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Michael Mesrie


Chief Financial Officer

Our client is a rapidly growing and profitable “vertical” Group of businesses in a niche segment of the Construction sector. The Group is a major beneficiary of strategic changes towards sustainable construction methods and as a result there is significant momentum behind the business resulting in a forecast near doubling of Group turnover this year to c£150m with planned growth towards £500m over the next five years. The business is becoming a significant force in its market.

The Group is now seeking an experienced Chief Financial Officer to join the business as a key member of the Executive team.

The Role

Reporting to the CEO and as a member of the Executive Management team, the CFO will play a key role in the leadership and development of the business. The role’s key responsibilities encompass the following:-

  • Strategy: key partner to the Board in the development of business strategy;
  • Financial Governance: Responsibility for the Company’s finance function ensuring a robust compliance, control and reporting environment supported by finance and operational systems that are fit for the current and planned scale of the business;
  • Treasury: Maintain effective financing structure and facilities for the Group which support its ongoing growth; oversee appropriate working capital and cash management supported by suitable forecasting routines; Build and maintain relationships with the Group’s bankers and other providers of finance;
  • Tax:. Work with the Group’s tax advisors to ensure efficient tax planning and compliance;
  • Forecasting and Planning: Oversee the development of appropriate processes and reports around financial planning, budgeting and forecasting;
  • Leadership: Ensure that the finance team possesses the skills and experience to manage, to a high standard of excellence, the finances of a business of the current and planned scale of the Group, ensuring that reporting deadlines are understood and met at all times;
  • Partnering: Build productive working relationships with senior operations managers to add value and manage risk;
  • Other: Management of key external stakeholders (auditors/ insurance brokers/ registrars/ credit brokers).

The Candidate

  • Qualified accountant, with experience at Finance Director level, ideally in a business of scale characterised by long term contract work (eg construction, housebuilding, civil engineering, engineering);
  • A character with the communication and people skills and a collaborative approach to drive growth and change;
  • Partner to the CEO and Managing Director, with experience and gravitas to provide support on strategic matters as well as strong financial and commercial challenge;
  • Experience in managing a variety of internal and external stakeholders including providers of finance, investors, insurers, auditors and corporate financiers;
  • Strong on governance, compliance and risk management;
  • Sound knowledge of financing and financial structure. Experienced in leading finance in a leveraged business.

This is an outstanding opportunity to play a pivotal role in the upscaling of a business that is becoming a major operator in its sector.



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