Finance Director

£90000 - £110000 per annum + Car, Bonus and Benefits
02 Dec 2022
09 Dec 2022
Helen Schwarz
Job Title
Finance Director
Experience Levels
Contract Type
Full Time

About Our Client

Our client is part of a highly successful global group. They invest heavily in R&D to maintain leadership in innovation and to drive organic growth. They also diligently pursue strategic, ground-breaking technologies via acquisition which accelerate progress further. They operate a decentralised model bringing many benefits, including highly accountable management teams and the opportunity to really make a difference. Employees are encouraged and incentivised to exercise agility and entrepreneurialism and are allowed the room to do so.

This is a high-profile FD appointment working for a key division within the group. They are a fast-growing company, with a history of investing in people, all while focused on empowering an autonomous, sustainable future. Their next generation technology is accelerating the change to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future for businesses, and the planet.

Job Description

This is a high-profile Finance Director opportunity in the West Midlands. This role will serve as the business partner and strategic advisor to the UK General Manager (GM), who they will have an operational reporting line into. They will also have a functional reporting line to the EMEA CFO. As well as business partnering the GM, you will also be supporting the wider Board/ Management Team.

The FD of this high growth division requires a demonstrated leader to help support take the business through an exciting period of growth and change. This is a crucial strategic role at the heart of the business. Taking full ownership of all aspects of the business and setting the financial direction and continuing to drive the tempo of the business.

Key responsibilities will include -

  • You will have full autonomy to shape the finance agenda, deliver process improvements and simplification, and drive business partnering
  • Full P&L and Balance Sheet responsibility
  • Be an active member of the UK Board, contributing towards the business's future success
  • Lead and develop a multi-site finance team
  • Oversee UK commercial, strategic, and technical financial management
  • Lead the forecasting process across the business
  • Harmonise financial operations and full resource sharing across legal entities
  • Manage working capital requirements, minimising risk, and optimising value-add inventory to support selling and service
  • Functional ownership of UK IT and insurance matters

The Successful Applicant

For this Finance Director opportunity in the West Midlands, you will be a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with significant post qualification experience. This Finance Director position requires a well-rounded commercially focused and technically strong finance leader.

You must have a history of success in commercially focused senior finance roles and ideally a track record of supporting a business through growth. Being able to engage with the sales team in a credible way will be an important skill. You must also have a good balance of strategic vision and hands on operating style. They are open to considering candidates looking to make that first step up into a FD position, with the opportunity to affect real change and to contribute to the direction of the company. Previous end to end operational finance responsibility will be important to achieve this including strong process and financial control skills and a high level of attention to detail.

A manufacturing/ engineering background is highly desirable. Prior software experience will also be advantageous. Broad business knowledge will be important. The successful candidate must be curious by nature, and able to understand the workings of a business and to collaborate effectively, demonstrating excellent business partnering. They must also embrace ambiguity and have an enthusiasm for innovation, continuous improvement and problem solving.

A successful track record in establishing high performing finance teams will also be required and any prior experience of bringing teams together and merging legal entities advantageous. A track record of supporting a business through growth will also be important. Ideally you will also have been involved with a system implementation and post integration experience would be advantageous.

The role requires an FD who has the strength of character to challenge whilst being able to do so in a collegiate and considered manner. It is also important that you are comfortable leading change, capable of influencing at all levels and with a decisive nature.

What's on Offer

£90,000 -110,000 Basic Salary, Car, Bonus, and other Standard Benefits

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