Finance Director

West Yorkshire
c£100,000 Car, Bonus, Equity and Bens
18 Oct 2016
25 Oct 2016
DC 181016
David Colgrave
Job Title
Finance Director
Experience Levels
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client is a c£50m turnover, private equity backed, international hi-tech manufacturing and engineering business that develops, prototypes and manufactures high specification precision components and sub-assemblies for the automotive market. With operations in the UK, USA and the far-east, the organisation has a blue chip client base of OEM’s and Automotive Tier Ones and a fantastic order book with strong demand for its market leading specialist products. As part of its ambitious growth plans the business seeks to appoint a Finance Director to work closely with the Group Managing Director and Board.
The Finance Director must be able to combine input into the strategic direction, commercial performance, stakeholder management, funding and growth of the business whilst remaining hands on and familiar with the financial detail of the company.
Key to the role will be effective operational responsibility for manufacturing financial control, cost control, cost accounting and stand costing together with control and evaluation of capital expenditure projects , cash-flow, working capital management and added value meaningful analysis and forecasts in order to provide pro-active advice and stewardship to the executive management.
Responsibilities will include:
• Team leadership and development (finance and IT) at operational level across an international platform
• Take an active role in the financial operations and the systems/processes required to speed up production and reliability of management information through system automation and simplification
• Control of selling prices, purchasing prices and profitability (GP level) by products/customers
• Consolidation of group accounts (actual, forecast) and analysis
• Prepare monthly reports (exec and Board)
• Manage budget process for all companies and provide a continuous 5-year Long Range Plan for the business
• Support the commercial/technical teams with customer tendering process
• Manage banks/investor relationships and ensure future funding requirements are met based on new capital investment required
• Currency hedging, cash management and inter-company loans
• Insurance programs, External/ Internal audits
• Tax and supervision of all Legal/Contractual matters
• IT systems and controls- Development of IT tools to eliminate waste and increase business efficiencies
Personality: Our client is a privately owned business with a strong culture; the successful candidate will have the drive, ambition and “commercial nous” to support the MD and help him drive the business forward but they must also retain the integrity, prudence and self-awareness required in the fiscal management of the company’s affairs.
The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a can do mind-set, a passion for adding value and “going the extra mile” to support the MD and Executive Management; challenging where necessary, always in an appropriate manner, and working to drive forward ongoing improvement across the business.
Experience: You will be a Qualified Accountant and experienced Finance Director; a natural leader with the communication skills, credibility and gravitas to influence at Board level and throughout an internationally diverse business. You should be capable of operating strategically but prepared to be hands on and in the detail where necessary.
To be considered for this outstanding opportunity you must have a strong, successful financial track record in manufacturing environments, ideally automotive, with experience of delivering cost reductions, developing and improving new/existing ERP systems and other IT systems to increase business efficiencies and eliminate waste. You will also have exposure to fund raising (debt and equity) and M&A activity.