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Date Added: Sun 11/10/2020

Finance Director

Northampton, UK
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Company: FD RECRUIT

Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Director to join a flourishing, growing 3rd party logistics company, which will imminently undergo a financial event to aid faster growth. Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate will ideally have experience of working in a multi-user 3PL, B2B e-Comm business and have M&A, Integration and Private Equity exposure. Initially the role will be focussed on a full strategic review and the long-term focus of the CFO will be working in conjunction with the MD to drive the business forward.

Key duties will encompass:

  • Conducting a full strategic review of the finance department to increase efficiency and of the organisation as a whole to create a clear roadmap for growth in conjunction with the Managing Director
  • Leading and developing a robust finance and back office team and working collaboratively with all operational areas
  • Provide strategic direction to both the business and finance function including contributing to growth strategies both organic and acquisitive
  • Develop and drive refreshed business planning processes and challenge inefficiencies across the business
  • Review and manage efficient accounting methods for the Group including appropriate internal controls, providing financial expertise to other departments as required and ensuring all relevant audit requirements are met
  • Advise the Managing Director and Board of Directors on all financial matters, including business critical decisions, risk management, business opportunities and key client contracts
  • Lead the preparation, reporting and monitoring of budgets and financial forecasts and provide narratives and financial explanation
  • Ownership of budgeting, forecasting and cash flow analysis. Strong commercial acumen, margin analysis, KPI's and SLA's.
  • Confident relationship builder, happy presenting internally & externally, likes autonomy and accountability.
  • Provide commercial support to operational managers and other major stakeholders. Negotiation and supplier management skills required.
  • Supporting and challenging budget owners to meet targets and deliver budgets
  • Attend management and board meetings and present meaningful financial analysis and guidance / assistance where relevant to senior management
  • Close contact with financial institutions and working for PE and fund-raising experience is highly desirable.

About you:

  • Qualified Accountant ACA / ACCA / CIMA, ideally with at least 10 years' post qualified experience, with previous experience as a stand-alone CFO/FD within a PE backed SME environment essential
  • Must be prepared to travel when necessary.
  • Fund-raising, M&A and integration experience highly desirable
  • A goal orientated, motivated finance professional with a passion for people management with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Professional, assured, enthusiastic and flexibility are key.
  • Quick to grasp the commercial realities of the business and express it financially
  • Works well under pressure in fast paced environment and can deal with rapidly changing situations
  • Strong technical, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Freight or logistics experience is desirable, but not essential
  • Extremely hands-on approach with an ability and keenness to get into the detail

The successful candidate will be a very hands-on, dedicated and hardworking individual, with excellent communication and leadership skills, able to mix well at all levels of the business. This is a great opportunity to make a significant, long term impact and partner with a passionate MD to continue to grow a well-respected and established business to realise its full potential and will provide room for significant personal and professional growth for the right candidate.

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