Interim Head of Finance

Lloyd Barnes Accountancy Recruitment
£75000 - £85000 per annum + Benefits
06 Oct 2017
07 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role: Head of Finance

Type: 12 month fixed term contract

Salary: £75,000 to £85,000

Location: Hampshire or Buckinghamshire

My client, a FTSE 100 listed company, is recruiting through Lloyd Barnes Accountancy Recruitment for an Interim Head of Finance, based in Hampshire.

Purpose of role: Responsible for all aspects of finance activity within the business stream. This is a strategically focussed role with an emphasis on driving the business forward and making a positive impact on the top and bottom line of the business stream. This role will be responsible for identifying and mitigating commercial risks and delivering strategic financial solutions, particularly around skills funding, reforms and bidding activity within the business stream.

Key Technical Skills / competencies:

  • Able to prepare and present difficult and complex financial/ operational information in a simple and meaningful way
  • Strong financial analytical experience
  • People management skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • The ability to manage upwards
  • Skills funding knowledge preferable

Key Behavioural competencies:

  • Able to present competently and confidently to senior management and negotiate effectively with customers and suppliers
  • Creates a culture of high performance and people management and actively manages poor performance
  • Aligns functions and resources, and deploys people and skills optimally to achieve strategic priorities
  • Clear focus, attention to detail, commercially astute and a strategic thinker focused on execution
  • Highly motivated Partnering; ability to work with a partnering culture to develop positive relationships both internally and externally
  • Proactive, positive, can-do mentality

Key Analytical Skills and Challenges / competencies:

  • Numerically literate and able to build, understand and manipulate financial spreadsheet models
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • High level of computer literacy


  • Qualified ACCA/CIMA/ACA with at least 5+ years PQE
  • High level of computer literacy (incl. Advanced Excel)

Degree qualified or equivalent industry experience

Key Tasks and Activities:

  • Comprehensively understand government funding for skills and analyse potential funding opportunities across the UK
  • Provide a strategic and commercial overview and leadership to the finance department
  • Use financial information to constructively challenge current and potential business activity in order to increase profits and improve efficiencies
  • Supervise, support and develop the finance teams
  • Work with the commercial team to develop a working understanding of all commercial agreements in the Business Stream, identifying risks and mitigations where appropriate
  • Prepare monthly management reporting and materials for monthly business reviews, and take ownership for actions
  • Lead the development of the financial solution for growth opportunities. Test these solutions through the process. Manage / lead as required the financial due diligence process for potential acquisitions
  • Work in conjunction with the Bid teams to create winning opportunities / bids / acquisitions. Co-ordination and presentation of bids and acquisitions as required to the BU, Divisional and Group Management team
  • Review and approval of bids (within authority limits).
  • Responsible for tight balance sheet management and control (with regular balance sheet and contract reviews)

Other Activities:

  • Support and manage internal and external audit requirements, including ensuring timely resolution of audit findings and comments
  • Manage the finance integration of new contracts and acquisitions
  • Supervision and management of the finance team to ensure BU, Divisional and Group requirements are met (e.g. weekly cash forecasts, monthly and annual accounts, budgets, rolling forecasts and strategic plans)

Performing other ad-hoc tasks as required

Budget / Cash Management Responsibility:

  • Budget Co-ordination for Business Stream
  • Finance department budget

Key Outputs/Deliverables:

  • Sustainable business growth in line with budget
  • Key financial bid information for approvals
  • Timely and accurate delivery of BU, Divisional and Group requirements
  • Managing the function in line with the Group's corporate governance policies, processes and procedures including those relating to Health and Safety & IAMM
  • Development of staff
  • Protect assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
  • Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Individually specified objectives

Describe with whom the role regularly interfaces:


  • Customers: SFA, other funding bodies, commercial clients
  • Suppliers
  • Auditors


  • Finance Teams (Business Unit / Divisional / Group)
  • Divisional teams
  • Operational teams
  • Bids and BD teams

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