Working at Hay Festival

The festival is put together by hundreds of people, from building the site and producing the events to welcoming our guests and spreading the word! 

Ice creams in the sun on Hay Festival site


Hay Festival are seeking an experienced Finance Officer. This is a job for an extremely organised, confident and proactive multi-tasker, it requires an abundance of energy, resourcefulness and a keen eye for detail. The ability to prioritise effectively and communicate efficiently is key. 

General Duties

  • Manage payroll and pension function and ensure all returns and payments are made accurately and on time.
  • Prepare and supply financial management information for budget holders to facilitate management of their budgets
  • Understanding of projects and programmes to support international programme teams regarding budgets and costs. 
  • Reconcile monthly credit card accounts and post to relevant expenditure codes.
  • Reconcile all card sales transactions
  • Identify opportunities to claim Gift Aid and process and manage all gift aid claims
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly management accounts
  • Participate in the preparation of statutory accounts and compile relevant schedules and analysis. 
  • Implement a grant management system to ensure reporting requirements are met and to inform cash flow management.
  • Manage petty cash
  • Maintain nominal, sales and purchase ledger.
  • Credit Control.
  • Maintain Fixed Asset Register
  • Produce quarterly VAT returns


  • Proven track record in Financial Management.
  • Knowledge of VAT schemes including partial exemption and EU VAT.
  • Experience and knowledge of working in the charity sector.
  • Knowledge of Sage Payroll and Xero accounting systems 

A full job description and person specification can be found here

Hay Festival strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer. We value difference and recruit by merit based on fair and open competition and welcome candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from people or social groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries. 

To apply please send a letter explaining how your experience fits the role, and a copy of your CV to 

We are looking to appoint as soon as possible, so may ask prospective candidates for an interview immediately and before the closing date. 

Closing date - Friday 7th October – 12.00pm