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Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director - Retail Distribution Sector

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31 Jan 2022

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Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director - Hyper growth International Retail Distributor - London (Full time - Hybrid working 2-3 days a week in office)

Reed Leadership Finance have been engaged be a hyper growth international retail brand distributor. Having seen 100% YOY growth over the last 2 years they are seeking a commercially focused and ambitious Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer to help expand their reach further and position them for a trade sale or equity realisation event in the next 3 years.

This is a superb opportunity to join a founder led business and partner with them to achieve this goal.

Currently achieving a turnover of £9m, you will have proven experience of taking a business from this size to circa £30m T/O over a 3-4 year period within a similar type of business. This could be either as the number one, or as a number 2 working extremely closely with the CFO

Working with the founder you will help to build a first class finance function and support in driving business culture to achieve the ultimate goal of an exit event.

The role will not only encompass finance but also oversee certain aspects of business operations.

Your Responsibilities Shall Include:
  • Overseeing a finance function - with hands on experience including financial accounting, FP&A, and overseeing transactional team
  • Experience? of financial reports, budgets, forecasts and financial models for the Directors (plan will be to add a finance manager to team within 9-12 months)
  • Business partnering with founder
  • Production of analysis on business opportunities, risks, and monitoring revenue streams across brand portfolio
  • Working with business management ensuing strong internal relationships working towards improving operational efficiency regionally
  • Working with Operations Manager to ensure end-to-end supply chain including logistics, warehousing, marketing and legal contracts are set with suppliers and customers.
  • Lead the implementation of various new systems across supply chain, logistics, finance etc
  • Managing a team of 2 people, and relocating finance function eventually to the UK

To be considered your experience shall include:
  • A qualified accountant ideally ACA, CIMA or ACCA or equivalent at CFO/FD/Head of Finance level
  • Previous experience working in an brand distribution, retail, or wholesale business. Electronics, Fashion or Beauty
  • Strong understanding of stock accounting and supply chains
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Commercially focused individual
  • Experience of building a 1st class finance function
  • Experience of selecting and implementing an ERP system fit for purpose
  • Experience of preparing a business for an exit event
  • Ideally have worked in a founder led environment or a private equity/Venture capital backed business
  • Experience of building an EMI or long-term incentive scheme

Package- £100,000 to £135,000 base salary + equity participation
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