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Michael Mesrie


Head of Finance

Our client is a high growth, high quality, acquisitive Private Equity backed technology business based in the North West, turnover c£25m.

With a program of transformative acquisitions planned over the next 18 months, followed by a corporate transaction (likely to another PE House), the business is seeking a commercially aware Head of Finance to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of Finance and to help the business to achieve its performance objectives.

The business has a highly flexible working culture.

The Role

Through incisive commercial acumen and strong leadership skills, the Head of Finance will develop the Finance function into an efficient business partnering service, spreading a culture of commercial awareness throughout both Finance and Operational / Client-facing functions.

Reporting to the CFO, key responsibilities encompass:

  • Management: Leading and developing the finance team (currently 5 staff, likely to grow to 10 over the next 18 months);
  • Reporting: Development of insightful MI pack and Board report comprising both financial and operational KPIs;
  • Processes and Systems: Development / improvement of processes, controls, systems;
  • FP&A: Budgeting, forecasting, ensuring cost base is commensurate with planned business performance;
  • Business Partnering: Commercial partnering across the business on effective working capital and cashflow management. Key partner to Senior Leadership Team in commercial and strategic decision making;
  • Ad hoc projects: including acquisitions;
  • Stakeholder Management: Primary contact for auditors and key relationship with banking partners.

The Candidate

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified, ideally trained in audit at an accountancy practice with 2+ years’ experience in industry;
  • Strong excel and forecasting/modelling skills are essential;
  • Strong technical understanding of current reporting standards;
  • Outstanding leadership, communication and presentational skills;
  • Keen to develop into a Finance Director.

This is a broad value-adding role in a highly rated PE backed growth business. During the course of the next 2 years, you will lead the transformation of Finance into a commercially valued business partnering function, and be involved in a program of acquisitions and an exit transaction; all of which is ideal experience for building a platform from which to step up to a Finance Director role in due course.

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