Director of Commercial Enterprises 

  • Are you excited by vanguard works of art, seminal publications and courses, beautiful gallery spaces and very good food?
  • Do you have the skills and experience to grow the commercial potential of an arts charity, as it emerges from the pandemic?
  • Can you optimise resources to deliver good returns on established brands, and identify opportunities to build new ones?
  • Can you inspire and motivate a team to reach ambitious targets?


The Whitechapel Gallery is seeking an experienced and proactive Director of Commercial Enterprises. They will oversee a team who deliver a renowned programme of artists’ editions; a world-class publishing house; well-established bookshop and restaurant partners; venue hire; and art courses.  The role will maximize commercial income from the Whitechapel Gallery’s intellectual property and brand, physical assets and franchise partners. Crucially it will also develop e-commerce. You will apply your skills and experience to deliver a successful commercial operation within a not-for-profit organisation, and to respond positively to the unique challenges and opportunities currently faced by the arts sector.

The Director Commercial Enterprises is accountable to the Managing Director, and to the Board of Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Limited.

Conditions of Work

  • Contract: Permanent, Full Time
  • Hours of work: 9.30am – 5.45pm,  with some occasional evening and weekend work, which will be compensated by time off in lieu.
  • Salary: £45,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Period of notice: 3 months
  • Probation period: 6 months


Download: Job Description

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 18 April 2021

Interviews: To be confirmed

The Whitechapel Gallery strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Charity number: 312162 Company number: 4093862

Photo: Surreal Science, 2018. Installation view. Copyright Whitechapel Gallery. Photograph by Stephen White

Apply for this role

  1. Download & complete the application form: Word,PDF
  2. Download & complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  3. Email the forms to Recruitment