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An outstanding opportunity has arisen for a Chief Financial Officer to join a high quality, professional services firm which is a trusted brand in the Private Equity industry. Based in Central London (WC2), this market leading operation, require a commercially focussed senior finance professional to provide finance, commercial and increasing operational support across the organisation during this continued period of rapid growth. Reporting to, and working directly with, a highly entrepreneurial CEO, the successful candidate will have experience of working in a similar industry eg management consulting, advisory, executive recruiting/search or financial services. The CFO will have ultimate responsibility for the Finance Function, and has the potential to develop into a COO position with increasing exposure to Compliance & Risk, Legal, IT, Facilities and HR functions and the associated teams.

Key duties will encompass:

  • Overseeing the Finance function to deliver effective financial control, including cost and purchasing control, fee and sales pipeline, payroll and compensation
  • Oversee Audit and Statutory Accounts preparation
  • Financial risk management
  • Assistance with fund raising as required
  • Ownership of the strategic and operational plan for the firm and appraising progress against it, adjusting where needed
  • Business planning and budgeting processes across Practices
  • Analysis to drive performance and benchmark efficiency and profitability, including Dashboards and KPIs
  • Management Committee meeting preparation
  • Reviewing project metrics, output, post project reviews and feedback to identify excellence and underperformance
  • Managing FCA, and potentially FINRA plus passporting for operations in France and Germany
  • Increasing input into facilities management, HR, Legal, Compliance, GDPR etc

HR and Legal

  • Oversight of HR including junior and mid-level talent acquisition staff
  • Touch point with juniors (ear to the ground, ensuring high performers are well aligned and motivated, etc)
  • Running the front end of senior level recruitment processes, including Initial candidate screening
  • Solving legal and HR issues, including client, supplier and employee contracts, governance etc
  • Overseeing knowledge strategy - software, working practices, standards
  • With the CEO, key stakeholders to account on KPIs and commitments including monthly catch where relevant
  • Influencing 14 person Senior Stakeholder Group
  • With the CEO, spend time with non-UK offices to understand how they operate, keep them in the loop and share best practice
  • Direct reports: Finance team (4 heads)
  • Developing and managing direct reports through coaching, delegation, performance management, and role model behaviour

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 an International SME environment essential
  • Experience in a high quality professional services firm environment eg: management consulting, executive recruitment/search or financial services
  • Experience managing a broad range of operational functions
  • Track record of delivering step change (rather than incremental) improvements in companies
  • Background in role which involve influencing senior people to outcomes. Track record of success at this
  • Strong relationship and communication skills
  • Team leadership skills, to manage and motivate a small, talented team


The ideal candidate would possess the following characteristics:

  • A strong intrinsic drive to succeed and support growth of the business
  • The ability to work autonomously yet collaboratively with other partners
  • Naturally at ease with people, relationship oriented with a strong intellect
  • Good at listening, empathetic and strong on emotional intelligence
  • Sensitive and diplomatic in interactions with others
  • Commercial, structured approach, energetic, tenacious with a positive outlook
  • High tempo approach and used to multi-tasking and significant workload
  • Able to be influential and persuasive whilst remaining non-hierarchical
  • Flexible and able to cope with rapid change and ambiguity with resilience

This is a great opportunity to make a significant, long term impact and partner with a passionate, entrepreneurial CEO to continue to grow a trusted brand and to realise its full potential. It will provide room for significant personal and professional growth, as well as being well rewarded with generous base salary, significant bonus and outstanding benefits package and offer the ability to work in a flexible and autonomous, exciting, high growth environment.

Required skills

  • CFO
  • FD

Reference: 34373123

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