Finance Director

Maidstone, Kent
To attract the best
13 Mar 2020
12 Apr 2020
Lycia Pitcher
Qualification Level
Fully qualified
Professional Membership
Seniority Level
Contract Type

We are currently recruiting for a strong Finance Director to work in a fast-moving environment reporting to the CEO within a leading fresh produce business.

The role has full responsibility for the financial management of the business and manage the full Finance team. Naturally, you'll be expected to analyse figures and implement recommendations based on these findings, with the most profitable outcomes.

You will be responsible for preparing financial budgets, weekly, monthly and end of year management accounts, KPI's, cost control and understanding all key cost trends.
You will be a key player in driving process improvements in the Finance team as well as providing insightful financial analysis for the board. The Finance Director will not only be an exceptional accountant and hands-on with company finances but will also be commercially aware, advising on the best path of growth for the business.
Provide leadership to the Board's Finance and Accounting strategy, to optimise the company's financial performance and strategic position.
Take overall control of the company's accounting function.
Contribute fully to the development of company strategy across all areas of the business, challenging assumptions and decision-making as appropriate and providing financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets and business drivers.
Ensure that company financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth.
Lead and develop Finance teams.
Work with senior teams to grow the business, formulating strategies and plans.
Ensure corporate budgeting processes are carried out and reviewed.
Take ultimate responsibility for the company's cash management policies.
Present annual accounts to stakeholders.
Ensure that the regulatory requirements of all statutory bodies are met.
Corporate finance: manage company policies regarding capital requirements, debt, taxation, equity, disposals and acquisitions, as appropriate.
Establish a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including customers and advisors.

Person Specification:
Evidence of extensive experience working in a comparable role, preferably within the fresh produce or soft fruit industry
Strong appreciation of the business needs and resourcefulness in coming up with solutions to their challenges.
Ability to relate to key client personnel in a professional and credible fashion.
Good interpersonal skills and well-developed leadership and management skills.
Ability to work as part of a team with colleagues across professional, operational and cultural boundaries.
Ability to identify needs and issues and recommend suitable and pragmatic courses of action and solutions, adopting a risk aware approach.
Good IT skills and experience of ERP and financial reporting software.
Ability to handle high levels of pressure and critical decision-making.
High integrity and openness combined with commitment to good governance.
Full professional accountancy qualification (ACA / CIMA / ACCA)
Significant fresh produce, food or FMCG experience
Board level finance experience
Experience in financial strategy, planning and budget management including mergers and disposals
Strong analytical approach
Experience streamlining department structures & processes, reducing overheads and managing a strong finance / commercial team.

If you are interested in the above role then please apply below, or please contact Lycia on 01780 480530 or [email protected] for further information.