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Head of Finance - Retail

Head of Finance - Retail

Posted 11 July by Ian Leech Professional Recruitment
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My client is an established, highly successful business offering a wide range of products and services to a demanding and discerning customer base.

The business is now looking to appoint a Head of Finance to take full financial responsibility for one of its major divisions.

Job role:

  • Working alongside the senior management of the division to optimise the financial performance of each Business Unit
  • Responsible for all financial aspects of business unit strategy and delivering accurate reporting, insightful analysis, and commercial challenge
  • The Head of Finance will have overall responsibility for ensuring a robust financial control environment within the business unit

Principle Accountabilities

  • Commercial Finance support to the Heads of Business
  • Supervision of all Management Accounts functions for the business unit
  • Supervision and preparation of Divisional Budgets and Forecasts and presentation to Directors
  • Present a financial review of the Division on a monthly basis to the company directors
  • Investment appraisals
  • Ensuring all accounting activities comply with regulations
  • Financial review of Business Opportunities

Responsibilities include

  • Support delivery of divisional budgets as well as stock/working capital targets by providing clear and insightful analysis, and robust challenge where appropriate, working with relevant senior teams
  • Full Control and Integrity of Business Unit ledger
  • Internal Controls for Financial related processes
  • Ensure the training & development of new staff
  • Lead and develop finance and admin teams
  • Ensure BU Managers have a full understanding of the financial aspects of their role
  • Ensure that Procedures relevant to Financial Information are fully understood by those responsible for their ongoing production
  • Work closely with Finance teams across the business
  • Champion and support the introduction of Finance & IS procedures
  • To carry out other related duties as required by the Finance Director, Managing Director or Senior Manager

Knowledge and Experience Required

  • Proven experience of working in a senior Finance role, preferably in a commercial environment
  • CIMA, ACA, ACCA Qualified
  • Ability to investigate, negotiate, mediate and resolve issues
  • Change Agent

Skills and competencies

  • Personal and Professional integrity
  • Leadership abilities
  • Proven relationship building skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Understanding of I.T. systems relevant to their role including all Microsoft Office Applications
  • Exceptional organisational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to understand Objectives and goals at all levels


The business is highly flexible, has highly capable people, a respected, well known and trustworthy brand and have a well-established , reliable infrastructure in which the organisation continues to invest. All of this will lead to new opportunities across all areas of the business, from the front line to back office in order to support those activities.

This is a senior role which requires flexibility in working hours and the ability to travel freely between the Channel Islands and the UK.

Required skills

  • Commercial Finance
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Reporting

Reference: 35605785

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