Head of Finance
Based in south London our client is a family owned business that has significantly invested in a Peer 2 Peer lending fin-tech business. A talented and experienced management team has been put together by the CEO and this has led to an impressive record of growth from a standing start in 2015. The growth of the business has been driven by a number of factors, none more so the levels of innovation and investment in people and technology. This will be a wide ranging role, which has arisen through such consistent growth, and as Head of Finance you will take full responsibility for providing the controls and platform for this business to continue its development.
As the size of the business and the subsequent customer base grows aggressively it is critical that the support and decision making capability of the business keeps pace with this level of growth. As you will be the first person in post, to a large extent how you scope and define the role is very much in your hands.
Full ownership of the finance function and output will be an obvious starting point. How the figures are reported, how they shape the decision making process and how to gain greater efficiency's are all likely to be areas that you look to address: you will however be involved in all areas of the business. Overseeing the management of both the P&L and balance sheet, you will also be responsible for the continued development of the procurement strategy. Cash flow management and accurate MI are absolutely critical for the business at this stage, especially when viewed in the context of the speed of growth over the past few years. This growth has also triggered the need for greater sophistication around systems and platforms and an impending future implementation will also lie within your remit.
The desire to make a difference and to take personal ownership of achieving this will be important in your successes to date. The market is growing and witnessing an increase in demand, though success is hard earned: this represents both an opportunity and a challenge to you and how you look to shape this will be key.
As the number one person within finance within the organisation, you may have prior experience of being a Head of Finance or Financial Controller or this may be a step up for you. What is of most importance is to match your technical abilities with leadership ability, a hard work ethic and the ability to be 'hands on'. A Qualified Accountant (ACA / CIMA / ACCA) with experience of using Sage and an aptitude for continual improvement, you will set the standard as the Head of Finance and the leadership and development of the team you create.