Commercial Director, Dorset County Museum


Dorset County Museum (DCM) is one of the leading independent, charitable, heritage organisations in the South West of England.  Its diverse collections contain over 4 million objects, including internationally significant geology, archaeology and literary artefacts, and is visited by over 50,000 visitors a year.

The Museum is at an exciting and pivotal moment in its 170 year history. Having secured a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in September 2017, it is embarking on a £14.9 million capital expansion project to construct the innovative, visitor-focussed ‘Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset’. This will completely reimagine the Museum - its galleries, exhibitions, storage facilities, working spaces, retail and catering offer - to produce an organisation able to better conserve and interpret Dorset’s internationally significant heritage and be ready to meet the expectations of modern visitors. The commercial activities of the Museum are forecast to grow significantly as a result.

Main Purpose of Post: The post holder is responsible for the day to day management and administration of the Society and Museum, to ensure the longer term financial sustainability of the Society through the application of sound financial, administrative and human resource management principles and policies. The post holder will also be responsible for the development, establishment and thereafter direct management of a Trading Company to manage the commercial activities of the Society. 

Applications should include a full CV and a covering letter.

  • Closing date is: 12noon, Friday 17th November 2017
  • Interview date is: Monday 27th November in Dorchester

Please request a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification from the museum, or phone 01305 262735 
or email

Closing date: 
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Opportunity type: