emailing  The deadline for applications is Friday, 10th April. Applications will be considered as submitted. The ESO reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date.

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